Ashlee Ciora has been appointed senior director of tourism for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Ciora, who joins L.A. Tourism from the Palm Springs CVB where she was vice president of travel industry sales, will be responsible for overseeing strategy and programming for half of L.A. Tourism’s international markets in coordination with Stephanie Nakasone, who will continue to oversee the other half. Ciora will report to Kathy Smits, vice president of tourism.
In Brazil, Flavio Correa is the new commercial manager Flytour Gapnet in Rio de Janeiro. He joins the company after ten years working for Advance (and later in Rextur Advance after the merger of the two; CVC is the majority owner of the company). Correa reports to regional manager Rubens Braga Jr.
In the UK, Ian Chambers has been promoted from his post as Monarch’s head of digital and marketing to the role of chief commercial officer. He replaces Adrian Tighe who left the company last month. Chambers joined Monarch in 2005 and, most recently, had responsibility for online marketing, the digital strategy and online sales across all group brands and products. Prior to joining Monarch, Chambers held digital and marketing positions at Epson, EasyJet and Go.
Patrice Caradec (left) CEO of Transat France, has left the tour operator. Following the official acquisition of Transat France and Tourgreece by the TUI Group, Tui terminated the functions of Caradec. A 25-year veteran of the tour and travel industry, he has been succeeded by Pascal de Izaguirre (right) who has also been named a director of the company. Izaguirre, who has been part of the Tui Group since 2012, has worked in senior-level positions for various travel and tourism companies. His career includes a tenure as executive vice president of Air France, Americas.
Also in France, Philippe Garcia has been commercial attaché, Teldar Travel, for the country’s southwest region. A B2B operation, Teldar is a global bedbank that also sells other travel product. Before joining Teldar Travel, Philippe Garcia spent 17 years at FRAM in Toulouse.
DER Touristik CEO Norbert Fiebig has been re-elected as president of the German Travel Association (DRV). Fiebig was first elected to the top spot of the organization in June 2014. He succeeded Jürgen Büchy who resigned from the post for personal reasons.