Long-time tour and travel industry veteran Sam Rogers is leaving his post as executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Visit Baltimore after more than 10 years in order to become interim president and CEO of Visit Norfolk in Virginia. Rogers had worked at the Norfolk bureau, previously, in the 1990s. He also served as vice president of the Philadelphia CVB from 1997-2005.
In Brazil, the CVC group has announced the appointment of Mariana Alcobas as a sales executive for its TREND Operadora brand. She works out of the company’s office Curitiba, capital city of Paraná, which is just south of São Paulo. Alcobas has more than 10 years experience in the tour and travel industry, including tenures as an account manager at Bedsonline, and as supervisor of sales at Gold Arrow Turismo.
Jeannette Linfoot has decided to leave Saga after two years serving as CEO of the group’s tour operating division. Saga will now bring the tour operating division together with the cruise division under Saga Cruises chief executive Robin Shaw. Before joining Saga in December 2015, Linfoot was managing director – emerging markets at TUI. She started at Thomson (now a TUI brand) in 1995 where she stayed for seven years before moving to Barcelona to lead TUI España between 2002-2003.
Stacey Mitchell, who was recently named director of the Tourism Development Council of Monroe County, Florida (It operates under the Florida Keys & Key West brand) after serving as its director of sales for 18 years, has a successor for her old position: He is Jim DeKeyrel, an 11-year Key West resident and former American Eagle airline station manager at Key West International Airport. Mitchell replaced Harold Wheeler, who retired as TDC director after 21 years at the agency.
Former TUI UK & Ireland CEO David Burling has had his role on the executive board of the company extended another thee years until May 2021. Burling has overall responsibility for the company’s northern region, covering the UK & Ireland, Nordic countries, Canada and Russia, as well as hotel purchasing and the airline platform. He has been a member of the Tui Group’s management bodies for almost six years.