Gary Vetri has joined G2 Travel as head of destination management, Hotel Division for North America.
Vetri, a veteran in the travel industry, previously held management positions at Destinations of the World, AlliedTPro and GTA. G2 Travel is a dynamic worldwide wholesale tour operator, specializing in group-only land operations for the B2B travel industry.
G2 Travel has also appointed Esra Samrioglu as destination manager, hotel division, where she will oversee contracting for the northeast region of the U.S. Samrioglu brings with her years of experience, having held contracting positions at GTA, Hotelbeds and lastminute.com.
Sarah Dickson has left Destination Marketing Association International, where she was vice president, partnership. Previously, she was director of partnership development for Brand USA. Dickson also served as director of exhibitions and sponsorship sales for the U.S. Travel Association. Those interested in reaching Dickson, who is available for new opportunities, can contact her at [email protected].
Alexandre Mesquita has been named commercial manager for Hostway Travel, which is based in São Paulo, Brazil. He joins the company from Grupo Águia/ Núcleo Lazer, comprised of the operators Interplanet and Planeta Brasil, where he was commercial director. He was also a general manager of Sales of MMTGapnet.
Nish Patel has been promoted to the post of president of Mayflower Tours, based in Downers Grove, Ill., Patel, a 31-year hospitality industry veteran, has spent the past 17 years at Mayflower Tours. He was most recently chief operating officer of the company, and previous to that, was chief information officer. John Stachnik, the longtime president Mayflower who, along with his wife Mary are co-owners of the company, will move the position of chairman.
Hills Balfour has been chosen by Brand USA as its UK and Ireland representation agency, ending a five-year partnership with Black Diamond. The new partnership is initially for one year and was scheduled to start on May 30. Under the agreement, Hills Balfour will provide travel marketing, representation and PR to Brand USA. The company already represents several U.S. destinations, including NYC & Company, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, Hawaii and Palm Beach.
André Cadena has been appointed by Agaxtur, one of Brazil’s largest tour operators—it offers a wide range of product, including the USA—as an account executive to work in the state of Pernambuco, with a focus on the capital, Recife. Cadena has 15 years’ experience in the tour and travel industry, including tenures with Transmar Incentive & Bustiness Travel and the now-defunct operator, Nascimento.
NOTE: The Inbound Report will not be published next week; we’ll be in Washington, D.C., covering IPW. Our next publishing date is June 15th.