Robin McClain has been promoted to the post of senior vice president of marketing and communications at Destination DC, making her the first senior vice president to serve under Elliott Ferguson, the organization’s president and CEO. McLain joined Destination DC in May 2011 as director of communications and was promoted to vice president of marketing and communications two years later. Prior to joining Destination DC, she worked for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board for several years as senior director of media relations.
Isabelle Mary has been appointed incentive/MICE director at Terres Indiennes-Indian Land, Inc. in southern California. She joins the organization from Paris, France-based MMM France Conventions, where she served for more than five years. Mary also worked for 15 years at Go West Tours.
Aimee Smith has left her position as a sales manager at Sesame Place north of Philadelphia, Pa. and is moving to Montana. Previously, Reif had worked at Destination Gettysburg and the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board.
Simon Garrido, has joined Attraction World as head of sales. Garrido, who spent seven years with the Monarch Travel Group and was head of sales for the operator before the company’s failure on October 2, will lead a newly-expanded trade sales team at the attraction tickets specialist. His appointment follows the announcement last month that Attraction World’s Nick Hughes will become sales director for dnata Travel’s European B2B operations. Prior to his tenure at Monarch, Garrido held roles with the Global Travel Group and Shearings.
Richard Jackson has left his job as vice president of North American Operations at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and returned to his role as president of his own consulting firm, Solutions by Jackson. A veteran of three decades in the tour and travel industry, Jackson previously served in senior sales and marketing positions for Universal Studios Orlando and Wyndham Worldwide.
Colin Wilson is leaving his post as sales director at the tour operators Travelsphere and Just You after more than ten years. Wilson had said previously that he had intended to leave once the transition to new owners G Adventures was completed. The latter bought the former All Leisure Group brands last January following the collapse of the All Leisure Group.
Sylvio Ferraz, will be leaving his post as executive director of the São Paulo-headquartered online travel company MMT Gapnet Viagens e Turismo, effective Dec. 1, to become a director of CVC, Brazil’s largest travel company. Ferraz told the Brazilian travel trade publication PANROTAS that CVC made him an attractive proposal and that he has known and admitted CVC founder Guillermo Paulus and Luiz Falco, CVC’s president, for some time. Ferraz was also a director of Tan Viagens when Falco was vice president of Tam Airlines.