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NZICC announces sales managers

Monday, 18 September 2017 21:43

The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) has appointed two sales managers - Brooke Campbell from Melbourne and Kenneth Pereira from Wellington, to join the team.

New at EHS

Monday, 11 September 2017 22:54

Kelly Hird is the new Christchurch based event coordinator with Exhibition Hire Services & Displayworks.

This is Hird’s first foray into the events industry. She previously had a product manager role in the building industry.

New face at Motion

Monday, 14 August 2017 22:48

Julia Manktelow is the new national brand and sales manager for Motion Entertainment.

Motion Entertainment is an entertainment mall with a conference centre and full entertainment offering all under one roof.

Manktelow has a four-year media career under her belt at Mediaworks New Zealand, and has run international music events eight years. She was formerly head of sales for Ninety Black.

US-based DMC Insider Experience lands in NZ

Monday, 07 August 2017 22:45

 

The New Zealand market will gain real time access to United States destination management services as US DMC Insider Experience localises its account management team and opens a New Zealand office. Providing destination management services since 2012, Insider Experience delivers an extensive knowledge of key US cities they specialise in, being Hawaii, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

Sharma heads marketing

Thursday, 03 August 2017 04:29

Elena Sharma is marketing manager for Sofitel New Zealand. She was previously marketing executive for Sofitel and marketing executive for United Travel before that. Sofitel’s growing portfolio in New Zealand includes Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa, Sofitel Wellington and soon SO Sofitel Auckland.

Barnes back to Millennium

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:20

Tania Barnes is business development manager for Millennium Hotels and Resorts New Zealand and global properties, based in Sydney.

AccorHotels welcomes new team member

Monday, 03 July 2017 04:33

AccorHotels New Zealand has appointed Kerrie Hannaford as its new director of sales & marketing, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia.

Based in Auckland, Hannaford will replace Sonya Rossiter who has recently relocated to AccorHotels Singapore office in a newly created role, joining the Accor Plus team.

Hannaford began her career in 2005 as director of sales & marketing at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. She then moved to Australia in the role of national director of sales, distribution & revenue management.

Karyn Spencer moving up at Vodafone Events Centre

Monday, 29 May 2017 23:49

Karyn Spencer has stepped into the role of chief operating officer at Vodafone Events Centre.

Richard Jeffery, CEO for the multi-faceted complex, says Spencer was promoted to the position because she was undoubtedly the best person for the job.

‘The structure of the organisation has grown with the addition of Vector Wero Whitewater Park and Sir Noel Robinson Conference Centre, and we needed continuity of operational culture,’ he says.

New face at Choice Hotels

Monday, 22 May 2017 23:38

Choice Hotels Asia Pacific has appointed a new general manager of Development - Sarah McCully.

Prior to taking up this role, McCully was the general manager of Star Ratings Australia, an internationally recognised accreditor of quality accommodation standards.

In her new role, she will be responsible for the growth and retention of the Choice Hotels portfolio across the Econo Lodge, Comfort, Quality, and Clarion brands and the Ascend Hotel Collection in Asia Pacific.

New Choice steps up

Friday, 19 May 2017 05:30

Choice Hotels Asia Pacific has appointed a new general manager of Development - Sarah McCully.

Prior to taking up this role, McCully was the general manager of Star Ratings Australia, an internationally recognised accreditor of quality accommodation standards.

In her new role, she will be responsible for the growth and retention of the Choice Hotels portfolio across the Econo Lodge, Comfort, Quality, and Clarion brands and the Ascend Hotel Collection in Asia Pacific.

McLarens lands new BDM

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 05:02

McLarens Landing Island Paradise in Queensland has a new business development manager - Tamsyn Moore.

Prior to taking up this new role she worked at Flight Centre’s Global Head Office for ten years in many roles.

One of her roles was land contracting, product management and supplier relationship departments.

PCO Association co-founder steps down

Monday, 01 May 2017 22:16

 Peter Sugg, who in 2006 co-founded the PCO Association with Rob Henshaw (retired in 2014), has stepped down from the executive.

‘It has been an interesting past decade, participation and support has never been stronger, so it's the right time to pass the baton on,’ says Sugg.

‘There were certainly some head winds when we started, however these eased with each passing year as support continued to grow.'

Destination Marlborough GM

Sunday, 09 April 2017 23:41

Industry veteran Jacqui Lloyd has joined the team at Destination Marlborough, stepping into the general manager role.

Lloyd has held several senior roles in the industry, including Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Auckland, Tourism Holdings Limited and most recently at the Adelaide Convention Bureau.

Destination Marlborough chair Nigel Gould says Lloyd’s in-depth knowledge of international visitor markets, the travel distribution channel, business event attraction and visitor industry stakeholders will be a great asset for Marlborough.

He says the trustees were very impressed with the widespread interest in the position, and the obvious experience available.  ‘This reaffirmed the respect that Marlborough has achieved as a region not only in gaining great momentum,  but one which is well recognised for the further potential that exists,’ he says.

Lloyd will officially start the new role on Tuesday 6 June.

 

 

New face at Grand Millennium

Thursday, 30 March 2017 22:40

Adam Mansour has returned to New Zealand to join the Grand Millennium Auckland team as the business development manager, Conference and Incentives.

He was recently based in Sydney as the BDM for Millennium Hotels and Resorts New Zealand and global properties. With a Bachelor of Business in Sales and Marketing he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Grand Millennium Auckland.

New face at Pullman AKL

Monday, 30 January 2017 19:38

Natalie Reid is the new director of sales and marketing at Pullman Auckland, effective 17 January 2017.
Reid has 16 years of experience working in hotels in Australia, London and Auckland, including eight years with Hilton Hotels & Resorts and most recently The Langham Auckland for the last four years as director of conference and events. 

 

 

Frankie’s 99 reasons

Monday, 16 January 2017 19:53

Frances (Frankie) Mahoney has launched 99 Reasons Events Management. Mahoney most recently contracted with Orange Productions as head of events, and prior to that was one of the Westpac Event Managers where she planned and executed seminars, golf tournaments, The Halberg Awards, conferences, gala dinners, business forums and ran for four years their high achievers incentive programme and awards.

She has had a varied background including a ole as the lounge manager for Air New Zealand and dabbling as a TV presenter showing hoteliers how important customer service is. However she is better known in the hospitality industry for having owned and operated her own bars for over 12 years.

Move to Millennium

Monday, 16 January 2017 19:48

Kylie Elliott has joined Millennium Hotel Queenstown as conference and incentives sales manager.  Born and breed in Brisbane, Elliott made the move to Queenstown 15 years ago and quickly established herself within the conference and events Industry. Having previously worked at Skyline Queenstown and most recently In2Food & The Winehouse, she has the ability to manage large scale events in various venues and has become a ‘specialist in all things Queenstown’.

Chak to EventSmart

Sunday, 15 January 2017 20:46

Kelvin Chak has joined the EventSmart team working as Admin and Warehouse Assistant. Chak was previously business development manager at Hotel Grande Auckland Airport and has a working history in the wholesale travel and hospitality industry.
 

Choice appointment

Monday, 19 December 2016 03:25
Frank Scerri has been appointed New Zealand development manager for Choice Hotels.
Previously he has held positions in retail travel, brand development, business development, and sales and marketing within the tourism industry.
Scerri’s experience in tourism, coupled with his property development and project marketing skills, provides Choice with well-rounded insight on how best to further build its portfolio of franchisees through existing properties and new developments.

Ruegger back to hotels

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 01:44

Claudio Ruegger has returned to the hotel industry after a three year break. He has joined the transformation project at Naumi Auckland Airport (currently trading as Hotel Grande). With over 10 years’ experience in the Auckland hotel market, Ruegger has been a part of key hotel changes including the Hyatt to Pullman and Westin to Sofitel rebrands. His key focus will be the corporate and conferencing markets.

Gentry to Explore

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 01:20

The Explore Group has appointed Bruce Gentry as sales manager – Explore. Gentry, who will start the position in late December, is currently The Travel Corporation’s general manager operations, where he leads the inbound business for AAT Kings, Contiki Holidays and Trafalgar. He has been with The Travel Corporation for 17 years working in various roles.

Moore to Millennium

Monday, 07 November 2016 21:53

Tony Moore has returned to Millennium Hotel Rotorua as sales manager, having previously worked in the industry for Hyatt Hotels, Kingsgate, AccorHotels and Trans Metro Melbourne. More recently Moore has been involved in the food service and liquor industry, as well as real estate and tourism. With an extensive background in sales, his key focus will be on business events and to build on the success of the region in this market.

Howlett to AKL Conventions

Friday, 28 October 2016 20:43

Tony Howlett has been appointed to the new role of associate director and head of operations at Auckland Conventions Venues and Events. Howlett has an extensive sales and marketing background with is most recent role being general manager sales and marketing at Heritage Hotels for nearly four years. Before that he was general manager at Heritage Hanmer Springs Hotel. Howlett ill work with the organisation’s events team around planning and delivery. The team currently hosts more than 800 events per year.

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