In the UK, TUI has promoted Richard Sofer to the position of commercial director for the UK and Ireland. Sofer, who will begin his new job on Dec. 1, will have responsibility for the brand’s product offering, yield management and aviation planning. Sofer joined TUI UK in September 2016 as managing director of Thomson Cruises. Prior to joining TUI, Sofer worked for GLH Hotels where he held senior financial and chief executive roles.
W2M Wordl2Meet, part of Grupo Iberostar, has signed Jesús Marín as director of W2M Pro for Spain and Portugal. Currently the manager of Tour 10—he will join W2M Pro in November—Marin has led the company’s tour operator and booking platform for travel agents. W2M was founded in 2008 as NT Incoming and New Travelers and is 100 percent owned by Iberostar. It has receptive offices in a dozen countries, including the USA.
Funway Holidays has appointed Amy Shine to the newly-created role of product manager following a series of job changes at the tour operator. Her appointment follows the recent recruitment of Former Thomas Cook head of trade partnerships Audrey Brooks-Wiggins as head of sales and four other staff into newly created roles across the business, including Sam Robinson as marketing manager, Christian Brett as marketing executive, and Ayo Akinsala as operations executive. Shine most recently worked for Secret Escapes to develop its long-haul portfolio and previously worked for Cosmos and Your Golf Travel, heading up the group’s international product and commercial teams.
Amy Drummond, formerly business development manager for Scotland at Funway Holidays, has taken a job with AMResorts, which has a partnership with Funway.
Rachel Castaneda Mata has been appointed director of sales for Visit Santa Clara (Calif.). Previously, she was director of sales and marketing at the Hilton Hotel in Cupertino. Prior to that, she had worked at Visit Santa Clara s national sales manager, and served as a national sales manager for ARAMARK.
Olympic Holidays has announced the appointment of Donna Allcock as director of product and commercial next month. She joins from travelsupermarket.com where she was most recently channels manager. Before that, she spent almost 20 years at Thomas Cook. She takes on her new position two weeks after Clare Tobin was promoted to the post as CEO of Olympic Holidays. Tobin had been the company’s chief commercial officer.
Luciano Macagno, former country manager of Delta Air Lines in Brazil, is now director of Latin America for the airline, which has transferred its regional base from São Paulo to Miami. Macagno told the Brazilian travel trade publication, PANROTAS, that the new structure in Miami will allow Delta to be close to all Latin markets, large companies with regional headquarters in the city and the operations of about 100 flights of partner companies.
Marc Herrgott will take the helm at Windrose Finest Travel starting Nov. 1. Herrrgott comes from the IT provider Traffics, a well-known German firm that works with many tourism industry clients. Previously, he headed the product, service and fulfillment areas for TUI’s premium brands.
Dominique Young has been named product development coordinator for the Entertainment Benefits Group, the venue, attractions and entertainment ticketing company with offices in Orlando, New York and Las Vegas. She comes to her new post from New York Water Taxi, where she served for eight years in several different capacities, lastly as sales account manager
Lisa McAuley is moving to dnata Travel as managing director of travel of the operator’s Gold Medal/Travel 2 brands. She’ll be leaving her post as managing director for Silversea in the UK and Ireland. Previously, she worked for Avis for 15 years in senior commercial roles.