The Bloomington (Minn.) CVB has retained Jason Kauflin to represent all international and domestic golf operator requests for the bureau’s Great Northern Golf Trail. Kauflin has a company that has been booking golfing groups for the past 20 years.
Voopter, the four-year-old Brazilian flight search engine, has announced the appointment of Juliana Vital as general manager. Vital began her career at age 18 in the user experience area, focusing on product and business management. Prior to joining Voopter, she was chief operating officer at Scup.
Alvaro Valeriani has been announced as the new global senior vice president of marketing and sales for the SBE group, which operates in the hospitality, gastronomy, design, entertainment and other sectors. He will be based in Miami and will be responsible for all portfolio operations. A veteran of more than 20 years in the tour and travel industry, Valeriani has served tenures with Explora, Aman Resorts and Hyatt, as well as being vice president of the Brazilian Luxury Travel Association (BLTA).
Bourne Leisure has promoted Erman Housein to head of trade sales and marketing operations. Housein, who has been with the business for 15 years, will also be responsible for overseeing trade sales support, marketing and field-based sales teams.
The Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC) has announced that Ruth Toomey is its new executive director. Long active in the Baltimore/Anne Arundel County hospitality industry, she has been an active member and board member of the tourism/hospitality trade organization since 2009. She most recently served as the organization’s membership chair. Most recently, Toomey served as director of Sales & Marketing for An Extraordinary Limousine in Glen Burnie, Md.
Steve Barrass has joined Holiday Taxis Group, the global airport transfer company, as a non-executive director. He’ll join the company from dnata Travel, where he was senior vice president. Holiday also promoted Ian Coyle as CEO.
Happy Work Anniversaries to:
Lori Huffstutler for two years at The Guest House at Graceland
Tico Soto for two years at Tourism Tactics by Tico
Gail Orr for eight years at Go Global LLC
Bob Hofmann for 15 years at Broadway Inbound/The Shubert Organization