Nan Marchand Beauvois has been promoted to the post of senior vice president, national councils and general manager, ESTO (Educational Seminar for Tourism Officials) for the U.S. Travel Association. She was previously vice president. A veteran of more than three decades in the tour and travel industry, Marchand Beauvois joined U.S. Travel as a senior director of national councils in February 2011 after serving as executive director of the Pasadena CVB. Her resume also includes a 15-year tenure with Universal Studios Hollywood, where she was vice president of sales.
Also from US Travel, Tori Barnes has joined the association in the new position of senior vice president, government relations. Previously, Barnes served for 14 years with General Motors Company, where she was most recently executive director of federal affairs. Her previous experience includes tenures as a congressional liaison for the Republican National Committee and as director of fundraising and events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s National Capital Chapter.
Emma Lelliott has been named head of trade sales for Belleair Holidays, a UK operator that sells a wide range of Visit USA product. Lelliott joins the company from Alpharooms where she was head of sales and operations for two years. She has also held positions at Medhotels, TUI and Thomas Cook. Lelliott will oversee trade sales for both Belleair and its sister company, Magic Rooms.
John Curran has returned to Chicago as vice president and general manager of Big Bus Tours Chicago after starting the year in New York City, the company’s largest global operation. Curran has been a visible leader in Chicago tourism for 25 years including a tenure at Choose Chicago as managing director of tourism. He brings several years of sightseeing tour experience to Big Bus Tours which has operated in Chicago since 2015.
Paris-based Jet Tours has reorganized the commercial division of the company’s territory which comprises French offices, with the operator promoting Stéphanie Joubrel, as head of the Paris, Hauts de Seine and Center France sector. Joubrel began her career in travel agency and has been working in the group for 15 years.
Flybe airlines, which provides numerous connections to long-haul U.S. bound flights, has appointed Roy Kinnear as new chief commercial officer as part of a management shake-up in the wake of the company’s recent profits warning. Kinnear, currently chief executive of Air Seychelles, will join the company in January. He will have overall responsibility for the airline’s revenue management, network, scheduling, and other commercial aspects. The shakeup at the airline will also see Flybe’s chief revenue officer, Vincent Hodder become chief strategy officer. Prior to Kinnear’s arrival at Flybe, Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s director of revenue management and distribution, will take up the role of interim CCO.
John Marshall has been named director of sales for the NFL Experience Times Square in New York City. He joins the attraction from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center, where he served for more than 12 years, almost eight of them as sales manager.
Andrew Goodsell, chairman of Saga Holidays, the well-known over-50s UK holiday specialist, has announced his retirement, effective next year. Goodsell has been with the company for 26 years.
In Brazil, which is the eighth largest source market in terms of the number of students (nearly 20,000) it sends to the United States, the Student Travel Bureau (STB) has hired Rui Pimenta to the position of director of sales. He will be charged with expanding STB’s presence with new stores and taking care of training for the commercial team, in addition to increasing the number of customers. Pimenta has 15 years of experience in sales management focused on international education.