Sarah Dickson is leaving her post as director of partnership development at Brand USA; to join Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) as vice president, partnership development. Prior to her tenure with Brand USA, Dickson served years at the U.S. Travel Association, where she was director of exhibitions and sponsorship sales.
Monica Neves Sales is leaving her position as sales manager with Delta Air Lines in the State of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. She has been with the company for 18 years, starting as a booking agent, before becoming coordinator of South America sales and then sales manager. She’ll be replaced by Marcos Vinicius Juste, who was recently hired by Delta. Neves told the Brazilian travel trade publication PANROTAS that it was time to seek new challenges, saying, “Working in Delta was a wonderful experience. The best years of my life I spent in the company. I grew up professionally, I learned a lot. I worked with amazing people.”
Mark Dorr has been appointed president of the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association, Dorr keeps a keen eye on the weather report. He has been with the association for 14 years, serving as communications manager (March 2003 to August 2010) and as vice president from August 2010 until his appointment as president.
Les Enderton, who has been executive director of the Oahu Visitors Bureau for nearly 20 years, has announced plans to retire at the end of 2016. Enderton has led the bureau since 1997. A former Green Beret, Enderton began his career in the travel and tourism industry working for American Airlines, serving as the carrier’s manager of passenger services as well as passenger and freight sales in Hawaii starting in 1970. He later worked in tourism advertising, handling accounts for Starr McCombs Advertising and Milici Valenti/DDB in Honolulu before opening his own Enderton & Associates advertising firm.
The Georgia World Congress Center has appointed travel industry veteran Joe Bocherer as its new chief commercial officer. He succeeds Carl Adkins, who has taken a position as executive director of Atlanta Football Host Committee Inc. Bocherer has been in the travel and tourism industry for more than 15 years. His CV includes a tenure as vice president of sales for Experience Columbus. Most recently, he was head of franchises sales and marketing, North America, for InterContinental Hotels Group.
In the UK, Craig Davidson has been named general manager of the Jet2Holidays trade team, which has been restructure. Davidson joins the company from Holiday Malta, where he had served as director of sales since 2014.