Beginning October 1st, Stefan Baumert will take over as CEO of TUI Germany. Baumert assumes responsibility for the company’s tour operator business in Central Europe with the markets of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland. He succeeds Marek Andryszak, who is leaving TUI at the end of the current financial year on September 30th. Baumert began his professional career at TUI in 1999 after studying business administration and has since worked for the group in various management positions in Germany and London.
Aniseh Dalju, Marie Martin, Brandon Furyk, Greg “Fish” Fischbein and Jordan Allen, in collaboration with the team at Long Beach, California-based Onward (group travel services) are launching their new brand—Onward Expeditions. Expeditions, which is focused on curriculum-based student group travel—working together with faculty throughout the country and abroad, taking the curriculum beyond the classroom. “We are a diverse and passionate team,” said Dalju, “creating exceptional travel experiences. No matter size or scope, we consider all the details, crafting the right travel solution for you every time.”
Brian McCartin, president & CEO at Tempe Tourism Office, has announced his retirement. He joined Tempe in 2017 following his 14-year tenure at Travel Portland. Michael Martin, long-time executive vice president, has been named interim president/CEO.
Birmingham, UK-based Attraction World has recruited Ella Sopp as its new head of business development. Sopp will be responsible for “building new relationships across the travel distribution sphere,” including OTAs and in-destination partnerships. She brings more than 13 years of industry knowledge to the B2B tours and attractions supplier as the company continues to reshape its management team. Sopp has previously held senior roles with industry media outlets such as Arival, Tourpreneur, Tnooz (now Phocuswire) and Travel Technology Europe. Attraction World connects travel brands in over 80 countries., and has enabled over 3 million customers to pre-book attractions and destination experiences worldwide.
Andrew Ortale has been appointed as the new chief sales officer at VisitPITTSBURGH. Ortale’s appointment marks a return to Pittsburgh for the seasoned veteran, as he previously served as national sales director for VisitPITTSBURGH from 2000-03 before taking on a senior sales position with Visit Orlando. Previously, he worked for ASIS International from 2017. Prior to that, he served in senior positions at National Trade Productions.
Thomas Osswald has been named the new managing director for the German travel agency franchise system Derpart (it is part of DER Touristik Group). His appointment follows the decision of Aquilin Schömig and Andreas Neumann decided to leave the company at their own request. The business economist and travel agent Thomas Osswald began his career in 1994 in the travel agency franchise sector in various managerial positions at Lufthansa City Center Reisebüropartner GmbH and became its managing director in 1999. From 2006 onwards, he was in charge of franchise management at TUI Deutschland for several years. From 2009, Osswald held various managerial positions at the Amadeus subsidiary i: FAO Group and at the parent company Amadeus, including as Director Commercial the areas of Key Customer Relations, Commercial and Key Account Services and currently the Strategy TMC Partners area at Amadeus IT Group.
Florian Renner this week takes over the management of the North America product at FTI in Zurich. The USA specialist was most recently the strategic head of The Brand USA, the marketing organization of the United States, at the Munich-based Lieb Management agency. Long-distance travel manager Matthias Huwiler sees Renner as a “great gain for our product area.” “We are certain that his know-how makes him an ideal team leader to set important impulses for the strategic direction for trips to the USA and Canada”, says Huwiler.
Renu Snehi has been named senior vice president of global brands for Travel + Leisure Company. with the mission of overseeing the company’s multi-brand commercial strategy. Bringing 20 years of experience with top brands in the global hospitality industry to Travel + Leisure Co., Snehi joins the company following the acquisition of the renowned Travel + Leisure brand earlier this year. In her role, she will be responsible for global branding and brand communications for the Company’s three lines of business: Wyndham Destinations, Panorama, the world’s largest affiliate travel company; and Travel + Leisure Group.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has appointed Anne Sayers as the state tourism secretary, a post she’s held as interim director since November. Sayers replaces Sara Meaney, who resigned from the post. Sayers had been deputy secretary under Meaney since 2019 when Evers took office. Previously, Sayers had been deputy state director. Prior to that, she was director of marketing and communications for the International Crane Foundation.
Paul Mason has been named senior manager of global trade at the Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. He joins from Wyndham Resorts & Hotels. Mason was with the company for nearly 19 years, most recently as director, wholesale account management and distribution.
Space Perspective, the world’s first luxury spaceflight experience, announced that travel industry veteran Edyta Teper has joined the company as head of global sales-trade partnerships. In this role, Teper will be responsible for overseeing global sales for travel trade partnerships. She will lead sales efforts and collaborate with the marketing team in new business development. Teper, who will report to Sandy Heydt, chief marketing officer, joins the new company from Virgin Voyages, where she was a senior sales executive.
Bob Hackett has been named executive director at Travel South Oregon. He joined the organization in 2017 following 19 years as marketing manager at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has also served as a visiting instructor of Willamette University and at Oregon State University.
Jasmyn Goodwin has been promoted to vice president of marketing and communications for Visit Omaha. She joined the organization 14 years ago and has been serving in this position on an interim basis for the past year. Working at Visit Omaha for the past 14 years, Goodwin has served as the organization’s director of marketing, managing a team of content creators and VisitOmaha.com, the city’s official tourism website.
Florian Storp has left his position as managing director of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT). In doing so, he also leaves vacant his position as vice president of Central and Eastern Europe. With Storp’s withdrawal, American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is not only losing its long-time managing director in Germany, Storp’s position as vice president Central and Eastern Europe is also vacant. The departure of Storp comes as a surprise. On request, there was no information about a possible successor both as Germany’s managing director and as the person responsible for Central and Eastern Europe.
Marie Loyola has joined the Paris-based Article Onze Group, a European marketing and public relations group, where she will promote the southern states of the USA along with Travel South USA on the French and Belgian markets. Previously, she was with the Office du Tourisme des Visit USA Committee France.
Nuitée Travel has announced the appointment of Yasir Talib as senior business development manager. Talib brings more than 15 years of expertise in the B2B travel distribution field. In his previous roles, he served as Senior Sales Manager in different companies like Kuoni / GTA, G2 Travel and ATI. Talib is a New Yorker home-based in the suburbs of the city, and he will strengthen the commercial team led by Fabiana Ferreira, global director of sales. Nuitée is a B2B company that began operations in 2017
Christina Erny has been promoted from director of marketing to vice president of marketing at the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. She is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic marketing initiatives and overseeing programs related to integrated marketing, research, advertising, media buying and negotiating, official publications and collateral, web strategy, social media and event marketing, as well as lead the day-to-day operations of the marketing and communications teams. Erny has been with the bureau for more than a decade. She joined in 2011 has public relations and social media coordinator.
Matt Bolas has been appointed executive director the Bristol Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation, which overseas tourism promotion for an area that includes Bristol, which straddles that state line separating Virginia and Tennessee, and is considered by many to be the birthplace of American country music. A native of Kingsport, Tenn., Bolas has more than 20 years of experience in the tourism industry, including 18 years as executive director of Discover Bristol and two years as sports marketing manager at Visit Kingsport.
Angela Indemaio has been appointed to the new position of sales coordinator at Blue Man Group. She comes to the company from her post as a tour and travel sales manager at New York Cruise Lines, Inc., where she spent nearly eight years.
Marcie Ellison Outerbridge, vice president of Ellison Travel & Tours—a major force in the North American student and youth market, with three offices across Canada—has been appointed vice president of the Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA). Outerbridge, who has been with family operated Ellison Travel and Tours for nearly 17 years, has been an active SYTA member during most of that time.
From SearchWide Global:
—Visit Milwaukee is searching for a vice president of marketing and communications. More details here.
—Visit Dana Point, California, has an opening for an executive director. More details here.
—Discover The Palm Beaches is looking for an associate vice president of group sales. More details here.
—Discover The Palm Beaches is searching for a director of events, tradeshow & strategic sales partnerships. More details here.
—The Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, which represents an area of coastal communities in northwestern Michigan, has an opening for a new executive director. More details here.
—The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking a senior vice president of convention sales. More details here.
—The Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade is searching for a director of marketing and communications. More details here.
—The Roebbelen Center @ the Grounds, a multi-purpose event facility on 60 acres situated between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, is seeking a general manager. More details here.
—In Arlington, Texas, there is an opening for president and CEO of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. More details here.
—Freeman is searching for a vice president, national graphics. More details here.
—Visit Dallas has an opening for a senior vice president/chief marketing officer. More details here.
—Destination Door County (Wisconsin) is looking for a president and CEO. More details here.
—In Oregon, the Josephine County Visitor Association’s Destination Marketing Organization, Experience Grants Pass, us searching for an executive director. More details here.
—The Oklahoma State Fair is seeking a president and CEO. More details here.
—There is an opening for a chief executive officer at Explore Skagit Valley in Washington State. More details here.
—In the Charlotte/Concord area of North Carolina, Great Wolf Resorts has an opening for a director of sales and catering. For details, click here
—Georgia’s Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center & Tourism Authority is searching for a conference sales director. More details here.
Also, Visit Dallas, one of the Top 100 Places to Work in Dallas-Fort Worth, has the following job openings. For more details, click on the individual links: Administrative Assistant; Diversity & Inclusion Resource Manager; Event Manager; Sales Coordinator; and Site Coordinator.
From LinkedIn Jobs: Known to many across the board in the travel and tourism industry, the LinkedIn list (click here) has numerous job opportunities posted. Following is a brief sample of some of those jobs currently listed.
—Sky Land and Ocean Travel in Philadelphia has an opening for a virtual travel coordinator. More details here.
—Barefoot Wanderlust Adventures has an opening for a travel specialist who can work from a remote location. More details here.
—New York City & Company has an opening for a coordinator, global communications. More details here.
—Delta Air Lines is searching for a specialist, reservations strategic initiatives. More details here.
From Indeed.com: We’ve taken a look at this site (click here) which says that it has hundreds of new jobs listed, including a fair number in the travel, tourism and related industries. A sampler of what to expect is below.
—The Miles Partnership has an opening for a Travel Media Sales and Marketing Executive. Location: Remote. More details here.
—The city of Eustis, Florida is looking for an events & tourism manager. Salary range is $50,361 to $75,670 a year. More details here.
—The Philadelphia office of Tiquets, the global ticket booking company for attractions, is looking for a U.S.-based supply coordinator (the company is headquartered in the Netherlands. More details here.
—The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is looking for a vice president of guest experience. The salary range is $130,000 – $157,000 a year: More details here.
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