Linda Horowitz has been named director of member engagement, U.S. Travel Association. She joins from Visit Fairfax, a major DMO for the northern Virginia region just outside Washington, DC. She also served as tourism services manager for Destination DC.
Chris Ellis has taken leave of his position with Visit Florida, where he served for since last autumn, to return to Brand USA, where he worked several years before deciding to take on a senior position for 7M Tours, an operator known primarily for bringing visitors from India to the USA. Now, he’s back at Brand USA as director of partner engagement. Before his first tenure at Brand USA, Ellis had worked for Visit Orlando and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Ellen Flatley has begun working in her new position as destination manager-North America East at TUI Musement, which comprises TUI’s tours and experiences division. Well-known in the travel and tourism industry, Flatley’s resumé shows that she has had considerable experience across sector lines, serving in senior sales positions with TripAdvisor Experiences; the National September 11 Memorial & Museum; and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Expedia Group™ Media Solutions has announced the appointment of/return of, Rob Torres as senior vice president. Recognized across the travel and tourism industry as a travel media leader, in his new role Torres will oversee Expedia Group’s global advertising business. Torres spent the last 15+ years at Google as the managing director of advertising and marketing for the company’s travel division, overseeing sales, strategy, product development and relationship management for Google’s largest travel advertising partners. His move marks a return to Expedia Group, where he spent 7 years as vice president of strategic accounts, working closely with key hotel partners.
Amy Brown has been named senior vice president, sales & services at Visit Fort Worth. She joins from Visit Austin, where she spent almost nine-and-a-half years, lastly as director of sales. Prior to that, Brown was national convention sales manager for the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, where she served for six years.
The Norfolk Tourism Foundation and VisitNorfolk have announced the appointment of Kelsey Backe as the foundation’s new director. Backe previously served as the managing director of The Hurrah Players, a not-for-profit family theater company in Norfolk. Prior to that, she was development director for the Zeiders American Dream Theater, a nonprofit professional theater company in Virginia Beach. Founded in 2004, the Norfolk Tourism Foundation is a nonprofit that functions as an adjunct agency to VisitNorfolk, the city’s destination marketing organization.
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has promoted Joe Heller to the position of senior vice president, marketing & communications. In his expanded role, Heller will lead the greater marketing and communications team that now includes four core areas of focus – marketing, communications, content and partnerships. Heller joined the Philadelphia CVB in 2019.
Morgan Maravich has been promoted to the post of senior director, sales & business development, at the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). Maravich came to GBTA in 2019 from NTA (formerly the National Tour Association), where she served for nearly five years. Previously, she worked for Destination DC.
Manoela Gentil Bopp has been appointed marketing strategy manager of Disney Destinations. She had been working for Disney, in effect, providing PR service for the Jeff group. She will report to Cinthia Davis, director of sales and marketing for Disney Destinations for Latin America. Before working for the Disney brand, Bopp was at FSB Comunicação in Rio de Janeiro for more than a dozen years, mostly as a communication advisor.
Liana Guiry has been appointed as the new vice president sales, marketing and customer experience at the Canlan Ice Spots Corp., a BC-based company whose attractions revolve about the ability to “book party room or the entire spors complex.” Guiry has had extensive experience in progressive positions of leadership across global financial services, hospitality, and tourism. She has held sales and marketing roles at Revera Inc., Delta Hotels and Resorts, Destination Ontario and AMEX.
Nicholas Rigas has been promoted to director of events and experiences at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. He’s been with the DMO since 2017. His previous experience includes a brief tenure at The White House doing advance work, and more than five years in sales and marketing at the Garces Group, a Philadelphia-based hospitality group specializing in personal dining experiences.
Richard Santos has been promoted to the position of heading of source air manager at the Brazilian OTA Decolar. Santos has been with the company for four years. Previously, he served as a department supervisor. He has worked in the tourism industry for 10 years, including a tenure at LATAM.
Jessica Payne has moved to the role of business development executive at Riviera Travel. Payne has worked in Riviera’s contact center for the past year, and before that spent five years overseas as a rep in Rhodes, Costa del Sol, Majorca, Mexico, Thasos and Thailand. She will manage a number of trade accounts across the UK, including working with agents who want to start selling river cruise and touring holidays.
Peter Ulwahn, previously chief digital officer of TUI Musement, has moved up the ladder to become chief executive of the division starting May 1. Musement comprises the tour operator’s tours and activities businesses. Ulwahn takes over from David Schelp, who has been with the group since 2002 and took over leadership of TUI’s tours and activities business unit in 2009 and completed the integration of the travel-tech start-up Musement acquired in 2018. TUI Musement has since been transformed into a leading digital platform for excursions, activities, attraction tickets and transfers. Ulwahn has been with TUI for more than 26 years.
Jessica May has been named the new Alltours regional manager for southern Germany. As the regional manager for the country’s south, May will be looking after the needs of travel agencies in Baden-Württemberg and more. The company said in a release announcing the appointment that “May knows both the counter and the work at a tour operator.” After her training in an Alltours travel center, she became a tour guide on Tenerife with Alltours Air Travel. Most recently, she was jointly responsible for the marketing & retail B2B department at Rhomberg Reisen in Austria.
Tammy Blount-Canavan has been named president and CEO of Visit Seattle. She begins her new job effective May 9, succeeding longtime leader Tom Norwalk, who retired earlier this spring. Blount-Canavan’s history with the area spans two countries and three decades first in the hotel industry in her hometown of Vancouver, BC, to a previous role as President and CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. And she has strong ties to the Puget Sound area, having served as President and CEO of the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau from 2008-2012.
Kimberly Barrett has been named brand communications manager for the United States Golf Association. She joins from Athena Global Advisors. Previously, she was communications manager for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Barrett is actually returning to the golf industry. Prior to her Philadelphia experience, she was coordinator, international media, for the PGA.
Diego Camacho has told us that he is taking leave of the travel and tourism and has become a part of the jobs site, Indeed.com, as an account executive. He joined the company from the Empire State Building attraction. Previously, Camacho held senior sales positions with such well-known New York tourism experiences as Madame Tussauds New York, New York Water Taxi and Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises.
Debbie O’Neill has been promoted to the role of general manager of the escorted touring specialist Jules Verne—it is a part of the Der Touristik UK Group—after 30 years with the company, a period during which she has served as a sales consultant and has worked in a number of roles within the business.O’Neill will report to Francis Torrilla, managing director of Der Touristik UK’s specialist travel division.
LATAM Airlines Brazil has announced the appointment of Aline Mafra as its new director of sales and marketing. She succeeds Diogo Elias. Mafra has worked at LATAM for 17 years. She started out as a pricing analyst prior to the merger 10 years ago of Chile’s Lan and Brazil’s Tam into LATAM.
From SearchWide Global:
—The Muncie Visitors Bureau is looking for an executive director. More details here.
—Visit GreenvilleSC is searching for a president and CEO. More details here.
—Visit Tulsa is recruiting for an SVP-president, Tulsa Regional Tourism. More details here.
—The Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau has an opening for a vice president of marketing and communications. More details here.
—Visit Albuquerque is searching for a vice president of sales. More details here.
—Destinations International is looking for a senior vice president of marketing & communications. More details here.
—Visit Wichita is searching for a new vice president of sales. More details here.
—There is an opening for the position of chief tourism development officer at OneSpartanburg Inc. More details here.
—The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau is looking for an executive director, PHL Diversity. More details here.
—The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for a director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. More detailshere.
—Visit Tucson is recruiting for an executive vice president. More details here.
—The Manistee County Visitors Bureau in Michigan, is searching for a new executive director. More details here.
—Conference Direct, a provider of global meeting planning solutions, is searching for vice president of global sales. More details here.
—Meet Minneapolis has an opening for a vice president of equity, diversity and inclusion. More details here.
—The South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeking a new CVB director. More details here.
—The Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeking a new chief financial officer. More details here.
—Visit El Paso is searching for a director of marketing and communications. More details here.
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 sample of some of those jobs currently listed.
—World View space tourism is recruiting for a program manager, customer experience. Location: Austin, Texas. More details here.
—There is an opening for a Luxury Leisure Travel Manager at the AMPM Group, New York City Metropolitan Area. More details here.
—Santa Monica Travel & Tourism has an opening for an executive assistant who will report directly to the president/CEO. More details here.
—New Orleans & Company is looking for a marketing manager its tourism sales & marketing department. More details here.
—The U.S. Travel Association, the association for the whole of the U.S. travel and tourism industry, has posted an opening for the position of manager, grassroots and PAC. More details here.
—Key Tours, Fairfax Virginia, a tour operator to Europe, Asia, Domestic USA, and Latin America seeks a multi-talented candidate to join its team as a senior travel consultant. More details here.
—Tulsa Regional Tourism has an opening for a vice president of sales & experiences. More details here.
—Remote travel advisor Sky Land and Ocean Travel, United States. More details here.
—The storied major league baseball team, the New York Yankees, have posted a job description to manage their tourism efforts moving forward. They’re looking to fill the position fairly quickly. More details here.
—Several dream assignments, including one for a regional partnership manager, are currently available at Visit Florida. More details here.
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