U.S. Travel Market Share to Continue Decline Through at Least 2023
In its final forecast on the subject in 2019, the U.S. Travel Association said last Friday that “Sluggish demand for overseas travel to the U.S. will sustain the trend of the country falling behind international travel growth worldwide.”
While global long-haul travel is projected to grow an average of 4.8 percent annually through 2023, the forecast noted, the pace of U.S. growth is projected to be just half of that figure—2.4 percent.
“That gap will further diminish the U.S. share of the total long-haul travel market to 10.4 percent by 2023,” said US Travel, “continuing the steady slide from its previous high of 13.7 percent in 2015.”
The 2019-2023 decline in market share would translate to a loss to the U.S. economy of a further $78 billion in visitor spending and 130,000 American jobs. As a result of the decline since the 2015 high, the economy has already lost $59 billion and 120,000 jobs through 2018.
Click here to access more information from the latest U.S. Travel forecast.
LATAM-Delta Deal Sharply Alters Capacity Channels between U.S. & South America
OAG, perhaps the most authoritative source of information on the global airline industry, said it all and said it succinctly through an analytical report on the news of Delta’s investment in LATAM: “With the dust only just settling on Delta Air Lines $1.9 billion, 20 percent investment in LATAM Airlines, the long-term impact on the Americas aviation market will be dramatic. The speed of the agreement and subsequent changes that will result in both competitive structures and airline alliances probably makes this the investment of the year or indeed the deal of the decade in the aviation sector.”
Until the surprise news of the major investment, LATAM had already been regarded as the airline of Latin America. The carrier is the result of a June 2012 merger between LAN Airlines of Chile and TAM Airlines of Brazil. Brand loyalty being what it is, one will still find instances of Chilean and/or Brazilian nationals referring to them as LAN or TAM. The recognition of the LATAM brand has slowly but steadily grown.
What happens when a carrier such as Delta Air Lines makes a move to own that much of another global airline? The answer gets complicated when one realizes that American, Delta and United (the world’s largest, second largest and third largest, respectively) are also the dominant carriers in their respective alliances: they are Oneworld (American), Skyteam (Delta) and Star Alliance (United).
Much like the ripple one sees spreading out from the point at which a stone was thrown into a small pond, the keen observer will see ripples spread their way through the world’s global airline industry. They will also have an impact on the other suppliers in the travel distribution system and the many partnerships, joint ventures and reciprocal marketing and promotional agreements that bind the industry sectors to one another.
Making sense out of all of the above is John Grant, the OAG analyst who tells us: “At a global level securing an investment in the largest airline in Latin America has tremendous strategic value and also alters the global airline alliance structures as the two charts below highlight. A near four percentage point shift between two alliances is very rare and although having no impact on the largest global alliance (Star), it does create a wider gap in position when compared to OneWorld”
Of Chart 2 above, Grant said: “A major part of the attraction for Delta Air Lines of LATAM is the complementary rather than competitive nature of their respective as the table below shows. Perhaps surprisingly there is no network overlap between the two airlines making for an enhanced network for Delta Air Lines and Delta’s position will be boosted significantly by LATAM’s strong position in South America.”
Seasonality & Chinese Tourism: Why It Matters
Thanks to the digital marketing firm Dragon Trail Interactive and its webinar late last month on the subject, we at INBOUND have a better appreciation of how the seasons and the holidays that go with them affect the patterns of Chinese travelers.
“The more you know about seasonal trends in Chinese tourism and Chinese holidays, the more you can prepare,” explained Sienna Parulis-Cook, associate director of communications for Dragon Trail, who moderated the webinar session.
For instance, because the Chinese holiday calendar is different from the Western one, it creates opportunities for filling the shoulder seasons or low seasons of U.S. destinations and travel suppliers, making tourism more evenly distributed, and more sustainable. It is also important that travel sellers be aware of the Chinese calendar, because, although the same holidays are observed every year, several are tied to the lunar calendar and others are not officially set by the Chinese government until December of the previous year, although the 2020 calendar was released late last month.
The official Chinese public holiday calendar for 2020 shows an extension to the May 1 holiday, as well as an eight-day Golden Week, giving Chinese workers more time off to travel in the new year.
• (We point out here that the above holidays are not those in the sense that Americans and Europeans understand the word. That is, they are not extra. Usually, Chinese travelers or holidaymakers will work somewhere an extra day in their schedule to compensate for the “extra” day off from their regular workweek because of a holiday.)Chinese New Year: Top Tourism Facts
Understanding the Significance of the Major Chinese Holidays for Travel—First up, Chinese New Year: Those INBOUND readers who follow the Chinese market are no doubt aware of the first major holiday period on the calendar: Chinese New Year, which totals seven days. (Sometimes referred to as one of the two “Golden Week” holidays, it is especially conducive to long-haul travel among passport-holding Chinese travelers.) Each year is named after the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese Calendar.
Next up, beginning January 25, 2020 is the Year of the Rat. Rat? Yes, Rat. “From a marketing perspective, this might seem like a challenge,” said Parulis-Cook, “since rats don’t have a lot of positive connotations in western countries.”
“But,” she added, “there is nothing to worry about. The word in Chinese also means ‘mouse,’ which could be represented in aesthetically pleasing ways.”
Second—National Day, Mid-Autumn Festival, Golden Week No. 2: The second major holiday period for overseas travel, especially for long-haul trips, is China’s National Day, the second “Golden Week,” which starts on October 1 each year. The Mid-Autumn Festival, another one of the most important traditional Chinese holidays, is based on the lunar calendar and is celebrated with one day off. Always around the end of September or beginning of October, Mid-Autumn Festival can sometimes overlap with the National Day holiday, merging into an eight-day holiday. In 2020, the holiday runs eight days, Oct. 1-8.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is noteworthy because it is a time of the year for eating mooncakes. Why? Said Parulis-Cook, “Mooncakes are given to elderly family members … but these days in China they’re also often given to important business partners and clients as a sign of honoring their relationship. If you do have partners and clients in China, you can consider sending mooncakes, or at least sending holiday wishes or some other kind of gift to mark the holiday, as most people usually receive more mooncakes than they can actually eat.”
Third—Not Really a Holiday, but a Season—Summer: The time of the year is important because it is a time for family and student travel, including graduation trips and study tours. Chinese school children generally have six to eight weeks off in the summer. The holiday starts at the beginning to middle of July, with the new school year normally starting on the first Monday in September.
Important to note: There are about 370,000 Chinese students studying at U.S. colleges and universities. Were Chinese students studying in the U.S. a stand-alone market, it would be No. 23—behind Israel and ahead of Chile.
Fourth—the Other Holidays: While extremely important to the Chinese and to those selling short-haul product, the other major holidays listed in the table are not of sufficient length to have a significant impact on travel to the USA, which has held steady in its position as the most visited long-haul market for Chinese travelers.
More Over-55 Brits Are Taking More Holidays
As is the case with other developed nations worldwide, the population of the UK is growing older. And as the average age increases, it is likely to result in a greater number of over-55 Brits taking more and more holidays. Is there anything else to this trend?
To get a quick grasp of what is going on here, INBOUND checked with the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), as well as a new release put out by Mintel, the global marketing and research firm with several offices in the UK and more than 50 worldwide.
First, the demographics. Several months ago, ONS put out a news release in which Sarah Coates, from its Centre for Ageing and Demography, reported this: “In 2018, the UK population reached 66.4 million people and migration remained the main driver to population growth. “The structure of the UK’s population is changing: people living longer and having fewer children means the age structure is shifting towards later ages. The ways in which people live are also changing with cohabiting families the fastest-growing family type and more young adults living with their parents.”
While this brief quote invites some rather daunting questions for people such as labor economists (Who is going to replace the current workforce as more of them retire? And how will an aging population with so many older citizens travel?), we offer some of the data for travelers from Mintel’s research in which from which readers can come to their own conclusion:
—The number of holidays taken by over 55s has risen to a record 34 million.
—Domestic holidays taken by over-55s rose by 2 percent in 2018, reaching 20.6 million.
—In a figure of particular interest for those who sell long-haul travel to North America, the number of holidays abroad taken by over-55s increased by 1 percent in 2018, reaching 13.4 million.
—Over-55s accounted for 32 percent of all holidays taken and 35 percent of all expenditure. said the Mintel report.
—Mintel found that travel was a high priority for
the over 55s age group When asked to choose their top three priorities for the
next five years, spending time with family came top (54 percent) followed by
improving health (38 percent), relaxing (37 percent) and travelling (36
“The space between the kids leaving home and the onset of ‘old age’ is widening,” said John Worthington, Mintel senior analyst, adding, “For those with the resources to enjoy it this is a golden time for travel. Competition for the silver pound is set to be intense. Digital research and online booking are becoming the norm amongst this group, but the trusted advice of their well-travelled peers is paramount.”
Here Are the Cities that Will Lead the Mobility Revolution
New Index ranks Singapore, Amsterdam, London, Shanghai, and New York as the top five cities, with Asian cities dominating the top 10: As the international tourism industry prepares to leap into another decade during which it is expected that countries with the greatest mobile access and innovation will lead the competition for market share, it appears that cities in the Asian regional market are already there.
The global business consulting company Oliver Wyman—headquartered in New York City with offices in more than 60 nation—just completed study that resulted in an Urban Mobility Readiness Index (see graphic below) which ranks 30 cities on how prepared they are to incorporate the latest mobility technologies and what they are doing to reshape urban mobility.
“Cities destined to become tomorrow’s mobility leaders are forward-thinking and user-centric,” said Guillaume Thibault, an Oliver Wyman partner and one of the creators of the new index. “They take a data-driven approach and work with the private sector to find solutions.” The research was conducted with The Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
The index analyzes existing public and private mobility networks; current regulation, policy, and infrastructure; a city’s livability; and its capacity to absorb future technologies. While the index attempts to rank the outlooks for various cities, the research also provides best practices and concrete strategies that will allow cities to upgrade their offerings with a goal of transforming urban mobility from a challenge into a competitive economic advantage.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to urban mobility because no two cities are starting from the same point. For example, cities around the world operate at vastly different stages of development when it comes to mobility. In Los Angeles, 89 percent of travel involves a car, while in Hong Kong only seven percent does. In Amsterdam, 60 percent of people get around by cycling or walking; in Mexico City, 70 percent take mass transit.
Key to success for cities is a focus on the development of mobility ecosystems that provide a holistic framework to incorporate advanced technologies and create seamless, multimodal networks. Another pivotal element for cities is working closely with academic and private sector mobility research efforts and testing the latest technologies.
Key to success for cities is a focus on the development of mobility ecosystems that provide a holistic framework to incorporate advanced technologies and create seamless, multimodal networks. Another pivotal element for cities is working closely with academic and private sector mobility research efforts and testing the latest technologies.
Why Singapore is on Top: Singapore, Singapore, the island city-state off southern Malaysia, ranks number one in the index because, it tells the reader, it recognizes the importance of building ecosystems, private sector and research partnerships, and infrastructure investment. It has been a pioneer in reducing traffic congestion through various initiatives and has adopted an aggressive approach to integrating cutting-edge technology with progressive transportation policies. The region is leading the way in the latest mobility tools, platforms and services, as well as autonomous driving and real-time, digitized traffic management.
While most of the top 10 represent sprawling metropolitan areas, Amsterdam, the index runner-up, stands in stark contrast, because of its relative compact size and population. Like many other top-scoring cities, it is known for its robust infrastructure, extensive public transportation system, and efforts to downplay the automobile as a transport mode. In recent years, it has adopted policies to foster electric and autonomous vehicles, increase the number of charging stations, and encourage alternate modes of transportation, particularly bicycles. The city has attracted considerable private investment which is helping it with a large-scale smart city initiative as well as the development of a domestic mobility industry.
Additional key findings:
—The top five cities all have legacy infrastructure such as public transit systems, a history of sustained investment, rapid technology adoption, an engaged private sector including innovative startups, and forward-looking policies that aim for growth.
— Five of the top 10 cities are in Asia including Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul. The average index score is 51 out of 100 across all 30 cities.
—Of the 17 cities that scored above average: six are in Europe, six in Asia Pacific, four in the US and Canada, and one in the Middle East.
For more on Oliver Wyman’s research and publications on the subject of city readiness (including such titles as How Cities Should Prepare for Artificial Intelligence, visit here
Why Are English Language Training Centers Being Shut Down in China?
While it is not quite clear what impact, exactly, the development could have on Chinese visitation to the United States, or precisely what is prompting it, Chinese officials seem to be cracking down on what has heretofore been the loosely regulated, or unregulated, business of English education schools or language training centers in China. In a news item one does not find in regular outlets, the Sixth Tone, a sort of alternative online publication based in Shanghai, has published a rather thorough investigative piece on the matter.
What one learns is that more than 20 English training schools have been shut down in 2019. At the same time, the Chinese government has launched an official campaign to clean up the practice, Sixth Tone reports, noting that According to China’s minister of education, Chen Baosheng, officials had investigated more than 401,000 training organizations as of March this year, finding illegal practices in 273,000 of them—as businesses learn that the regulations for operating an educational organization are much more complex than operating a business. For the complete story, visit here
Mergers & Acquisitions
• A new, major presence in the retail sector of Spain’s travel and tourism industry is the result of a just announced agreement to merge Halcón Viajes (part of Globalia) with Avoris (part of Barceló) to generate a mega-group of retail agencies with 1,500 locations in Spain. The Globalia group brings to the venture the brands Halcón Viajes, Viajes Ecuador, Geomoon, Travelplan, Welcome, Globalia Meetings & Events, Globalia Corporate Travel and Globalia Autocares. Barceló brings B the Travel Brand, Catai Tours, Rhodasol, Bedtoyou, BCD Travels, and BCD Meetings & Events, in addition to its air division consisting of Evelop and Orbest Orizonia Airlines, among others. The new entity will have 36 brands, a staff of 6,000 employees and a turnover close to € 3.7 billion ($4.07 billion). The action comes in the wake of last month’s sale by Globalia of Air Europa to the IAG Group (British Airways, Iberia) in a $1 billion deal. The logistics of the transaction did not involve that much travel: both companies are based in Palma, which seems to be a de facto capital of the Spanish industry. Other well-known players based in Palma include Hotelbeds and preferente.com, the Spanish travel trade journal.
• After announcing last month that it was going to acquire the Holiday Land agencies and other Thomas Cook brands, DER Touristik, Germany’s second-largest tour operator, announced two weeks later that it had been unable to finalize the terms of the deal with the administrators who are overseeing the Thomas Cook bankruptcy. Ingo Burmester, CEO of DER Touristik for Central Europe, said: “We would have been delighted to provide the Holiday Land franchisees a successful and stable framework for their work under the roof of DER Touristik. However, the contractual terms that were absolutely essential for us could not be reached.” Shortly after the deal fell through, it was announced that RTK, the German travel agency cooperative network announced was taking over the franchise organization with its 360 members, including brand and system rights. Thomas Bösl, RTK managing director, said: “I’m delighted to have won this established brand for us and at the same time to be able to offer successful travel agency owners a new home in a well-known business environment.” Joint managing director Lars Helmreich added: “Cooperation with the independent travel agency owners within the strong Holiday Land family will strengthen our position as the leading sales organization on the German market.”
• In the UK, the Portman Travel Group, owner of Elegant Resorts, has acquired the trade-only tour operator If Only. The agreement means that If Only founders Brendan and Mary Maguire will retire 18 years after establishing the business. The senior sales and management team—it includes Andy Freeth, Gordon McCreadie, Tracy Docherty and David Irving—will remain with the company. Freeth said the If Only and Elegant Resorts brands will remain “distinctly separate” from one another, and there are no immediate changes planned for either business. Portman chief executive Redmond Walsh said: “I’ve known Andy for 10 years and (the brand) is an obvious fit given Portman is already in the luxury space with Elegant Resorts.”
• Nederlander National Markets LLC, one of the largest operators of theaters and music venues in the U.S., has merged with Jam Theatricals Ltd., one of the largest presenters and producers of Broadway shows in the U.S. Steve Traxler, formerly the president and chief executive of Jam Theatricals, will stay on in the new company as director of strategy and integration, overseeing subscription seasons in 26 cities. The new company will retain the Nederlander name. As part of the merger, the National Theatre Group will become a Nederlander company and will continue to operate the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.
The new Nederlander National Markets will operate under the direct leadership of Nederlander President James L. Nederlander and Nick Scandalios, executive vice president. Jam’s Traxler, co-founder, president & CEO, will continue in the new company as director of strategy and integration, overseeing the subscription seasons in 26 cities as well as the management of the National Theatre.
The Nederlander Organization owns or operates Broadway venues the Brooks Atkinson, the Nederlander, the Gershwin, the Neil Simon, the Lunt-Fontanne, the Palace, the Marquis, the Richard Rodgers and the Minskoff; and venues outside New York including Los Angeles’ Hollywood Pantages; five Chicago theaters including the James M. Nederlander; London’s Adelphi, Aldwych and Dominion; and venues in Oklahoma City, San Diego, San Jose, Tucson and several in North Carolina and South Carolina.
• Abercrombie & Kent has acquired luxury operator Cox & Kings, a competitor, for an undisclosed sum. The viability of Cox & King, which was founded in 1758 and had offices in a number of overseas locations, had begun to wane after financial difficulties effectively shut down its parent operation in India. KPMG was appointed administrator to Cox & Kings on December 4, and the acquisition agreement was announced the following day. A&K said the agreement safeguards all current and future bookings and will see “substantially all” 66 UK jobs transfer to the new owner.
Overseas Operator Scores the Great American Outdoors Index
Ranking in the top spot as the best U.S. state for outdoor enthusiasts is … California! Hawaii also came in at a strong second place. Here are the top 10 states in the ranking by Rickshaw Travel—a UK-based tour company that focuses on adventure and outdoors travel. It rates the United States as an outstanding destination and especially likes the United States and its scenic outdoors and, in particular, it seems, its national parks. The top 10 states are: California; Hawaii; Washington; Vermont; Oregon; Alaska; South Dakota; New Hampshire; Idaho; and Montana.
Rickshaw came out with its index and ranking in what is a de facto celebration of the U.S. For the index, the company scored each state on the following categories: National parks; wildlife biodiversity; natural beauty; carbon dioxide emissions; greenest states; and ir quality. Using these categories, the Rickshaw team established an overall Great American Outdoors score by scoring each state out of 5 across the elements and totaling this together, allowing for the highest available score of 35. (Analysts used seven different information sources in its review.)
The Carbon Dioxide Emissions score was first assigned a ranking which was then scored out of 5, as the highest level was far above the average across the states. If there was a tie in the total score, we used the greenest states score as the determining ranking factor.
Here is what the factors look like in a color scheme:
Finally, what the USA states look like according to the Great American Outdoors Index:
There is more commentary on why some of the states scored so well (“California soared to the top with nine national parks across the entire state, which was more than anywhere else in the U.S. It’s also home to a staggering 6,717 different species of native plants and animals.”), as well as a brief slide show here.
Wake up to the New Year with New Market Opportunities from Connect Travel
The overall international inbound travel market and China, in particular, will soon be shaking off the drowsiness of the past two years and waking up to the opportunity afforded next year by the USA product.
Explains Shari Bailey, Connect Travel President & General Manager of Connect Travel events, “This means that Connect Travel’s young Travel Market in mid-February at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center Florida, as well as its decade-old Active America-China Summit at the beginning of April at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront San Diego, offer U.S. destinations and travel suppliers the chance to make a good first strike with international tour operators as the U.S. market swings into full recovery mode.”
“A review of some key facts, along with a quick citation of what some major industry professionals are telling us about the market recovery for the international and Chinese sectors should be a signal for those serious about doing business to sign up for both events,” added Baily, who noted the following:
• While the U.S. National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO) has forecast of a slight decline in international visitation to the U.S. this year, it foresees an increase in 2020.*
• Similarly, while NTTO has projected a five percent decline in the number of Chinese visitors for 2019, the agency is projecting an increase in 2020.
• Even though its proprietary research and its not-for-public-consumption focus-group results can’t say so, Brand USA officials are able to report that the Chinese long-haul traveler really wants to travel to the United States—no matter what the political environment between the U.S. and China is.
• Zhihang Chi, vice president, North America, for Air China, said in a speech last month 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, but that, although “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 recent 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 Chinese 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 in 2018 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.”
• 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 is on the way. Look for details of the strategy in coming months.
In the meantime, emphasizes Bailey, savvy travel and tourism sales and marketing professionals in the U.S. have the opportunity to take advantage of the forecasts and their figures by signing up and registering for the Connect Travel’s Travel Marketplace Feb. 19-21 (https://connecttravel.com/events/marketplace/) and Connect Travel’s Active America China in April. (https://www.activeamericachina.net/).
About Connect Travel Marketplace: It is an International travel show, specifically designed to address industry needs. Connect Travel Marketplace combines the right timing for product development, a unique format that creates an efficient and effective environment to expedite the sales process and close business and a robust educational track to inspire and inform industry leaders in a rapidly evolving global market. Last year’s featured speaker was former President George W. Bush. And former President Barack Obama will be the 2020 featured speaker.
About Active America China: Now in its twelfth year, it is the only show in North America 100 percent dedicated to building inbound Chinese tourism. Tour operators who attend Active America China are from companies that are responsible for over 40 percent of all tourism to North America. Active America China Affords the most cost and time efficient way to access the Chinese market by enabling travel sellers to meet key Chinese operators without expending the time and expense of travel to China. Active America China includes: presentations about the current state of the Chinese inbound market; clarifies how the Chinese outbound tourism market works; best-practice tips on marketing to Chinese travelers; and complimentary interpreters for all one-on-one marketplace meetings.
* Cntrl + Click here for details of USTTO’s long-term forecast (through 2024) of international travel to the USA from the Top 21 international markets.
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HODGE PODGE: Shifts, Shakeups and Occasional Shaftings in the Tour and Travel Industry
Easy Time Travel is the newest Inbound operator, with offices in Orlando, Florida, Las Vegas, and Montreal. The company is owned by Oswaldo Freitas, well known in the USA, especially in Florida, and in Brazil. The new company will offer product in the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Before launching the new receptive tour operator business, Freitas, a 30-year veteran of the travel and tourism industry, had been regional sales director, Latin America, for JTB Americas. Previously, he was product and operations director for 13 years for the now defunct tour operator, Nascimento Tourism. Prior to that, he was product manager for Soletur.
Craig Davis has been named president and CEO of Visit Dallas. Davis had been president and CEO at VisitPittsburgh since 2012. He joined the organization in 2000 as executive director of convention sales. Davis succeeds former VisitDallas CEO Phillip Jones, who resigned last May following a financial audit of the organization that detailed questionable expenditures and expenses on the part of Jones.
Treasure Williams was recently named as sales manager for the Atlanta CVB. A veteran of more than 15 years in the travel and tourism industry, she has served in senior sales positions for Home2 Suites by Hilton, Fairfield Inn & Suits by Marriot, and Staybridge Suites Hotels
Lisa Baird has been promoted to the position of director of marketing for Visit Oakland. She will be responsible for strategic planning and development and implementation of marketing strategies and communications. Baird, who is the first person under 30 to hold a director title with Visit Oakland, joined the organization in May 2017 as marketing manager and has helped develop a number of successful campaigns. She was previously employed with The Port Workspaces.
The Atlanta CVB recently appointed Brad Minton to the post of national accounts, sales manager. He comes to the bureau from the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, where he was director of sales. Previously, Minton held senior sales positions with Omni Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt Hotels.
Sunwing has announced that Heather Calvert has been appointed business development Manager for Central Canada. Located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Heather brings comes to her new job, with more than 20 years of experience holding managerial positions in retail travel sales, including a tenure with Vision Travel.
Kathy Ehlman was recently been appointed senior sales manager for the Cincinnati USA CVB. She came to the bureau from meetNKY/Northern Kentucky CVB, where she served more than 11 years, and where she was senior sales manager. Previously, she was senior sales manager for Westin Hotels & Resorts-Cincinnati.
Alexander Schlaubitz has stepped down from his post as marketing director for Lufthansa to become CEO of DDB-Holding Lemon Group Services. He had served the company for nearly seven years. Previously, he was European director of customer marketing for Facebook.
Frank Petersen has left his position after nearly two years as head of business development at Frankfurt-based HitchHiker, which provides software solutions for airlines, consolidators, online portals (OTAs), travel agencies, tour operators and travel management companies globally. Previously, he had been senior manager/head of distribution for Air Berlin.
Kenneth Morgan-Schleuning has been named public relations manager-Disney Signature Experiences, at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Well-known in the travel and tourism industry in Florida, Schleuning’s resume before he joined Disney, includes time as public relations account executive/public relations manager at Visit Florida, and as communications manager for the Palm Beach County CVB.
Claire Harrington has been named head of corporate marketing Europe for Flight Centre Travel Group. She joins from travel management company ATPI where she was as head of UK and group marketing and communications. She replaces Sue Robinson, who is returning to her native Australia to become marketing manager for FCM Australia after ten years in the UK.
Thijs van Oss will take over the position of head of the sales group at the Holiday Home Division (HHD), the holiday home division of the Swiss company Hotelplan Group, effective January 1, 2020. He succeeds Stephanie Mulder, who leaves the company at the end of the year. Mulder has been responsible for sales since 2014, bringing together the distribution of the two brands Interhome—its website says offers 100,000 vacation rentals in the U.S.—and Interchalet. Van Oss has been with the company for more than 10 years and previously served as Regional Director Northern Europe in the UK, Ireland, Benelux and Nordic countries. As of January 2020, he will be responsible for the Interhome and Interchalet brands as HHD sales director.
MikeGallagher for 23 years at City Pass
Dana Higgins at Visit Oceanside Conference & Visitors Bureau
Matthew Jon Boone for 3 years at Passport Marketing
Source: LinkedIn, INBOUND
Posted Industry Jobs
Job of the Month
—In the UK, you can apply to be the travel planner and manager for the Queen and her Royal Household. For more details, visit here.
From SearchWide Global:
—Visit Pensacola is looking for a new president and CEO. For more information, visit here.
—Visit Salt Lake is searching for its next president and CEO. For more details, click here.
—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, click here.
—There is an opening for a director of sales and catering at Great Wolf Resorts. Click here for specifics.
—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, visithere.
—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.
—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.
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—In the UK, a home-based/field-based position is open for an international premier airline, which looking for a key account manager for its leisure sales team. More details here.
—The tourist board of Visit Jersey is looking for a CEO. For more information, visit here.
—A retail tourist attraction based in Central London is looking for a tourism manager. Click here for more details