Easy Time Travel is the newest Inbound operator, with offices in Orlando, Florida, Las Vegas, and Montreal. The company isowned 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.