Salvatore Carusone has taken on the position as director of contracting atBonotel Exclusive Travel. He left his role with WebBeds where he worked for more than five years. Previously, he held managerial positions at Holiday Professionals and Kuoni Group Travel Experts.
Daniella De la Osa has been appointed director of global public relations for Celebrity Cruises, Inc. She joins the company from Diamond Public Relations, where she was account manager. Previously, she was president of her own business, Higher PR.
Watson Li has been named regional director, international MICE, APAC, Africa, and Middle East at NYC & Company. A hospitality and tourism industry veteran with more than 15 years of experience—he held senior sales positions with Starwood Hotels & Resorts—Li previously worked for NYC & Company from 2017-2020.
Bruna Milet has left her position as global director of advertising and institutional affairs at Decolar, (it operates outside Brazil as Despegar). Milet had been with the company for nearly four years, starting out as head of marketing and communications. Previously, she had served with Endeavor Brasil and as chief marketing officer of Smiles, which had split from its parent airline company, GOL.
Bart Peterson has been named as the new director of sales for the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau after serving for two years as its business development manager. Peterson has worked closely with regional partners through the North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative and he will continue to support the Sierra region through group and leisure sales efforts. He will continue to represent the region with key partners including Brand USA, US Travel, Visit California, Travel Nevada and many others.
Richard Hey, a one-time senior official at the tour operator Abercrombie & Kent, has been rehired as agency sales manager for the brand and its affiliated program, Cox & Kings. Richard joined A&K first time round in January 2020 but left eight months later after the pandemic forced the company to reduce the size of its team. He then ran a freelance consulting business before joining Adriatic Holidays as trade development director.
Lindblad Expeditions has appointed Bertha Espinosa as its vice president of expedition sales. She brings to Lindblad more than 25 years of call center/reservations leadership experience. Prior to joining Lindblad, she was the vice president of guest services for Crystal Cruise Lines, where she oversaw all facets of their customer support and service. In her leadership role at Lindblad, Espinosa will be charged with significant decision-making responsibility to develop and lead the expedition reservation sales team and optimize capabilities across multiple priorities.
The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau has promoted Kasey L. Summerville as vice president of marketing, communications and community engagement. In her new role, the CVB said Summerville will guide all activities and operations of the LRCVB’s marketing, communications and community engagement division in an effort to position the City of Little Rock as “the must-experience destination” for leisure tourism and convention business. Summerville joined the Little Rock bureau in Nov. 2017, and was the senior director of tax revenue. Previously, she served for nearly 15 years as an assessor in county government.
Paul Hackett, managing director of the Irish agency Click&Go, was recently re-elected as president of the Irish Travel Agents Association at the association’s annual meeting in Dublin. Proportionately, Ireland sends more of its travelers to the USA than any other overseas source market. Hackett’s agency has been in business for more than 12 years. Previously, he was managing director of NST—a The Group Travel Specialists. The company sends students to some 100 destinations worldwide.
Oz Gonzalez has been named to a new position—director of strategic sales partnerships—at City Experiences. Previously, he had served a brief tenure as national project sales manager. Gonzalez joined the company in November 2011 as national business development manager.
From SearchWide Global:
—The Los Angeles Convention Center is recruiting for a new general manager. More details here.
—Visit Bath, in Virginia, is seeking a president and CEO. More details here.
—The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau is searching for a president & CEO. More details here.
—Discover Santa Clara™ is searching for a chief executive officer. More details here.
—The Orange County Convention Center, site of the recent IPW 2022 in Orlando, has an opening for a deputy director. More details here.
—Longwoods International, a tourism industry leader in marketing, advertising and public opinion research, is searching for a senior vice president. More details here.
—The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is searching for a new vice president of marketing. More details here.
—Santa Monica Travel & Tourism has an opening for a new director of communications. More details here.
—Discover Santa Clara is looking for a new CEO. More details here.
—Choose Chicago is searching for a senior vice president of sales. More details here.
—The National Comedy Center has an opening for a director of marketing and communications. More details here.
—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 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.
—The Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeking a new chief financial officer. 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.
—Visit Detroit has an opening for a sales manager. More details here.
—The Fruit Company in Hood River, Oregon is recruiting for a tourism manager. More details here.
—CVS has an opening for an executive travel consultant. More details here.
—In Atlanta, Delta Vacations is recruiting for the position of copywriter, Atlanta/Hybrid. More details here.
—The City of Scottsdale is looking for an executive director of planning, economic development and tourism, More details here.
—There is an opening for a senior manager of social media currently available at Visit Florida. More details here.
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