Gabriel Martinez has been named senior sales manager, international tourism sales, for the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB. He succeeds Eric Garnica, who moved on to Discover The Palm Beaches earlier this year. Martinez joined the bureau from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, where he served for more than six-and-a-half years as senior manager of international sales. Prior to that, he served in several sales positions for Disney.
At Destinations International, Melissa Cherry has been promoted from chief marketing officer to the post of chief operating officer. Cherry came to the association from Choose Chicago, where she was senior vice president of marketing and cultural tourism.
Lucimar Reis has been named director of aerial product of CVC Corp. She comes to the post from United Airlines, where she has spent more than 20 years, the last four as country director. Reis has 30 years of experience in the sector, including tenures with Tam, Varig, Continental and United Airlines, where she stayed for almost 21 years.
Also at CVC, Luiz Gustavo Viveiros, is leaving Avianca Brazil, will be, the following week, the new director of planning and air control of CVC Corp. He will responsible for the structuring of his area, as well as the service and internal support to the company’s business units, such as CVC Lazer, Rextur Advance, Visual, Trend, Experiment and Submarino Viagens.
Luis Carlos Vargas has been appointed Travelport’s regional director for Latin America. He arrives at the position after serving as interim vice president and general manager for the region for the past 18 months. In this new role, he will be in charge of driving the growth of Travelport corporate and leisure agencies in the region, leading teams in eight countries.
The UK operator Canadian Affair has appointed Lee Rogers to direct its agent engagement in a newly created role that includes agreeing contracts with partners, overseeing training, roadshows and fam trips and product updates. Rogers, who joined Canadian Affair in 1999, is currently the company’s product and commercial director, responsible for developing the company’s product portfolio and its relationships with Canada-based product suppliers.
Jay Smith for 22 years at Sports Travel and Tours
Kristin Wenger for 18 years at Visit Pittsburgh
David Lorenz for 16 years at Travel Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Marlene Panoyanfor 13 years with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Teresa Paolini for 12 years at Northeast Unlimited Tours, Inc.
Troy Ackerman for 9 years at Globus family of brands.
Paul Kitching for 3 years at Custom Travel Cllubs, Trip-Smart