The TBO Holidays Group has announced the appointment of Marina Aniquini (left) as product manager Latam, while Cláudia Regina Ferreira will be manager of Latam operations. Aniquini has more than 15 years of experience in the tour and travel industry, having worked in the airline and theme park sectors.
Ferreira previously worked in a car rental company, as well in the hotel sector. Both will report the TBO’s commercial director for the Americas, Ana Vainstein, who is based in Miami.
Ellie Hirschhorn has joined Travelzoo as general manager, U.S. She is based in Travelzoo’s New York office. She previously served as chief digital officer at Simon & Schuster, as general manager of MTV.com and as executive vice president of digital media at CBS Sports. Ellie holds a B.A. from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Two days after he was approved as the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau’s director, Scott Dahl submitted his resignation to Mayor Jim Langfelder. According to the Springfield State Journal Register, Dahl, who was approved for the job on May 1, e-mailed his resignation to Langfelder on May 3rd, saying that “a family issue will not allow me to move forward at this time.” Before taking the post for two days, Dahl was regional director of membership development for the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association for almost 16 years.
Rick Fried, a prominent Honolulu attorney, has submitted his resignation as chairman of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) after Governor David Ige withdrew Fried’s nomination to continue as board chairman. Fried became chair in 2015. His departure comes in the wake of a long series of state audits critical of HTA. According to The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, at least 11 HTA staff members in key positions, have left the agency since 2015. HTA only has 20 full-time employees and 10 contract workers.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB has announced that Gonzalo Rubio has joined the tourism sales team as the new domestic sales associate. Previously, Rubio held sales positions with Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, and Walt Disney World Swan Resort.
Lindsay Fast has been appointed tourism director for the town of Surfside in Miami-Dade County. Fast was previously trade marketing manager for Club Med USA. She was also held managerial positions at Monaco Media International in Monte Carlo, Hunter Hamersmith Advertising Agency in North Miami and Celebrity Cruises.
Happy Work Anniversaries:
Brian Stacey for 36 years at Tauck World Discovery
Stefan Merkl, owner of Esplore Marketing LLC—now two years old
Steve Markuson, celebrating 8 years at Twin Cities Gateway CVB
REMINDER: INBOUND will not publish next week, as we will be a part of IPW #50 in Denver, Colorado. We resume publication with the May 30 edition of INBOUND.