China Traffic Stalled; Will it Recover?
We Think So: For the second year in a row, China is running behind the pace at which it had been sending visitors to the United States in 2017. Despite this, there seems to be a smattering of stubborn optimism popping up in recent weeks and months in different places which suggest that the market will recover. Even as the recent dispatches that acknowledge the downward slide in visitation to the U.S. from China were coming out, there have been hints and actions in recent weeks and months that American suppliers, receptive operators and our national DMO, Brand USA, are fixed on recovery.
- While its proprietary research and summaries of focus group interviews are not for public consumption during its recent board meeting, Brand USA officials would not have a problem in suggesting what we’ve heard elsewhere: the Chinese long-haul traveler really wants to travel to the United States—no matter what.
- Earlier this month, Zhihang Chi, vice president, North America, for Air China, said in a speech at the International Aviation Club of Washington D.C. that the U.S.-China trade war and poor relations have contributed in the decline of air travel between the two nations. As reported in Air Travel World, Chi said, “on the bilateral front, there has been nothing but standstill. … The U.S. government issued 42 percent fewer non-immigrant visas to Chinese travelers last year from 2017 levels,” adding, “We also see more and more Chinese visitors being subjected to secondary screening at US airports.” (The 42 percent figure doesn’t quite square with what other sources indicate. See chart at end of article.*)
Also complicating things, Chi said, was the US-China bilateral air transport agreement limits the number of frequencies between the US and China zone one cities, which include Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Despite this seemingly gloomy assessment of the situation, Chi concluded his remarks on an upbeat note, suggesting that China and the U.S. seem to be taking some steps toward resolving their disagreements: “There have been some hiccups, but right now, both countries want to hit the reset button and talk things over. … My belief is issues will probably be resolved, because I can’t envision a situation whereby the two countries are decoupled from each other.”
- During remarks at Connect Travel’s RTO Summit Florida in Orlando, Owen Teng, director of operations for Orlando-based New Creative Tours, Inc, explained that much of the anxiety over and weaker performance of the market had to do with the Chinese government’s warning in May 2019 (and the previous year as well) to travelers to be wary about visiting the U.S. because of violence and anti-Chinese sentiment. But, he added, “Remember, it’s still a new market. Don’t give up. Everything will come back.”
- Daniel Shen, chairman and founder of Los Angeles-based East West Marketing Corp.—it advises a number of destinations and U.S. suppliers in their dealings with the Chinese market—recently told INBOUND, “It’s mostly about the trade war between the U.S. and China. Everybody is aware of it …” But he was quick to point out that, even with a 5.7 percent decline, year-on-year, vs. 2017: “Remember, 3 million Chinese did visit.” He noted, too, that 5.7 percent equated to less than 200,000 fewer visitors—not a dire number. Of course, other than that, online sales are growing rapidly and, moreover, nowadays, there is greater movement to FITs, with more personal tailor-made itineraries than joining a tour group.
“Luckily, China is a big market. We’re talking about a 1.4 billion population. Even 3 million is a very small number compared with the global outbound from China (which the World Tourism Organization has placed at about 150 million visitors.). So, the numbers are there. We’ve just got to put a little more effort from the tourism side … and the government.”
- Is it 1.4 Billion or is It Really 20 Million? At the recent meeting of the board of directors of Brand USA, its chief marketing officer, Tom Garzilli, explained that the organization is crafting a new marketing strategy—one that will target the market for what U.S. traveler suppliers and DMOs are after—long-haul leisure travelers; that is, the 20 million Chinese who travelers have passports, have U.S. visas and book long-haul travel. Hence, a new China 20 Strategy.
The task of Brand USA in crafting its China 20 Strategy will be to:
—Identify and target the 20 million Chinese travelers with inspiring ad motivated messaging that invites and welcomes them to visit the United States.
—Provide specific tools and customized solutions to stakeholders that will help them identify and target this group as well.
—Develop a campaign crafted around this strategy.
- Besides, We’re Friends of Long Standing: During the board’s conversation on marketing to China, Board Member Noel Irwin Henstchel, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of AmericanTours International (ATI), pointed out that, in the early days of the development of the Chinese Visit USA market, most Chinese traveled mostly to key gateways cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York.
ATI found out that places not generally thought of sometimes have a special appeal to Chinese, such as Iowa. Iowa? Yes, Irwin Hentschel said, noting that Chinese President Xi Jinping once visited and stayed in Iowa (for several weeks in 1985 when he was part of a delegation studying agricultural technology. He returned in 2012 to visit “old friends” in the state during an official trip to the U.S. The connection goes deeper still: Xi’s father, Xi Zhongxun, a provincial governor in China, visited Iowa in 1980 as part of the first delegation of Chinese governors to visit America following the normalization of U.S.-Chinese diplomatic relations.) She also indicated that Chinese visitors have enjoyed the Asian Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa.
- Lastly, the number of students from China, who account for one-third of all international students in the United States, increased by 1.7 percent for the 2018-2019 school year, according to the just-released 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. (See article elsewhere in this issue of INBOUND.)
* China: B-Visa Refusal Rates
Source: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
Students—A Major International Source Market
While the overall number of visitors from China to the United States declined in 2018 and has declined again so far this year, the number of its students to the U.S. actually increased by just under two percent, during the same period (the 2018-2019 school year).
This is just a single example of the “I didn’t know that!” moments one has in reviewing the just-released Open Doors Report of the Institute of International Education (IIE)—it is a U.S. State Department-supported organization*—which keeps tabs on the number of international students who study at U.S. universities and colleges. The nearly 1.1 million students (a record number) in the USA comprise a lucrative inbound source market, generating visits not only by the students, but by their families and friend who visit campuses across the U.S.
Some of the more interesting numbers found in the Open Doors report include the following:
—One-third (33.7 percent) of all international students are from China.
—More than one out of every two international students are from China or India.
—California schools and universities receive the greatest number of international students.
—So great is the number of students from China that, were it a source market on its own, it would be the 23rd largest overseas market for visitors to the United States, ahead of Number 24, Chile, and behind Number 22, Israel.
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Travel & Tourism Office; Institute of International Education
Following is a sampler of some of the IIE Open Doors report tables which underscore the size and impact of the international student market in the United States
*Note on the Source: The Institute of International Education (IIE) has conducted an annual census of international students in the U.S. since its founding in 1919. Known as the Open Doors Report since 1954, and supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State since 1972, the report provides detailed data on student flows into and out of the U.S. Visit us online at: http://www.iie.org/opendoors.
State Fact Sheets Available: If you would like to see how your state fares with the international student market, with data that includes economic impact and other information, click here.
Brazil Holding on Till Early Next Year
Brazil’s tourism industry was performing like an economic sector in a budding recovery in the first quarter of 2018, then came the impact of the closure of Avianca Brazil and loss of its passenger seats; tighter credit interest rates; and a decline in the value of the dollar. In its just-issued report on the third quarter of 2019, the Brazilian travel trade news publisher made it clear that the industry is now focused on 2020 as it seeks to hold onto whatever gains it has made in this bumpy year. Following are excerpts from the Brazilian Overview Monthly Report from PANROTAS, the authoritative travel trade news source, with some additional items from INBOUND.
—The industry showed a slight recovery in September, 1.1 percent compared to the same month last year. However, in the year to date, the sector is negative 1.4 percent. With more and cheaper credit, the trend is for a stronger recovering of the sector in 2020. This seems to be in accord with the thinking regarding inbound travel to the USA by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO), which is estimating that 2019 will finish with a zero percent increase in visitation from Brazil vs. 2018. For next year, NTTO is forecasting that traffic from Brazil to the USA will increase by 2 percent.
—For Brazil to re-charge its economy, it needs to have the confidence of its people. Toward that end, the Consumer Confidence Index (ICC) of the city of São Paulo was close to stable in October with 111.8 points, only 0.3 percent less than the previous month. However, compared to October 2018, the ICC increased 3.6 percent as a result of low inflation and interest rates and a better labor market. The Retail Businessmen Confidence Index (ICEC) of the city of São Paulo registered 118.4 points in October, an increase of 2.7 percent compared to September. This is an important barometer indicating that traders will probably buy more from their suppliers in anticipation of more positive year-end sales
—in September, the international demand of Brazilian airlines dropped 7.6 percent and supply decreased 12.2 percent, showing the impact of the exit of Avianca Brazil from the market and flight cuts especially to the United States. In the month, 694,000 paid passengers were carried on international flights, indicating a 9.2 percent contraction compared to the same period of 2018. In the year, however, demand grew 3.5 percent and supply increased 1.3 percent compared to the same period last year.
Highlights from CVC, Brazil’s Largest Travel Company: Back in the 1950s Charles Erwin Wilson, the president and CEO of General Motors, is reported to have said “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” This might be the case for CVC, Brazil’s largest travel company, whose economic health is another barometer for measuring Brazil’s economy.
—In the first nine months of the year, booking for tickets reached 11.5 billion reais ($2.74 billion—a growth of 18.8 percent over 2018). Including Argentina, sales reached 12.6 billion reais ($3.005 billion), with a growth of almost 3 percent. The company reached 1,377 CVC Operadora stores and 65 Experimento (CVC’s educational tour operator brand) stores, and will probably have 1,400 stores by the end of this year.
—For CVC, problems such as the high price of airline tickets, the high exchange rate (dollar and real), oil spills in northeastern Brazil and planes withdrawn from the market led to a drop in the leisure sector, according to the company. The situation isn’t expected to normalize until early 2020, when all aircraft withdrawn from the market should return.
—CVC also revealed that it had to change the price of products due to the aggressiveness of some competitors, especially in the sale of travel packages. To stay competitive, it had to cut prices and also invest more in marketing: 18.7 million reais ($445.6 million) from January to September, an increase of 13.4 percent over 2018.
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Tour Operator Mergers, Acquisitions and RIFs
A Post-Acquisition Follow-up … More Downsizing at Hotelbeds: One wonders, at times, just when the post-integration era will finally finish. It was during the first four months of 2017 that Hotelbeds (it is owned by UK-based private equity firm Cinven and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board) acquired both Tourico Holidays and GTA, making it the indisputable Number 1 bedbank in the world, with 180,000 hotel partners. But it took much of 2017 to officially complete the takeover and much of 2018 to align the three units into one working model. Of late, Hotelbeds had some good news for its investors, announcing that its target is to lower the “cost-per-room-night” from its current €6.30 level to €4.90 by year-end 2021. “This level of efficiency,” it said, “is achievable as the stand-alone Hotelbeds business in 2016, prior to integration, was already achieving a €5.40 cost-per-room-night without the scale and expertise of the newly combined company.” However, Hotelbeds explained in a news release, “as part of this post-integration, optimization plan, Hotelbeds has today (Nov. 13) informed staff that there will be some departures, representing a reduction in the global workforce by about 5 percent. This will take place in stages over the next 12 months resulting in the scaling down of hubs in Tel Aviv, London, Dubai, Orlando and Zurich.”
The shakeout in the European tour operator industry continues in the wake of, and largely because of, the September 23 collapse of the tour operator Thomas Cook. Of late, the Turkish company, Anex Group, is acquiring the Thomas Cook Germany subsidiaries Bucher Reisen & Öger Tours, which already has a large presence in Germany. The acquisition will make the Turkish company, which operates in Germany under its Anex Tour brand—a major player in Germany. Also, the Anex Group is acquiring another Thomas Cook-owned brand, the Russian company Intourist. According to the Turkish newspaper Sabah, Neşet Koçkar, who also owns Turkish tour operator Anex, was quoted as saying: “Once we have recapitalized and restructured Intourist, we intend to share Intourist with the Russian people through an IPO to celebrate its glorious comeback.” With the acquisitions, reported Sabah, Anex Tour will become the second-largest tour operator in the world after Germany’s TUI.
Travelopia has sold its North American Experience Education (NAEE) brands to WorldStrides for an undisclosed sum. The sale includes World Class Vacations and Brightspark US, serving the U.S. educational market, and Brightspark Canada, Jumpstreet and Educatours in Canada. Andy Duncan, CEO of Travelopia, who became CEO of the company in April 2018, had previously indicated that Travelopia, which was previously TUI‘s specialist holiday division before being sold to the global private equity firm KKR last year for £325 million, wanted to be left with just 10 brands, down from more than 50, within a year. Said Duncan, “Our strategy under KKR ownership is to become the world’s best experiential travel company by focusing on a select number of brands in the Travelopia Group and the sale of these brands is a further step forward towards this ambition.”
Wowcher, the second largest British e-commerce marketplace active in the UK and Ireland, has purchased the Super Break brand from administrators KPMG for an undisclosed sum. Super Break went into administration (bankruptcy) August 1, along with parent company Malvern Group and sister brand Laterooms.com. Initially the Super Break domain name online will redirect users to Wowcher’s website. Wowcher said it bought the name because of the close alignment between the product ranges of the two brands. Explained Paul Constable, Wowcher’s general manager for travel: “There was a large synergy in terms of products between Super Break and Wowcher, and we see this as an opportunity to increase our market share and support our growth plans for travel. We have not finalized our long-term plans.”
A Brand USA Week Review
Much like a doctor reporting on test results to a patient on a wellness visit following the launch of a new therapeutic practice, Tom Garzilli, Brand USA’s chief marketing officer, had a mostly upbeat diagnosis and outlook to present to the organization’s board members at their last meeting of 2019 a few weeks ago in Washington, D.C. Satisfaction with the patient was high, he explained, as U.S. suppliers and European tour operators gave the new Brand USA Travel Week (held in early September in London) good marks. In their own words, as captured in the word cloud below, delegates surveyed were both satisfied and pleased with the new venture, which has already been renewed through the next six years. Delegates were asked: “How would you describe how you felt at the end of Brand USA Travel Week Europe 2019?
- Delegates responded to surveys inquires thus:
Q: Did Travel Week help you achieve your goals?
A: 98 percent of respondents said Yes.
Q: On a scale of 1-10, how likely are you to attend Travel Week in the future?
A: Buyers, 8.6 and Exhibitors, 9.2
- Brand USA Week Review by the Numbers:
—97 = number of exhibitors
—140 = number of tour operators
—19 = number of journalists
—5 = number of sponsors
—3 = number of evening events
—530 = total number of attendees across the week
Toward a Single European Market: Brand USA week was a convenient place for a de facto launch of Brand USA’s One Europe Strategy, which treats the country markets involved as a single target market. Though held in London this year, Brand USA Week will move around every other year, touching down in some major European cities.
A Refresher Course: Some Facts You Need to Know about Brand USA’s One Europe Strategy:
- Were it measured as such, a One Europe Market would be the third largest generators of international visitors to the USA, and the largest Overseas sour market, as the following table on visitor arrivals illustrates.
- Were it measured as such, a One Europe Market would be the largest country market in terms of international spend, as the following table on visitor arrivals illustrates.
- Notes on Airlift to the USA from Europe
—There are 406 USA flight routes between the United States and 33 European airports.
—Additional seats to the USA in the last two years: 7.8 million from Europe, 500,000 from China, and 140,000 from India.
—A 1 percent increase in load factor would equate to an additional 860,000 passengers.
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NB to Overseas Visitors—Be Like Canadians
Or the Japanese—They’re Nice, too, say Americans: A new report tells us that Americans are smitten with Canada and Canadian visitors. They really, really like their neighbors to the North. This finding and others, from a report put out by us.jetcost.com, are based on a survey in which U.S. residents were asked what visitors to the U.S. they found to be the most friendly. (A note: there wasn’t much in the way of an explanation of methodology used to get the numbers that follow, except that more than 4,200 Americans took part in the survey. All respondents said that they have been on vacation abroad at least once in the last two years themselves.)
Asked what it was specifically about tourists that irritated the locals in their hometowns, the most annoying traits were as follows:
The study didn’t indicate any reasons, but a majority of Americans in the survey said the British are the most annoying tourists, with 31 percent of respondents naming them as the worst. Next were Germans (16 percent) and Brazilians (13 percent)
—Three-fifths of Americans that regularly come into contact with tourists find them irritating. The study also found that
—73 percent of Americans admit that they avoid fellow Americans when on vacation.
—Initially, two fifths of respondents that were questioned (41 percent) revealed that they lived in an area where they were in regular contact with tourists. Of these, 62 percent said that they became regularly irritated with the visitors.
—More than half of Americans (53 percent) revealed that they always try to befriend the locals when they are on vacation, while a quarter (24 percent) prefer to keep to themselves.
HODGE PODGE: Shifts, Shakeups and Occasional Shaftings in the Tour and Travel Industry
Rhanee Palma has been promoted to the position of chief sales officer at Visit Oakland. Palma, who joined the bureau in 2016 as director of sales, became vice president of sales and services early in 2018. Previously, she had been a senior sales executive for Marriott International.
Morgan Maravich has left NTA and begun a new position as director, supplier strategy at the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). Maravich, who was director, partnerships & engagement at NTA, had been with the organization for more than 4½ years. Previously, she served for six years at Destination DC.
Ross Matthews has been named chief marketing officer at Hoseasons Holidays parent Awaze UK, effective January. He joins from Icelolly, where he was also chief marketing officer. Matthews started his travel career at Thomas Cook, and has also held positions at Virgin Holidays and Shearings.
Transat has announced the appointment of Marie-Annick Lalande as senior communications advisor for Transat Distribution Canada. Lalande is based in Montreal, where she will be responsible for all internal and external communications of the Transat subsidiary. A veteran of more than two decades in the travel and tourism industry, she has been with Transat since 2013, and has held various positions within the company, including in the corporate affairs and communications teams, as well as in public relations.
Travel South USA has announced two promotions: Catherine Li (left) is now program manager, Asia initiatives & research analyst while Angelica De Stefano becomes program manager, marketing communication & events. Catherine Li, who is from Chongqing, China, moved to Atlanta in 2013 after graduating from the University of Nebraska, and graduated from Georgia State University in 2016 with a Master’s of Professional Accountancy. Prior to her promotion, she was Travel South’s business development specialist-China initiatives. Angelica De Stefano joined NTA in 2917. Prior to her promotion, she was coordinator, event and partner marketing administrator.
Cole Hubbard has left his position as research coordinator for the Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism, to join the City of Austin as development services process coordinator. He had been with the Office of the Governor for four years.
Andy Washington has joined the e-commerce giant Groupon as vice president of travel, international. He replaces Jonathan Starkings, who left the business last April. Washington comes from Culture Trip, which he left last month after a year-and-a-half, and where he was senior vice president, travel. Previously, Washington served tenures at Expedia, lastminute.com, Cosmos and other companies. In his new position, he will develop strategic initiatives to bolster Groupon’s travel business and oversee all aspects of growth, demand, supply and partnerships.
Steve Maksymyk has been named international managing director for the Rocky Mountaineer—the Canadian rail-tour company in Western Canada that operates trains on three rail routes through British Columbia and Alberta. Maksymyk, who will be based out of the company’s head office in Vancouver, previously spent more than six years in Shanghai, China, as a management consultant with a focus on distribution channels and digital capabilities.
Gary Bates has been named trade relationship manager at Inspiring Travel Company, a tour operator that creates tailor-made and bespoke travel experiences. He joins the company from Beachcomber Tours, where he was a regional sales manager. Bates previously worked for Thomas Cook as commercial accounts and key accounts manager following three years as sales development manager at Flexibletrips.
In Brazil, Cleiton Feijó has taken over as managing director of Visual Turismo, the Brazilian leisure tour operator which is a CVC brand. He succeeds Edson Akabane, who is leaving the company. Previously, Feijó has held senior sales and marketing positions with different tour operators.
Renê Castro has been appointed communication and marketing manager for São Paulo-based Nova Operadora, which sells product from all parts of the world, including North America. With ten years of experience in the tourism sector, the executive has accumulated stints at PANROTAS, Grupo Bandeirantes de Comunicação, as well as having worked as a freelancer for the travel editor of the portal Uol. Its arrival aims to redirect communication with the market according to the new momentum of the company.
Christina Carr has been named vice president of Travelive, a luxury destination management company that is a preferred supplier with Virtuoso, Signature, Altour and Ensemble. In her new role Carr will be responsible for maintaining and solidifying agency relationships worldwide as the company looks to continue its growth. She has more than 13 years of experience in the luxury travel and hospitality industry, having held management positions including executive vice president of Nomad Hill and president of Four Corners Travel & Concierge.
Emmanuelle Winter has been named European Director for the new Air Canada Vacations and Groupe Voyages Québec partnership which is aimed at providing European tourism professionals with a diversified range of vacation packages to Canada. Since last month, Groupe Voyages Québec has become the official and exclusive Canadian receptive agency in Europe for the marketing of travel packages in Canada under the Air Canada Vacations brand. A long-time veteran of the travel and tourism industry, Winter’s previous experience includes several years as president of her own company, Travel Advisor & Concierge. She was also sales and marketing manager/travel advisor for Unique Travel.
Jeff Zidell has been appointed senior vice president and customer experience officer and Ellen Zfaney has been named vice president, supply strategy and innovation for RoomIt by CWT, the global hotel distribution division of CWT. Zidell joins from startup CorePoint Lodging, where he served as senior vice president, asset management; prior to that, he spent nearly a decade with Hyatt, where he was senior vice president, loyalty marketing and partnerships. Zfaney comes to RoomIt from Expedia, where she was head of global strategic partnerships for over three years. She also served as vice president, Americas partnerships at Orbitz Partner Network at Orbitz Worldwide for almost 11 years.
Air Canada Vacations has announced that Ana Vazquez is its new area sales manager for British Columbia. Vazquez, who spent the last six years in retail travel, will cover Vancouver west and downtown, Richmond, Ladner, the North Shore, Okanagan, Northern British Columbia, and the Yukon. Based in the Vancouver office, she will report directly to Marigold Frontuna, General Manager Sales – Western Canada. Vazquez most recently worked at Flight Centre Travel Group, and at Odenza Vacations for several years prior to that.
Michelle Suker has been appointed as the new director of field sales east for the U.S. for Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold. Previously, Suker held multiple leadership, training, and development roles at AAA The Auto Club Group, including field manager, senior training consultant, and agency development manager. Suker joined Insight Vacations more than two years ago as district sales manager in West Florida. Altogether, Suker brings more than 25 years of sales and management experience to her new role as director of field sales east.
Phil Aird-Mash has been named CEO of ITC Travel Group, whose tour operator brands include Inspiring Travel Company, Regent Holidays, Rainbow Tours and sports specialist, Spectate. Aird-Marsh will begin his new job in January 2020. He succeeds Mal Barritt, who left to join Traveltek as CEO in this past summer. Aird-Mash has previously held senior leadership positions in the travel industry, including CEO of Thomas Cook’s Independent businesses, UK and deputy group chief executive of XL, managing director at MyTravel and most recently CEO and chairman of ACC Aviation Group.
Happy Work Anniversaries
Charles Kao for 18 years at TravelMole Media Group
Randy Fiveash for 11 years at the State of Connecticut
Gina Speckman for 15 years at Chicago’s North Shore
Handan Ciltas for 8 years at Meeting Point North America
Lois Stoltzfus for 6 years at Groups Galore
Beth Helle for 3 years at Explore Minnesota Tourism
Charles H Jeffers II for 2 years at Visit Baltimore
Posted Industry Jobs
From SearchWide Global:
—Visit Salt Lake is searching for its next president and CEO. For more details, clickhere.
—Travel Marquette is searching for a sales manager. Click here for more information.
—Visit San Antonio is looking for a director of market strategy. For more details, clickhere.
—There is an opening for a director of sales and catering at Great Wolf Resorts. Click here for specifics.
—Dallas-based hotel management company has an opening for a national revenue & sales reporting manager. Click here for more details.
—Visit Orlando has an opening for a director of visitor services. For more information, visit here.
—The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (Explore St. Louis) has an opening for a vice president of sales. Click here for more information
—The Evansville, Indiana Convention & Visitors Bureau is searching for a chief executive officer. For more details, visit here.
—The Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau is searching for a senior vice president of convention sales. For more information, visit here.
—Visit SLO CAL in San Luis Obispo County, California is looking for a chief marketing officer. Click here for additional details.
—The San Diego Tourism Authority is searching for a president and CEO. For more information, visit here.
—The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau is looking for a president and CEO. For more information, visit here.
—The Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau is searching for its next chief executive officer. For more details, click here.
—Brent Robinson Vacation Rentals on the Alabama Gulf Coast has an opening for a director of marketing. For additional details, click here.
—Crayola Experience is looking for a head of marketing at its Easton, Pa. location. For more information, click here.
—PRA Business Events has an opening for a reginal sales manager in Las Vegas. Click here for additional details.
—Apple Leisure Group is searching for a senior director of Supplier Strategy & Investment. For more details, click here.
—The El Paso Convention & Visitors Bureau has an opening for a director of convention development. Click here for more details.
—Visit Milwaukee has an opening for a director of sales. Click here for more information.
—The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau and Will Rogers Memorial Center is searching for a general manager. Click here for details.
—An international hotels & resorts company has an opening for a regional director of sales and marketing; the position is based in Vancouver, B.C. Visit here for details.
—Visit Dallas is looking for a president and CEO. For more details, click here.
—Visit Sacramento has an opening for a director of sales. Click here for more information.
—An Irvine, California-based hotel management company is searching for a corporate director of revenue strategy. Click here for more details.
—A hotel management company is searching for a remote director of revenue management for the Embassy Suites Brand who will oversee two recently renovated hotels. For more information, click here.
—Great Wolf Resorts is looking for someone to fill the position of vice president of sales. Visit here for more information.
—The Saugatuck Douglas Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is searching for a new executive director. Click here for more information.
—The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau has an opening for a vice president of people strategies. Click here for more information.
From HARP wallen Global Executive Recruitment and Search:
—An international tourism business located in Central London is searching for a senior portfolio tourism manager-12 month fixed term contract. For more information, visit here.
—A retail tourist attraction based in Central London is looking for a tourism manager. Click here for more details.