A weekly roundup of the latest personnel moves in New Zealand’s dynamic tourism industry. If you have a new hire or a promotion or a change of role that you are happy to share, please do let us know at email@example.com and we’ll include it in our next On the Job email update.
Thursday, 14 December
Former Tourism New Zealand country manager Kiran Nambiar is joining Destination Queenstown as its new business development director. Nambiar is relocating from Canada to take up the newly created role.
Lisa Nilsen joins The Headwaters team as Director of Marketing & Communications. She is the former brand and marketing manager for regional tourism organisation Destination Queenstown.
Destination Fiordland has appointed Sharon Salmons to the role of Regional Tourism Manager. Salmons from her current visitor experience position with industry training organisation ServiceIQ.
Tony Soden has been appointed National Sales and Customer Relations Manager for Club Med Australia & New Zealand. He joins from Royal Caribbean International where he has been since 2009.
Ash Palmer has been appointed the Marketing Manager for Wairakei Resort and Chateau Tongariro. Palmer was Destination Rotorua’s communications and PR manager for the past three years.
Keshleen Wilde (nee Burnett) has recently joined the New Zealand Maritime Museum as the Tourism and Trade Account Manager. She was previously at Tourism Holdings Limited.
Ellita Thomas has been appointed Sales and Marketing Assistant for VisitorPoint. Thomas has returned from a stint abroad but previously worked as wedding and event’s assistant at Wanaka’s Edgewater.
Stacey Scott has also joined VisitorPoint as National Outlet Manager based in Christchurch. She moved from InterCity Group where she worked for almost five years most recently as a Sales Executive.
Thursday, 7 December
Featured Appointment: Anne Newman
Marketer Anne Newman has taken the helm of the Christchurch Adventure Park, which re-opened this week after the Port Hills fire saw it closed for 10 months.
After seven years with Tourism New Zealand, four of them as GM Australia, Tony Saunders is leaving the agency. Saunders joined TNZ as Regional Marketing Communications Manager in Australia in 2012.
Cardrona Alpine Resort’s GM Bridget Legnavsky has been elected chair of the Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce. Legnavsky has been on the Ignite board since 2013, including serving a year as deputy chair.
Aspen Hotel Queenstown has appointed Mario Sandulescu to the newly created role of Executive Assistant Manager. He joins from InterContinental Hotel Wellington.
Mt Ruapehu’s long-serving general manager Steve McGill is leaving the role. McGill headed to Mt Ruapehu for a ski season 36 years ago – a trip that turned into a lifelong career on the mountain.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley has appointed David Blackmore its new general manager. Blackmore joins from Skyline Rotorua where he was sales and marketing manager for more than eight years.
Explore Group has appointed Anna Porter its Marketing Communications Specialist. Porter joins Explore Group from telecommunications company 2degrees Mobile Ltd.
Weta Workshop has appointed Alex Karantze its new Store Manager for the Weta Cave at Wellington. Karantze comes from a customer service background established at Wellington Zoo.
Thursday, 30 November
Featured Appointment: Karen Crabb Q&A with Rainbow’s End CEO-designate, Karen Crabb, the current retail director of beverage company Lion, who begins her new role at the Auckland attraction in February.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has appointed Mark Gordon the Manager of Sector Trends. He was acting manager. Sector Trends is responsible for MBIE’s tourism data and insight.
Tourism Bay of Plenty’s Consumer Marketing Manager Abby Parkin is leaving the role to go travelling. Parkin has been instrumental in many major achievements and milestones and will be missed, said TBOP.
TBOP has appointed Angie Beardsmore its new Consumer Marketing Manager on a fixed-term contract beginning December 4. Beardsmore joins from the Nelson Regional Development Agency.
Whale Watch Kaikoura has appointed Elton Zhang its Territory Manager – Greater China region & SE Asia. He has previously worked at Earth & Sky in Tekapo overseeing its China market and tour operations.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa has appointed Brooke Tomoana its IT Specialist. Tomoana has worked in a number of industries predominantly in management and information systems-based roles.
Trina Edwards has joined Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s as an Events & Marketing Specialist focusing on TRENZ Buyers. She recently returned from London where she worked on events in the education sector.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa has appointed Katrina Nicolto the newly-created role of Events & Marketing Coordinator, which will support TIA’s Events team.
Thursday, 23 November
SkyCity Entertainment Group is ending its chief innovation officer role with Sonya Crosby to leave the position in January. Crosby has agreed to assist the company in an advisory capacity until April.
SkyCity Entertainment Group has appointed Liza McNally to the newly created role of chief marketing officer. McNally is currently CMO for NZME but will begin her role at SkyCity on 22 January 2018.
Hassle-free Tours has appointed Angela Wang to the position of Greater China Sales Manager. She joins from Whale Watch Kaikoura where she was Greater China / SE Asia Territory Manager.
Auckland Airport has appointed Regenerate Christchurch chair and Arts Centre chief executive, André Lovatt, its new general manager of airport development and delivery.
Heather Collins has been appointed manager at Pacific Travel, Christchurch. She has previously worked at Naturally New Zealand Holidays and Kirra Tours in Christchurch.
STAAH has appointed Romeo Liebig to its Sales Support and On-boarding team in Auckland. Liebig has over 14 years experience working in the hotel industry in New Zealand.
Thursday, 16 November
Featured Appointment: Ngāi Tahu Tourism appoints new GM Experience Operations Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Emma Gardiner its new general manager of Experience Operations.
Skyline Enterprises has appointed Tracy Cui its new China/Asia Sales Manager for the Skyline Group. She will join from Ngāi Tahu Tourism where she is the North Asia Sales Manager.
Bluebridge has appointed tourism and sales specialist Adam Taylor-Eruera its new Sales Manager for the New Zealand and international markets. He joins from Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Sofitel Wellington has appointed Melissa Shaw its new general manager. Originally from Australia, Shaw’s hotel career spans 20 years, including major international stints in China and Thailand.
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has appointed Manish Panchal its Food & Beverage Manager He was previously Restaurant & Bar Manager, having worked at the hotel for the past nine years.
Naomi Oh has been promoted to Assistant Restaurant & Bar Manager at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, overseeing the day-to-day operations at the 17th floor Whitby’s Restaurant & Bar.
Thursday, 9 November
Stuart Turner, who has been responsible for delivering some of Scotland’s largest events, is leaving his role as Head of EventScotland to join ATEED as its new Head of Major Events.
The former CEO of the Tourism Export Council and candidate for The Opportunities Party, Lesley Immink, is now an independent consultant at TOP Solutions – Tourism Professional Solutions.
Mischa Mannix-Opie has been appointed as Group Head of Marketing and Communications for Bluebridge, Strait Shipping, Freight Lines and Streamline Freight. She joins from Air New Zealand.
Jason Hill, the former head of tourism at Auckland Tourism, Events, and Economic Development (ATEED), has launched Meneth Consulting, which specialises in tourism marketing, strategy, and governance.
Christina Domecq has left her directorship at Tourism Holdings Limited after joining the board in February 2014. The company will make a decision in the New Year regarding a replacement.
Thursday, 2 November
Deborah Gray, Tourism New Zealand’s general manager of Corporate Affairs, is leaving her role. She joined Tourism NZ as Communications Manager and has been in her current position the past three years.
Carmen White has been appointed Director of Sales at Real Journeys. She joins from leading the national Sales and Marketing team for Humes concrete products and Oasis Clearwater Environmental Systems.
Real Journeys has appointed Hannah Ballantyne its new Chief Financial Officer. Ballantyne has been promoted internally from Senior Finance Manager and now leads a team of thirty.
Brenden Winder has been appointed Group Environmental Health & Safety Manager at Real Journeys. Winder joins from leading Christchurch’s Port Hills Residential Red Zone demolition programme.
Garrick Loft has been appointed as Senior Sales Manager – New Zealand for the NZ International Convention Centre. He was previously Head of Partnerships at APX Travel Management.
The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust has appointed Laura Willamson the new GM of Wanaka’s Festival of Colour. The Canadian poet, journalist and author is a former festival performer.
Joel Goold is the new business development manager responsible for meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) at Scenic Hotel Group. He was previously with cruise operator Holland America Lines.
Grand Chancellor Hotels has also appointed Michelle Fajardo its Internal Auditor for the group. The Chartered Accountant will report directly to the company chairperson based in Singapore.
Jessica Taylor has been appointed Senior Marketing & Communications Executive at Grand Chancellor Hotels. She began her career with Grand Chancellor Hotels as Marketing & Loyalty Assistant in 2014.
Grand Chancellor Hotels has appointed Rachel Bagleyits new Loyalty Co-ordinator. She commenced the role in September, having recently completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Canterbury University.
Thursday, 26 October
Steffan Panoho has been appointed head of tourism at Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED). He moves from his current ATEED position as Manager Trade Partnerships (Tourism).
Alicia Harris is joining Weta Studio Tours as Tour Manager on 6 November. She is currently partnerships manager at Te Papa having held the same role at Wellington Zoo previously.
Queenstown Airport has appointed Olivia Pierre General Manager, Commercial and Customer Experience. She was previously at Hawkes Bay Airport with broad responsibility for commercial and operations activities.
Queenstown Airport has also appointed Rachel Tregidga to the new role of GM, Property and Planning with responsibility for property and planning issues at Queenstown and Wanaka airports. She was formerly GM, Property.
Shelley Eastwood from Heritage Hotel Management has joined Conventions & Incentives New Zealand’s Platinum board, while Millennium Hotels & Resorts NZ’s Alison Smith has been re-elected.
Dunedin Convention Bureau’s Bree Jones has joined Conventions & Incentives New Zealand’s Gold board members and replaces Business Events Wellington’s Jessica Beyeler.
Julia Hoare has been elected to Auckland Airport’s board as an independent non-executive director. Justine Smyth and James Miller were re-elected to the board
Tourism Export Council New Zealand chair Anna Black, SkyCity chief executive Graeme Stephens and Whale Watch Kaikoura general manager Kauahi Ngapora have been appointed to Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s Board.
Wellington Airport CEO Steve Sanderson, Air NZ Head of Government and Industry Affairs Duncan Small, and AccorHotels Vice President NZ, Fiji and French Polynesia Gillian Millar, were elected to the TIA board in September.
Rob Campbell, the current chairman of Tourism Holdings Limited and Summerset Group Holdings, has been elected chairman of SkyCity. Jennifer Owen and Murray Jordan were also elected to the board.
Thursday, 19 October
Kevin Gough has joined Qualmark as a tourism business advisor, specialising in accommodation. Christchurch-based Gough has previously been a GM at Best Western, Golden Chain Motels and TOP 10 Holiday Parks.
Hassle-free Tours has appointed Jimmy Wales its new Auckland Operations Manager. Wales has previously worked as a driver/guide at Kiwi Experience and as a skydiving videographer.
Kylie Phillips has also joined Hassle-free Tours as its new Retail Account Manager based in Auckland. Philips was previously the Sales Executive at InterCity New Zealand.
Rotorua Canopy Tours has appointed Paul Button its new general manager. He recently moved back to New Zealand from Canada where he worked for a multi-activity adventure tourism company.
Touch of Spice in Queenstown has appointed Emma Allen its Marketing Director. Allen joins from Saatchi & Saatchi in Auckland where she was Senior Account Director.
Miklos Csuhaj has joined STAAH Limited as team leader of NZ Partner Services. Csuhaj is from Budapest, Hungary and has 15+ years experience in the hospitality industry, including 11 years at TravelPort.
Former TIA chief Glenys Coughlan and Todd Property Group’s Evan Davies have been appointed to the board of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd. The duo replace Norm Thompson and Franceska Banga.
Tourism Holdings’ shareholders have elected Catherine Quinn to the company’s board and re-elected directors Gráinne Troute and Graeme Wong. Christina Domecq leaves the board at the end of the year.
Jan Tonkin, managing director of The Conference Company, is one of 10 global appointments to ATEED’s new Auckland International Business Events Advisory Group. The group is chaired by Vancouver-based Barbara Maple.
Thursday, 12 October
Queenstown adventure tourism company Go Orange has appointed Luke Taylor its new GM. He joins from Magic Memories in Australia and is a former Real Journeys operations manager.
Hamilton & Waikato Tourism has appointed Jody McGinity as Business Events Coordinator. She has previously worked at MBIE in tenancy support and at Ohaupo’s Windy Ridge Function Centre as wedding and events coordinator.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts has appointed Sara MacLeod director of sales for New Zealand. She joins from Mantra Group where she was employed for 13 years, most recently as director of sales.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has appointed Lauren Newbery its Marketing and Events Coordinator. She was previously Events Coordinator at the New Zealand Planning Institute.
Andra Matoi has joined The AOT Group as a FIT Reservations Consultant. Prior to starting with the inbound tour operator Matoi was studying at AUT where she graduated with a degree in International Tourism Management.
Melissa Cullen has joined tourism marketing company ReserveGroup as a Marketing Associate. Melissa brings with her extensive agency experience in New York and London.
Outgoing Meridian CEO Mark Binns is to join Auckland Airport’s board on 1 April 2018. Shareholders will be asked to approve his appointment at the operator’s 2018 Annual General Meeting.
Te Puia’s Mary Tolley is the new chair of BYATA with Haka Tourism Group’s Ryan Sanders vice chair and Chris Barton of Westpac, treasurer. Andrew Annable of Wild Kiwi and Simon Cartwright of YHA join the board.
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has extended the contract of CEO Dr. Mario Hardy for three years from January 1, 2018. He joined PATA in 2012 as COO and was appointed CEO on November 1, 2014.
Sydney Aiport has appointed Geoff Culbert its new CEO. He will start in January 2018. He is currently president and CEO of General Electric Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Thursday, 5 October
Danielle McKenzie is acting manager of Tourism Policy at MBIE until the 13th October. After that, Robyn Henderson will be acting manager of Tourism Policy until further notice.
Christchurch Adventure Park has appointed Mike Chapman as a graphic designer and digital marketer. Chapman previously worked as a sales and marketing specialist for surf brand Body Glove.
IHG NZ has appointed Kelly Eichholtz to Area Director of Sales and Marketing NZ. She joins the Auckland team from her previous role as Director of Sales and Marketing at InterContinental Wellington.
Paula Buchanan has started as Business Development Manager at Highlands Motorsport Park to spearhead a drive into the MICE market. She was previously Sales and Events Manager at The Events Group in Auckland.
John Schuitemaker has joined tourism business management software firm, Ibis Technology, as Business Development Manager. He was an associate at The Headwaters, Glenorchy.
Judy Chen his week started her new role as chief executive of Tourism Export Council after finishing her role as Director of Sales and Marketing with the Hotel Grand Chancellor group.
Jennifer Harper has been appointed general manager of the Heritage Collection Lake Resort, Cromwell. She was previously at the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Pauanui, before travelling on her OE.
Legal and financial specialist Prue Flacks is to replace John Gilks as chair of Queenstown Airport Corporation. Adrienne Young-Cooper is to join as director following James Hadley’s departure.
Tourism Holdings is seeking to elect to its board Catherine Quinn and re-elect directors Graeme Wong and Gráinne Troute at its AGM on 18 October. Christina Domecq leaves the board at the end of the year.
Auckland Airport has nominated Julia Hoare to stand for election as an independent non-executive director at its 2017 AGM on 26 October.
Thursday, 28 September
Sarah Bramhall has joined Enterprise Dunedin as PR and Promotions Advisor. She was most recently at Christchurch Symphony Trust.
Andy Murray is the new Sales & Marketing Manager at Tekapo Springs. His joins from BreakFree on Cashel (Mantra Group).
Amy Menard is the Online Media & Marketing Specialist at Tekapo Springs. She was the Mackenzie Region Marketing Executive with ChristchurchNZ.
At ServiceIQ, Clare Savage is moving over to manage Travel & Tourism, with Suzi Nock shifting across to Quick Service Restaurants at the organisation.
Andrew Milne was previously Training Advisor Taupo and moves to moves to Sector Advisor Travel & Tourism at ServiceIQ.
Mike Southcombe’s departure to House of Travel sees Elaine Kellett coming in as a Sector Advisor after being in the ServiceIQ customer experience team.
ServiceIQ’s Tom Parsons has shifted into a new role as the organisation’s Maori Engagement Advisor.
Tourism Holdings is seeking to elect Catherine Quinn to its board and re-elect directors Graeme Wong and Gráinne Troute at its AGM on October 18.
Simon and Katie Jolly are taking over Chris Jolly Outdoors on October 1 following the retirement of Sue Jolly.
Thursday, 21 September
Lindsey Schofield is leaving her role as general manager of the Festival of Colour. She is joining Wanaka-based AV company, Entertainment Solutions.
Air NZ has promoted Nick Judd to be its Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer. He takes over from Stephen Jones who is joining Wizz Air.
Kelcey Radford has joined Rippon Vineyard as its new Events Manager. She was previously marketing manager at Touch of Spice.
General Travel has appointed Annette Nicholls to be Product and Contracting Manager. She joins from ATS Pacific where she was GM Product NZ.
Sarah Croskery has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing for Hotel Grand Chancellor. She takes over from Judy Chen, the new TEC CEO.
MBIE’s Tourism Policy Manager Kate West is leaving to become the Director Policy Services at Internal Affairs. She has been in the role since 2015.
Ziptrek Ecotours has appointed Joe Di-Gesse as its first social media and digital guru. He has been working as a marketing executive for the company.
Liz McNeill has joined Tourism Bay of Plenty as Visitor Services Manager. She was Trade Development Manager for Whyalla City Council in Australia.
ChristchurchNZ has appointed Nicki Press its Trade Marketing Coordinator. She was at the Christchurch Convention Bureau before heading off on her OE.
Air NZ has promoted Jeff McDowall to CFO. He takes over from Rob McDonald, who leaves take up non-executive board appointments next year.
Emily Hookham has joined Tourism NZ as a Senior Communications Advisor in the Wellington-based Corporate Affairs team. She joins from Stats NZ.
Hamilton & Waikato Tourism has appointed Sandy Hickey Marketing Manager while Rebecca Evans is on maternity. Hickey has worked for LIC and NZ Post.
ID New Zealand has appointed Emma Bell its Business Development Manager and she will lead its Bespoke Journeys team.
Thursday, 14 September
Destination Fiordland Tourism Manager Philippa Murrell leaves her role on 29 September. She will focus on the B&B business she operates in Manapouri
Adam Reinsfield joins Transport World from the Mystery Creek Events Centre. He will manage Transport World’s Events Team and Conference Facilities.
Holly Bowen is joining Tourism NZ’s Wellington office as Trade Development Specialist. She joins from Taupo Tandem Skydiving.
Dan Cheshire has recently joined the Auckland Airport as the Manager Aeronautical Commercial Analytics. He joins from Air New Zealand.
Auckland Airport has appointed Jordan Tan responsible for cargo and South-East Asia passenger route development. He was with Changi Airport Group.
Destination Queenstown has appointed Rae Baker Queenstown Winter Festival Director. She is Tauranga City Council’s Event Delivery Manager.
Emma Bauer has joined Weta Workshop’s Tourism department as the Marketing and Sales Coordinator to help increase visitors to Weta Studio Tours.
Michelle Caldwell has been appointed GM Sales & Marketing at Ruapehu Alpine Lifts. She was previously contracting to them via her firm Destinate NZ.
Jean-Pierre Chevalier has been appointed GM Turoa Ski area. He was a member of PSIA National Education Team – the pinnacle of US ski instructing.
The editor of The Press, Joanna Norris, has been appointed CEO of ChristchurchNZ. She begins in October.
Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Wayne Paton Business Manager at Shotover Jet. He has been interim Business Manager for the past nine months.
The Audi quattro Winter Games CEO Arthur Klap is standing down at the end of the year because of health issues.
Eight new team members this week joined recently-appointed Dig This Invercargill manager Lex Chisolm. The attraction opens on October 2.
Jason Menard has been appointed Mackenzie Digital Marketing Executive. He joins from Alps 2 Ocean where he was Marketing and Sales Officer.
Destination Queenstown has appointed Louise Clark to Convention Bureau Sales and Marketing Manager. She was the International Markets Manager.
Destination Queenstown has appointed Sarah Norton to the Market Manager – Western position.
Catlins Coast Inc recently appointed Lisa Biginato as Project Coordinator.