Visit Baltimore, the city’s tourism and convention agency, has named Al Hutchinson as the new president and CEO following the departure of Tom Noonan in May; Noonan left to take over as president and CEO of the Austin (Texas) CVB. Hutchinson, 57, most recently served as president and CEO of Visit Mobile in Alabama for two years. Previously, he was vice president of sales for the Virginia Beach CVB for more than a decade. He’ll take over the position in Baltimore on Nov. 14.
OpenSkies airlines has named Pierre Butera as director of sales for France and the United States. OpenSkies is the British Airways-owned carrier that operates between Paris-Orly Airport and both Liberty International Airport in Newark and JFK in New York. Butera was previously director of sales and leisure markets for British Airways and Iberia in France.
Monica Afonso, who has served as sales manager at Delta Air Lines in the company’s Rio de Janeiro office, has joined the sales team at High Light, a major airline ticket consolidator also based in Rio de Janeiro. She can reached at [email protected].
Daniel Gozalo has joined São Paulo-based tour operator Orinter Tour & Travel. A long-time veteran of the tour and travel industry, Gozalo most recently served as director of international products for Viagens Master, also based in São Paulo. He has also held senior sales and marketing positions for Designer Tours and Raidho.
Ricardo Carreón has been appointed vice president of Sabre Travel Network for Latin America and the Caribbean. He comes to the post from the NCR Corporation, where he was general manager for the Caribbean, Latin America and Brazil. Carreón, who speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish, has also served in senior management positions for Comptel and Intel.
Jonathan Elkoubi has been named director of tourism, group sales and corporate events for Applebees—Apple Metro Inc. Apple-Metro Inc. is the New York Metropolitan Area franchisee for both Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and Pizza Studio, with 38 locations in NYC’s five boroughs, Westchester and Rockland counties. Elkoubi comes to the post from Ripley’s Believe it or Not Times Square. Previously, he was director of sales and operations, incoming groups, for Bonjour USA Inc.