UK Market Bites
Spending by Brits in the international travel and hospitality category fell during the peak travel month of July (vs. June), according to Barclaycard, as consumers reduced spending—according to some key metrics. Increased inflation took its toll, reported as debit and credit card data from Barclaycard showed the following:
- Overall spending was 7.7. percent in the month, compared to June—while it fell 3.8 percent at travel agencies and 3 percent at airlines.
- According to Barclaycard, “This is likely due to the ongoing disruption across the aviation sector, as well as the 20 percent of Brits who are choosing not to summer holiday abroad this year, and the 16 percent instead opting to take a break in the UK … The popularity of staycations is driving spend in the hotels, resorts and accommodation category, which grew 1.9 per cent compared to June.”
- Said Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “Sales improved in July as the heatwave boosted sales of hot weather essentials.”
“However, with inflation at over 9 percent, many retailers are still contending with falling sales volumes during what remains an incredibly difficult trading period,” she noted, adding, “Consumer confidence remains weak, and the rise in interest rates coupled with talk of recession will do little to improve the situation.” For the complete article on the above, click here.
The number of Brits who are inclined to go abroad for work is increasing.
- According to the results of a survey from London-based Small Business Prices, which focuses on economic data trends, those surveyed who already worked abroad were asked about their desire to work abroad again.
- The results found that, overall, 72 percent would do it abroad again in the future.
- The highest percentage of respondents who would like to work abroad again was in the 36-44 age range, at 79 percent.
- Asked about their reasons for wanting to work abroad again: Sixty-three percent wanted to experience a different culture, and 63 percent think they’d have a better life. As well, 53 percent cited cheaper cost of living.
- Just 24 percent of respondents though moving abroad would affect their career negatively.
- According to Radical Storage, a luggage storage network, 44,000 British employees moved abroad in 2020 for work.
New Travel Jobs in UK Setting Records: Recently released figures from London-based C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment show that the number of those placed in tourism is “off the charts.” For example, the total number of July job placements was the highest figure for the month since C&M’s job index began in 2012. It increased 149 percent from July 2021, 74 percent from July 2019, 49 percent from July 2018, 5 percent from July 2017 and 8 percent from July 2016.
CEM said July traditionally sees a soft reduction in activity, but last month’s total number of travel job placements was 5 percent higher than June 2022 and the fifth highest level since November 2017. There’s more:
- July 2022 was the first-time vacancies, placements and new candidates all increased compared to the previous month since July 2012.
- However, the number of new candidates searching for travel jobs last month was 24 percent lower than in July 2021, but 45 percent higher than in July 2019.
- Also, the number of new travel jobs created in July 2022 declined 19 percent vs. July 2021 but increased by 14 percent vs. July 2019.
- Observed Barbara Kolosinska, managing director of CEM, “With the summer holidays in full swing, July traditionally results in a dip in activity, but July 2022 actually saw vacancies, placements and new candidates all rise from the previous month.
“This is the first time this has happened since July 2012 and demonstrates the sheer level of demand that the travel industry has for talent at the moment,” she added. “August is usually the industry’s quietest month for recruitment outside of December, so it will be interesting to see if it also defies historical trends, and early indicators suggest that it will be another very healthy month.”
(For complete article on the above, click here.
Not all Brit holidaymakers are worried about their carbon footprint. Results of a recently conducted survey indicate that more than half of British vacationers are “not worried” about the impact of their carbon footprint.
- Of the 2,000 adults surveyed by No 1 Currency between 25-28 July, less than half (43 percent) said they were concerned about what effect their travel choices were having on the environment.
- According to the study, men (at 59 percent) are more likely to be unconcerned by their holiday’s carbon footprint than women (54 percent), while younger adults are more likely to be more anxious about the planet than older travelers.
- Fifty-nine percent of 18- to 24-year-olds said they were worried, compared to 34 percent of over-65s, according to the research from No 1 Currency.
- Simon Phillips, managing director at No 1 Currency, said: “The government must work harder to get its climate change message across to holidaymakers, and it clearly needs to do more to help travelers better understand their carbon footprint as they finally get to take a break.
- Phillips also noted that No1 Currency data “confirms how most people like to unwind while on holiday. And for many, ‘getting away from it all’ also means forgetting all the troubles of the world. But they may not be fully aware of the carbon cost of their holiday.”
According the GlobalData’s latest numbers, the UK’s outbound travel figures are estimated to reach 86.9 million by 2024. This would surpass the 84.7 million trips recorded in 2019 in spite of so many troublesome factors. Inexpensive travel, especially in Spain, is expected to be the most popular outbound destination. The report—United Kingdom Source Tourism Insight, 2022 Update—points out that the recovery in outbound tourism follows a weak 2020 and 2021, where lower traveler confidence and strict Covid-19 measures saw the UK’s outbound tourism numbers shrink to a fraction of those for 2019. Click here to read TTG’s article on the subject.
The German Recovery, Continued
Ever since the U.S. government announced last October that—effective, Nov. 8, 2021— it was lifting restrictions on inbound international travel from the EU, UK and other key markets, tour operators and the travel trade as a whole have demonstrated that they were as ready as any component of the industry in its ability to re-start the marketing and promotion of the Visit USA product.
In order to check the pulse of how the industry was doing, the travel trade media somehow managed to conduct the same monthly surveys of travel retailers (even if there wasn’t much to sell) and be ready for the distribution channels to operate in a way that resembles normalcy once travel returned to regular levels. It must have worked because, of all overseas markets who sell the U.S., Germany ranks No. 3 in traffic to the USA for the first six months of 2022.
While no one in the travel trade in Germany is guilty of over-optimism, one still detects a certain kind of confidence that sales levels and passenger traffic to North America from Germany could reach pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2023. At least, this is the sense one gets in reading the account of the recent conversation between Matthew Gurtler of the German travel trade journal Touristik Aktuell, and Dr. Ingo Burmester, CEO of Der Touristik, the No. 2 travel company in Germany. The interview took place at Der Touristik’s Frankfurt headquarters.
Following is selection of some of the points that came up during their discussion. (Caution, the account relied on a Google translation.)
- For now, said Burmester, three major trends are already emerging: first, “rediscovery” of long-distance travel; second, the dominance of sunny destinations—even for long-term stays—and third, the continuing “great desire for flexibility.”
- The desire of Germans to travel is unabated and will give the industry a strong winter. Germany’s second largest travel group, DER Touristik, is convinced of this. In any case, CEO Ingo Burmester is optimistic about the cold weather season for his brands Dertour, Jahn Reisen, ITS and Meiers Weltreisen.
- Long-distance routes account for around 60 percent of all bookings for the winter, Burmester explained. This corresponds to the usual booking situation before the pandemic and confirms “the new normality that we have been seeing since the beginning of summer.”
- Even on medium-haul routes, the desired destinations of Germans do not differ from those of the pre-COVED times: the Canary Islands, Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia.
- “People can’t get enough of sun and sea and the easy holiday feeling that beach destinations give them,” said Burmester. There is a great need, “that summer-sun-carefree feeling in winter, too, to preserve.”
- —DER Touristik, Burmester said, also has its sights set on affluent best agers* who want to reduce their heating costs and boost that holiday feeling. There are a number of long-term offers for them, some of which can be combined with other discounts such as early bird discounts and 55-plus discounts.
* Persons aged between 49-80 years old. It is said that 40 percent of the German population are older than 49 years of age.
Click here to read the full article.
Retail Tally for July 2022 vs 2021 & 2019
The current key figures are from the German travel industry through Frankfurt-based ta.ts.
The overall totals show that the retail industry’s business have greatly improved—especially when measured against 2020 and 2021, both of which suffered from the pandemic. The numbers are still down against 2019 which, however, was a record year for more than half of the Top 20 overseas source markets for Visit USA traffic. Next year just might be a year when business returns to normalcy. Meanwhile, the numbers.
- The invoiced total turnover of the travel agencies recorded in the “ta.ts Reisebürospiegel” (or ta.ts travel agency mirror) was up 131.2 percent last month compared to the same month in 2021, and it was down 18.3 percent compared to July 2019.
- The invoiced tourism turnover in July showed an increase of 112.4 percent compared to 2021. Compared to July 2019, the invoiced tourism turnover was down 14.1 percent.
Air traffic revenue for the month was up 173.8 percent vs. 2021. As of July 2019, air traffic revenue was down 23.5 percent.
- Other sales were up 92.1 percent in July 2022 vs. 2021 and down 14.9 percent vs. 2019.
- The number of tickets was up 69.9 percent compared to July 2021 and down 47.6 percent compared to July 2019.
- Revenue from the tourism sub-division cruises was up 249.4 percent in July compared to 2021 and down 23.5 percent compared to July 2019.
- Cumulatively, the total invoiced travel agency turnover in the months from January to July is up 295.1 percent compared to 2021. For the period January to July vs. 2019, the cumulative invoiced travel agency turnover was minus 30.3 percent.
- Tourism recorded an increase of 318.5 percent compared to 2021 and minus 27.0 percent compared to 2019.
- Air traffic recorded an increase of 317.0 percent vs. 2021 and compared to 2019 a decrease of 34.8 percent.
- Other sales showed an increase of 186.4 percent compared to 2021 and a minus 19.1 percent compared to 2019.
- The number of tickets had an increase of 226.8 percent compared to 2021 and minus 47.9 percent compared to 2019.
- The cruise sub-sector shows a cumulative increase of 402.7 percent compared to 2021 or a minus of 33.3 percent compared to 2019
New York City Remains Global Favorite
“Ain’t it wonderful to be
Where I’ve always wanted to be?
For the first time, I’ll breathe free here in New York City”
From “I guess the Lord must be in New York City”—Harry Nielsen, 1969
In long-haul international travel, the regular order (that is, as it was pre-pandemic), seems to be taking shape again—with the exception, that is, of some key Asian destinations. This means, according to the latest research from the Expedia Group that, across the broad spectrum of global destinations, there were more bookings from more regions for NYC. And as the table below affirms, New York was indeed a top destination for travelers in all regions.
- According to Expedia’s “2022 Q2 Traveler Insights Report,” North America, as a world regional destination, saw an increase in search activity. Canada, for instance, continued to lead search increases in Q2, as both an origin country and a destination country. Comparing June 2022 to April 2022, inter-province searches were up 10 percent, while searches from the U.S. to Canada increased 20 percent during the quarter.
- Travelers in other regions were also enthusiastic about visiting North America. Globally, Chicago, Las Vegas, and San Diego saw the strongest growth in Q2 demand between April and June.
- Elsewhere, the APAC region experienced consistent week-over-week international search growth throughout the quarter, with double-digit growth in May and June. In addition, following the June 10 announcement that the U.S. was lifting COVID-19 testing requirements, APAC saw another lift in searches, with Australians and New Zealanders showing the most enthusiasm and leading to double-digit growth for searches to the U.S.
Top 10 Booked Destinations
Second Quarter of 2022
|For APAC Travelers||For EMEA Travelers||For LATAM Travelers||For North American Travelers|
|1. London||1. London||1. Mexico City||1. New York|
|2. Tokyo||2. New York||2. New York||2. Las Vegas|
|3. Singapore||3. Paris||3. Cancun||3. Los Angeles|
|4. Seoul||4. Barcelona||4. Paris||4. Orlando|
|5. Honolulu||5. Dubai||5. Sao Paolo||5. Cancun|
|6. Paris||6. Istanbul||6. Madrid||6. Chicago|
|7. New York||7. Amsterdam||7. Rio de Janeiro||7. London|
|8. Sydney||8. Copenhagen||8. London||8. Boston|
|9. Melbourne||9. Stockholm||9. Las Vegas||9. Honolulu|
|10. Seogwipo*||10. Rome||10. Orlando||10. San Francisco|
*Jeju Island, South Korea
Click here to access Expedia’s “Traveler Insights: Comparing Trends in Each Region During Q2 2022”
What’s New and Cool
Here is this issue of INBOUND’s sample of new and/or cool attractions and experiences as they appear in the current annual issue of TheTourOperator.com.
Grand Canyon Adventures: One of Northern Arizona’s premier eco-friendly tour operators creates customer tours with everything sustainable in mind. Experience majestic surroundings while protecting it for years to come. (dothecanyon.com)
Santa Monica California—Pacific Wheel at Santa Monica Pier: One of the world’s “Coolest Ferris Wheels,” the 13-story landmark is the world’s first and only solar-powered Ferris Wheel. The Ferris Wheel’s 174,00 energy-efficient LED lights create a 85-foot high computer-generated light show for the enjoyment of nighttime beach-goers. (santamonica.com/what-to-do/pacific-park)
Louisiana’s Northshore: Pearl—River Swamp Tours: Explore the Honey Island Swamp with guides who reveal facts about magnificent flora, fauna, and wild life while navigating the swamp waters. Passionate and dedicated to educating visitors about the ecosystem and its preservation. (Pearlriverecotours.com)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: With more than 100 parks, squares and recreation sites across Philadelphia, enjoying the outdoors is a walk in the park. Go for a stroll, run, or bike ride on the Schuykill River Trail—named one of the nation’s best river walks by USA Today. Explore the 2,000-plus green acres of Fairmount Park, one of the largest urban park systems in the country, kick back at a seasonal pop-up park or beer garden. (discoverphl.com/things-to-do/outdoors)
Bellingham, Washington—In Bellingham’s Squalicum Harbor, the boats bob effortlessly on the waves and Still Life Massage and Float invites you to find the ultimate water relaxation. Escape gravity in a flotation tank at this wellness clinic. Recline in body temperature water with 1,200 pounds of Epson salt to de-stress and be still. (stilllifemassage.com/float-therapy)
TRADE TALK & Travel Industry Buzz
● From Dezan Shira & Associates, we have their latest China Briefing, which is a nearly 3,000-word article on the latest travel trends in China. In the current issue, there is a focus on a number of topics. Two of those included are: “Family Traveling at its Peak,” and “Expect a Wave of Outbound Travel.” Click here to access to the full article. The company has offices in China, ASEAN, and India as well as Europe and North America.
Family Traveling at its Peak: Chinese travelers are instead opting for different plans based on needs and preferences, giving rise to more family vacations, healthcare tours, and research trips. In particular, “parent-child tourism” has gained momentum throughout 2021 and 2022, along with the steady revival of the national tourism industry.
Expect a Wave of Outbound Travel: Also, according to recent forecasts, a ‘strong wave’ of outbound travel from China will start up again in 2023, returning to its pre-pandemic levels by 2024. Such predictions are backed by plans announced by the country’s aviation regulator, which has issued a five-year development plan, with a strong focus on expanding domestic flights and restoring international air travel by 2025
● No surprise, the expectations for three major Asian markets for the rest of this year are nil. From CAPA (Centre for Aviation), comes this item: “While the region had initial been expected to be one of the fastest to recover during 2021, the combination of disparate national responses to COVID-19, long border closures and other restrictions, and the imposition of burdensome travel requirements, have meant that international tourism in the Asia Pacific has remained at a near standstill.” The region’s three largest outbound travel markets—China, Japan and South Korea—have been among the slowest major markets to recover. Read the complete article here.
● United States is the top international destination among Mexican travelers, followed by Canada and Spain. New York and Miami also appear independently in fourth and fifth place alongside France. Commenting on these findings, the trade journal TravelPulse said that this U.S. travel trend demonstrates a gradual recovery of consumer confidence towards the possibility of traveling in the short term, without the risk of COVID-19. Among the reasons that motivated such trips were: the perception that the opportunity of the trip would not be repeated; escape the confinement during the pandemic, visits to relatives; and the replacement of international travels instead of nationals.
Fifty-two percent of those who traveled from the beginning of the pandemic outbreak until November 2020 hired a traditional travel agency, while the remaining 48 percent preferred online digital platforms.
These data are part of an analysis entitled “Perceptions and attitudes of Mexican travelers in post-Covid-19 times” by Dr. Francisco Madrid Flores, general director of the Center for Research and Tourism Competitiveness of Anahuac University (CICOTUR). The findings are based on a questionnaire applied to 1,355 people—between November and December 2020, with the second phase taking place in May 2021—by students from the Anahuac University and representatives of CICOTUR. Click here to read the complete article.
●Ahem. There is Room for Groups at These National Parks. Most bus drivers who take care of series that regularly visit America’s national parks can probably tell you which parks are the most visited. But what about the least visited? As you go through the list of the Bottom 15 of U.S. national parks, you might wonder why about half (7) of them are in Alaska. Anyhow, here is the bottom of the list(s).
|U.S. National Park||Number of Leisure Visits (2021)|
|1. Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Alaska||7,362|
|2. National Park of American Samoa||8,495|
|3. Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska||11,540|
|4. North Cascades National Park, Washington||7,855|
|5. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska||18,278|
|6. Katmai National Park & Preserve, Alaska||24,764|
|7. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan||25,844|
|8. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, Alaska||50,189|
|9. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida||83,817|
|10. Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Alaska||89,768|
|11. Great Basin National Park, Nevada||114,875|
|12. Congaree National Park, South Carolina||215,181|
|13. Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska||229,521|
|14. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota||243,042|
|15. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas||243,291|
Read the article that goes with this table here.
● Apparently, Brits are Not Fond of Travel’s Service Quality. FM Outsource, a customer care outsourcer which is based in Bury in the Greater Manchester area, have discovered that British consumers are apparently not enamored with the service component of the travel product. It asked 1,000 people about performance of 10 business sectors, including travel, banking, insurance, hospitality and fashion retail, when it comes to customer service. Those interviewed were asked to rate each sector, taking into account the experiences of people they know and those they’ve read about online as well as their own.
FM Outsource found that the travel sector was one of the most likely to be rated poor or extremely poor (29 percent vs. an average of 20 percent). The travel sector came second lowest to the utilities sector (at 32 percent). And when respondents were also asked to rate the quality of customer service delivery from good to poor based on their experience, the travel sector was again one of the most likely to be rated poor or extremely poor (21 percent vs. an average of 17 percent). Read here for the complete Travel Weekly (UK) on this subject.
● Welcome to a New Experience—Astronaut School: Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. says it has secured land to move forward with a new astronaut campus and training facility in New Mexico, near the company’s commercial operations headquarters. The land, located in Sierra County, will be home to a new, first of its kind astronaut campus, for exclusive use by Virgin Galactic Future Astronauts and up to three of their guests in advance of a spaceflight from Spaceport America. The master plan for the campus will include training facilities, purposeful accommodations, and tailored experiences as well as an observatory, wellness center, recreation activities, and unique dining options. Situated near Spaceport America, the campus will sit atop a mesa overlooking the New Mexico landscape. Click here to access the complete news release on the above.
● MMGY Global’s Path of Growth Continues: As it continues its path forward as a leading global travel and hospitality marketing firm, Kansas City-based MMGY Global has announced three changes to its global leadership team. Effective Jan. 1, 2023, industry veteran and current CEO Clayton Reid will be named executive chairman, while current president Katie Briscoe and chief operating officer Craig Compagnone will move up to the roles of CEO and president and COO, respectively. The company now has $250 million in annual billings worldwide. MMGY Global employs more than 400 team members in 13 offices worldwide. It is privately owned by Peninsula Capital Partners, members of the management team and individual investors including Reid, Don Montague and Peter Yesawich. Click here for one of the many articles found in the business sections of major news sites.
HODGE PODGE: Appointments, Opening and Changes
Robin Sammartino has joined Teamamerica as contracting manager, Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii. Previously, she was contracting manager, Northeast USA for WORLD2MEET. She has also served as contracts manager for WebBeds Europe.
Well known in the USA’s National Capital Region, Roxana Rivera has been named sales manager at the Arlington (Va.) Convention and Visitors Service (Stay/Arlington). Previously, Rivera served in senior sales roles for more than a dozen years at the Newseum, the Washington, D.C. attraction that was dedicated to explaining and supporting the role and responsibilities of a free press.
Nick Hughes, currently sales director, tour operations for dnata B2B, across the Gold Medal (and previously) Travel 2 brands, has joined Princess Cruises. He will begin his new role on October 17, and replaces Rachel Poultney, who announced last month she was leaving the line to enter the world of public relations.
Mark Topley says that he has “signed” with the New York Yankees! He has taken over the position of senior manager of strategic ticket sales & tourism for what is arguably the most famous sports attraction/team in the U.S. Previously, Copley promoted live entertainment experiences, including a tenure as manager, group & corporate sales at the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group.
Carsten Burgmann, a veteran of more than 20 years in tourism sales and marketing, is taking over as director at Neckermenn Reisen—the Anex Group brand—replacing Michael Nickel, who had spent less than a year on the job. “We are pleased to have already found a successful expert who is very familiar to us, who now takes over the Neckermann team and brand marketing in a permanent position,” said Murat Kizilsac, head of Anex Group Germany. Burgmann has more than 25 years of experience in the tourism industry, having served as commercial director at Anex Tour itself, director of sales and marketing at ETI and director of Sales at L’tur.
Barrhead Travel, one of the largest independent travel groups in the UK, with more than 900 employees and more than 60 locations across the county, has appointed a new regional sales manager for Scotland—Matt Hands. He started his new job August 8th. Hands has more than two decades experience working in retail travel and more than 10 years as a store manager with Barrhead.
Derek Jones, CEO of the upscale British tour operator Kuoni for the past 14 years, is leaving parent company DER Touristik. In a statement to staff Jones thanked the team for their dedication and resilience and said the UK Group was now well placed to recover strongly in the months and years ahead.
Dave Duncan was recently named chief sales officer at Explore St. Louis. He joins the organization from his post as director of sales and marketing at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown. Previously, Duncan had served in senior sales and management positions in the hotel industry in San Antonio, St. Louis and Orlando.
Dirk Janzen is taking over the position of vice president sales, The Americas, Lufthansa Group Airlines, responsible for global market strategy, joint ventures, as well as passenger sales across North and South America. He succeeds Frank Naeve, who was in charge of The Americas region for the last three years until his recent appointment as senior vice president global markets & stations for the Lufthansa Group. Janzen, who has been a part of Lufthansa for more than two decades, will be relocating to New York from Brussels.
Delta Air Lines has appointed Alex Antilla as vice president, Latin America. Based in Santiago, Chile, he will oversee Delta’s business and customer experience strategy throughout Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, as well as the airline’s partnerships with the LATAM Group (Delta and LATAM Joint Venture pending U.S. Department of Transportation approval. Delta and LATAM Joint Venture pending U.S. Department of Transportation approval) and Aeromexico.
Antilla has worked with Delta for 16 years in the trans-Pacific, trans-Atlantic and Latin American regions, and in this new role he will focus exclusively on Latin America. Before this new position, he served as managing director, Latin America pricing and revenue management. He has been based in Minneapolis, Tokyo, Atlanta and Amsterdam during his career with Delta.
Lorne Edwards has started a new position at Visit Phoenix. He is now chief sales officer. Previously, he was senior vice president of sales and services. Edwards has been with the DMO for more than ten years. Prior to that, he was a senior sales executive for Hyatt Hotels.
Uniq Brown has been named as associate guest experience at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt in Manhattan, New York City. Brown began working for the attraction more than a year ago as a guess experience ambassador.
Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) reports that Steve Solomon, vice president of global customers and data products, has been promoted to chief commercial officer, a new executive role at ARC. Solomon will help lead ARC’s long-term business strategy and commercial capabilities while serving as a key advisor and business partner to the ARC executive team. Prior to ARC, Solomon held senior roles at Kastle Systems, Fannie Mae and MicroStrategy, with diverse experience across strategy, sales, marketing and customer engagement. He began his career with Citigroup’s Global Institutional Bank and spent a number of years as a managing consultant with Willis Towers Watson.
Louisa Gomez has been appointed partner success specialist at Hoteltrader. She joins the company from Hotelbeds, where she worked for more than four years as an area yield manager. Prior to that, she served for nearly 13 years at Tourico Holidays as a product support manager.
Choose Chicago has appointed a new director of corporate communications—Isaac Reichman, who joins the organization with considerable experience in the field of public information. His resumé also includes experience as a fellow in the City of Chicago’s Office of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The San Francisco Travel Association has strengthened its marketing division with the appointment of Aaron Danzig to the team as manager of digital and social media marketing. Danzig comes to the organization from Hilton Hotels & Resorts where he worked for more than seven years.
Darragh Flood has been appointed manager, contracting, for the Globus family of brands. He joins the company from Hotelbeds. Previously, he held senior management positions at G2 Travel, Destination America (The Travel Corporation), and AmericanTours International.
From SearchWide Global:
—Visit Seattle is searching for a senior vice president of engagement & public affairs. More details here.
—A luxury hospitality global group sales organization is looking for a director of sales, Northeast. More details here.
—Destinations International has an opening for a senior director of Human Resources & Culture. More details here.
—The Explore Ashville Convention and Visitors Bureau is recruiting for a new vice president of business development. More details here.
—The Springfield (MO) Convention & Visitors Bureau is searching for a president and CEO. More details here.
—Explore Sisters (Sisters, Oregon) is looking for an executive director. More details here.
—Experience Scottsdale has an opening for a national sales manager. More details here.
—Brand USA, the USA’s destination marketing organization, is recruiting for a senior vice president of integrated marketing. More details here.
—The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence has an opening for a new executive director. More details here.
—Explore Butte County in California is looking for an executive director. More details here.
—The City of Vacaville, California is searching for an executive director for its Downtown Vacaville. More details here.
—Visit Williamsburg has an opening for a chief marketing officer. More details here.
—Visit Walla Walla (“Where wine, culture and the beauty of the outdoors meet”) is searching for an executive director. More details here.
—The Fredericksburg (Texas) Convention and Visitors Bureau is recruiting for a new president and CEO. More details here.
—Visit Dallas has an opening for a director of the Film & Creative Industries Office. More details here.
—The Pacific County Tourism Bureau, which serves the Washington coast and Long Beach Peninsula and Pacific County, is looking for an executive director. More details here.
—Visit Vancouver WA is searching for a director of group sales. More details here.
—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.
—Discover Santa Clara™ is searching for a chief executive officer. More details here.
—Santa Monica Travel & Tourism has an opening for a new director of communications. More details here.
—The Muncie Visitors Bureau is looking for an executive director. More details here.
—Visit Greenville SC is searching for a president and CEO. More details here.
—Visit Wichita is searching for a new vice president of sales. 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.
—G Adventures, the small group adventure tour operator, has an opening for a tour leader (CEO) in Hawaii. More details here.
—The Royal Caribbean Group is looking for an on-site copywriter, digital content. More details here.
—The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida, has an opening for a communications and public relations representative. More details here.
—Epsilon is searching for a vice president, sales (travel and tourism, remote). More details here.
—MGM Resorts International has posted a job for the position of public relations manager (hybrid) in Las Vegas. More details here.
—Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corporation is looking for a senior director, communications. Job is based in Burbank and reports to the senior vice president, marketing & communications. More details here.
—Santa Monica Travel & Tourism has an opening for a communications manager. More details here.
— Icon Park, the entertainment complex on International Drive in Orlando, has an opening for a director of trade sales. More details here.
—There is an opening for a senior manager of social media currently available at Visit Florida. More details here.