Mark Crabb has been named vice president of convention sales and destinations services at the Greater Palm Springs CVB. He joins the bureau from Sonoma County Tourism, where he served for nearly 10 years. Prior to that, he was deputy director of the Lee County (Fla.) visitor and convention bureau.
Andrew Botterill, former dnata Travel Europe chief executive, has taken a majority stake in Travcorp Holdings Ltd. He will become chairman of Travcorp – which comprises OTA Holidaygems.co.uk and the B2C Destination2.co.uk – on February 1. Botterill left dnata last year after three years leading the integration of Gold Medal Travel, Travel 2 and The Global Travel Group, among others. Prior to that he was chief executive of Stella Travel Services UK and also Global. Botterill told the British travel trade publication TTG that he hopes the company will become a platform for the acquisition of further travel businesses.
Kristine Puckett is the new deputy tourism director for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. She will be in charge of marketing and the operations budget for the department. Also, she’ll coordinate the annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference for tourism. Puckett has worked with the department since 2002, and was formerly the development manager.
Jennifer Davies has been named by the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) as the organization’s first director of cultural tourism, Balboa Park. In her new role, Davies will oversee the SDTA’s Balboa Park-focused cultural tourism initiatives, working to promote Balboa Park as a nationally recognized cultural icon and generate travel to the San Diego region. Prior to joining the SDTA, Davies served as the assistant dean of external affairs for UC San Diego Extension and vice president of external affairs for the Downtown San Diego Partnership.
In France, Top of Travel announced that Jean-Claude Gaudin has taken over responsibility for Top of Travel Group Services. Jean-Claude has over 20 years’ experience in the groups market, notably at Thomas Cook, where he held the position of group operations manager.
Montréal-based Air Transat has appointed Liz Langan as its UK sales manager for southern England. Langan joins from Oman Air. Langan has 15 years of experience in airline sales working with airlines including Air Canada and Etihad Airways before joining the Canadian leisure carrier.