Monday, March 19, 2018
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New heads for Guided Walks, Dart River

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Adam Dooney its new head of Guided Walks New Zealand. 

Skyline Rotorua appoints sales and marketing manager

Playing a role in what makes Rotorua the tourism epicentre of the North Island is something Andrew Aitken has been passionate about for a long time.

Tourism West Coast appoints marketing manager

Samantha Beneke has been appointed the new marketing manager at Tourism West Coast.

Edgewater appoints new GM

Edgewater resort at Lake Wanaka has promoted its financial controller, Jon Brown, to the position of general manager.

Sudima boosts team with former ATEED marketing manager

Sudima Hotels and Resorts has appointed Dzin Alekzander as marketing and communications manager and Dipika Patel as digital marketing manager.

MBIE appoints tourism policy manager

Richard Davies has been appointed manager of tourism policy at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

7 months, 1000 applicants, $150,000+ salary, 1 hire – Forgotten World finally has a...

It took seven months, the lure of a $150,000 salary, and eventually some national media coverage which helped generate global attention, but Taumarunui's Forgotten World Adventures has finally got a general manager.

New Eastland Group chair announced

Keith Sutton has been appointed chairman of Eastland Group Limited, Eastland Network Limited, Eastland Port Limited and Gisborne Airport Limited.

The Lost Spring appoints new CEO

Luxury hot pools and spa attraction The Lost Spring has appointed Alanna Kline its new chief executive. 

KJet appoints international sales manager

Queenstown jet boat operator KJet is looking to expand in to the wholesale markets with the appointment of a new international sales manager.

Kelly resignation latest in Tourism NZ senior departures

Brighid Kelly has resigned from Tourism New Zealand adding to a number of senior departures over recent months.

Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson joins NTT board

Ngāi Tahu Tourism is pleased to announce the appointment of business founder and Reserve Bank of New Zealand Director, Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson, to its Board.

TNZ appoints new GM Corporate Affairs

Tourism New Zealand has appointed Rebecca Ingram to the role of GM Corporate Affairs, based in Wellington.

Long-serving manager to retire from Skyline Enterprises

One of Skyline Enterprises’ longest-serving senior managers, Rotorua-based Neville Nicholson, is retiring in April 2018 after 34 years with the company.

Mike Marcinkowski joins NZ Fine Touring Group

The New Zealand Fine Touring Group has appointed Mike Marcinkowski to the newly created role of Head of Marketing.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism announces scholarship winner

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Ashleigh Howell as its 2017 Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship recipient.

Skyline appoints new GM

Skyline Queenstown has appointed Wayne Rose its new general manager.

Air NZ’s Redington named on govt’s tax working group

Air New Zealand's Michelle Redington has been named part of the government's tax working group, which could make a recommendation on the proposed $25 border levy.

AJ Hackett Bungy NZ hires new Auckland manager

AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand has appointed Britt Gawith its new Auckland territory manager.

WREDA appoints new CEO

Lance Walker has been appointed the new chief executive of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, WREDA.

New marketing manager for Wairakei Resort and Chateau Tongariro

Marketing and communications professional Ash Palmer has been appointed the Marketing Manager for Wairakei Resort and Chateau Tongariro.

Destination Fiordland appoints new tourism manager

Destination Fiordland has appointed Sharon Salmons to the role of Regional Tourism Manager. 

Ex-Tourism NZ country manager to join DQ

Former Tourism New Zealand country manager Kiran Nambiar is joining Destination Queenstown as its new business development director.

Camp Glenorchy gears up for launch with team expansion

As Camp Glenorchy’s much-anticipated public launch in March 2018 nears, experienced local tourism marketer Lisa Nilsen joins The Headwaters team as Director of Marketing & Communications.

Tourism New Zealand’s GM Australia to depart

Tourism New Zealand's general manager Australia Tony Saunders is leaving the agency.

Christchurch Adventure Park appoints GM

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.

Mt Ruapehu’s long-serving GM to leave

Thirty-six years ago Steve McGill headed to Mt Ruapehu for a ski season - a trip that turned into a lifelong career on the mountain.

Cardrona GM voted chair of Ignite

The Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce has new leadership, with the election of Bridget Legnavsky as chair and Mike Toepfer as deputy at the board meeting yesterday.

Aspen Hotel fills newly created role

Aspen Hotel Queenstown has appointed Mario Sandulescu to the newly created role of Executive Assistant Manager.

Explore appoints marketing communications specialist

Explore Group are pleased to announce they have appointed Anna Porter as their Marketing Communications Specialist.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley appoints new GM

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is gearing up for growth with the appointment former Skyline Rotorua manager David Blackmore as general manager.

Rangatira appoints Rainbow’s End CEO

Rangatira Investments has named beverage company Lion's retail director, Karen Crabb, the new chief executive of Rainbow's End.

SkyCity to end chief innovation officer role

SkyCity Entertainment Group has ditched its Chief Innovation Officer role with current CIO Sonya Crosby to leave the position in January.

Auckland Airport hires Christchurch arts chief

Auckland Airport has appointed Regenerate Christchurch chair and Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt its new general manager of airport development and delivery.

SkyCity poaches NZME chief marketing officer

SkyCity Entertainment Group has appointed Liza McNally to the newly created role of chief marketing officer.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism appoints new GM Experience Operations

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Emma Gardiner its new general manager of Experience Operations.

Skyline Enterprises appoints China/Asia sales manager

Skyline Enterprises has appointed Tracy Cui its new China/Asia Sales Manager for the Skyline Group.

Bluebridge appoints new ferries sales manager

Tourism and sales specialist Adam Taylor-Eruera has been appointed as Bluebridge Sales Manager for New Zealand and International.

Sofitel Wellington appoints new GM

Melissa Shaw has joined Sofitel Wellington as General Manager, bringing decades of experience in the luxury accommodation industry.

ATEED lands top UK talent to lead major events

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) has scored a coup landing the current head of EventScotland to be its next major events leader. 

Tourism and travel specialist to lead transport group marketing

Mischa Mannix-Opie has been appointed as Group Head of Marketing and Communications for Bluebridge, Strait Shipping, Freight Lines and Streamline Freight.

Head of Corporate Affairs to leave Tourism New Zealand

Deborah Gray, Tourism New Zealand’s general manager of Corporate Affairs, is leaving after six years at the agency.

Real Journeys announces three key appointments

Appointments have been made for three key senior roles at Real Journeys. Carmen White will become the new Director of Sales, Hannah Ballantyne is now Chief Financial Officer and Brenden Winder will become the company’s first Group Environmental Health & Safety Manager.

Grand Chancellor Hotels expands NZ, Australia HQ

As Hospitality and Tourism continues to be a vital industry in Australasia, Grand Chancellor Hotels responds by growing their Australia and New Zealand Corporate Head Office team.

NZICC appoints Garrick Loft Senior Sales Manager – New Zealand

Garrick Loft has been appointed as Senior Sales Manager – New Zealand for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).

Jones appointed to CINZ board, Convention Bureau chair

Bree Jones, Business and Events Tourism Advisor at Enterprise Dunedin, has been appointed to the board of CINZ representing the gold level membership and was elected chair of the NZ Convention Bureau.

Stefan Panoho appointed head of tourism at ATEED

Steffan Panoho, an experienced tourism leader with an excellent track record of promoting Auckland and New Zealand in international markets, has been appointed Head of Tourism at ATEED.

TIA appoints TEC, SkyCity, Whale Watch heads to board

Three new Directors are joining the Board of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, to help steer the direction of New Zealand’s biggest export sector.

Queenstown Airport appoints new GM

Queenstown Airport has welcomed experienced aviation professional Olivia Pierre to the senior leadership team this week as General Manager, Commercial and Customer Experience.

New Young TEC executive elected

Casey Brunsdon from DGLT, Kate Baxter from Ngai Tahu Tourism, Kim Cormack from Tourism NZ, and Tash Lawrence from AJ Hackett Bungy have been elected to Young TEC's executive.

International group appointed to enhance business events growth

A group of world-leading experts and senior leaders in the business events sector have been enlisted to help further enhance Auckland’s reputation and presence in the international market place.

ATEED board appoints ex-TIA chief

Two highly experienced and respected business leaders – Glenys Coughlan and Evan Davies – have been appointed to the board of ATEED.

Go Orange appoints general manager

After an extensive search for the right candidate, adventure tourism company Go Orange welcomes former Real Journeys Queenstown operations manager Luke Taylor as its General Manager.  

Outgoing Meridian CEO to join Auckland Airport board

Auckland Airport has announced that Mark Binns will join its Board on 1 April 2018 and Auckland Airport shareholders will be asked to approve his appointment.

CINZ appoints new Marketing and Events Co-ordinator

Lauren Newbery has been appointed Marketing and Events Coordinator for Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) based in Auckland.

IDNZ gears up for record cruise season with new appointments

IDNZ Destination Management has hired two key account managers as it prepares for the busiest summer yet for New Zealand's booming cruise sector. 

IHG appoints NZ sales and marketing director

IHG New Zealand has welcomed internationally-experienced Kelly Eichholtz to the position of Area Director of Sales and Marketing New Zealand.

New airport directors appointed

Queenstown Lakes District Council resolved to appoint two new directors for Queenstown Airport Corporation in November to replace retiring directors John Gilks and James Hadley.

Heritage Collection Lake Resort appoints GM

Jennifer Harper has been appointed the new general manager of the Heritage Collection Lake Resort, Cromwell.

Timber Trail Lodge appoints new managers

The $3.2m Timber Trail Lodge is gearing up for its first summer season with the appointment of a new operations manager and joint lodge managers.

Tourism NZ appoints new global brand manager as Redden resigns

Tourism New Zealand's Global Brand and Content Manager, Jodi Redden, is leaving after four years at the agency.

Air NZ appoints Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer

Nick Judd has been appointed Air NZ's Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer.

Hotel Grand Chancellor appoints sales & marketing director

Sarah Croskery has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing (DOSM) for the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor and Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City.

Air NZ’s McDowall to take CFO role

Air New Zealand's Jeff McDowall is to take over the chief financial officer role at the airline from Rob McDonald.

Auckland Airport nominates Julia Hoare to its board

Auckland Airport has announced that its Board has unanimously nominated Julia Hoare to stand for election as an independent non-executive director at its 2017 annual meeting.

Ziptrek Ecotours appoints first social, digital media guru

Innovative zipline company Ziptrek Ecotours has this week appointed experienced influencer Joe Di-Gesse as its first social media and digital guru.

Hughes begins GM tourism role at Activate Tairāwhiti

The former NZ marketing manager for Australia's RedBalloon has begun his role as general manager of tourism at Activate Tairāwhiti.

Eight excited new team members join Dig This Invercargill

Eight very excited new team members started at Dig This Invercargill this week.

Winter Games chief to step down

The CEO of Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Arthur Klap has announced his intention to stand down at the end of this year.

Newspaper editor to head Christchurch tourism

The editor of The Press newspaper has been appointed the new CEO of ChristchurchNZ, the city’s new promotion and economic development agency.

Shotover Jet Manager appointed

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Wayne Paton to lead the ‘Big Reds’ as Business Manager at Shotover Jet.

Tourism Holdings appoints Cathy Quinn to board

Cathy Quinn, ONZM, is a senior corporate partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts has been appointed to the Tourism Holdings Limited Board.

ClearPoint appoints Air NZ’s Digital GM Hamish Rumbold as CEO

New Zealand software engineering specialists ClearPoint are marking their 10th birthday milestone with an exciting announcement - the appointment of their new CEO Hamish Rumbold.

New Queenstown Winter Festival director appointed

Destination Queenstown is delighted to announce the appointment of Rae Baker to the position of Queenstown Winter Festival Director.

Haka Tourism Group appoints managers

Haka Tourism Group has made four senior appointments, including its first China marketing specialist.

Ruapehu, Waitaki tourism leaders resign

Visit Ruapehu (VR) chief executive Claire McKnight has resigned and, in an unrelated move, Tourism Waitaki general manager Jason Gaskill has handed in his notice.

Accommodation network appoints new director

Rotorua-founded business, Look After Me, has announced the appointment of a new director.

Wanaka Airport appoints operations manager

Experienced airport and aviation professional Daniel Debono will join the Wanaka Airport team early in 2018 as Operations Manager.

Paul Gallop appointed GM Four Points by Sheraton Auckland

Marriott International is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Gallop as General Manager of Four Points by Sheraton Auckland.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism appoints GM jet boat experiences

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Jolanda Cave to a new executive role that will provide leadership to its jet boat businesses.

New Tekapo Springs GM brings a wealth of experience

Tourism marketing strategist Anton Wilke is applying a wealth of experience in sales, marketing and general business management to his new role of General Manager at Tekapo Springs.

New trustee appointed at ZEALANDIA

Karori Sanctuary Trust, which manages ZEALANDIA, has welcomed Wairarapa resident Pete Monk to the Board as a trustee.

Air NZ’s appoints Shanti Carter to manage ITOs

Air New Zealand has appointed Shanti Carter to the role of Account Manager with responsibility for managing inbound tour operator and direct group customer accounts.

Air NZ’s Roger Gray wins PM’s scholarship

Air New Zealand's group general manager airports, Roger Grey, has won one of 14 government business scholarships.

Counties Power sparks change at Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport's Judy Nicholl, general manager aeronautical operations, is to leave the company in October 2017 to become the chief executive of Counties Power.

New Americas manager for Air NZ

Air New Zealand has appointed Liz Fraser to the position of Regional General Manager Americas, based in Los Angeles.

Airways CEO appointed

Airways NZ is delighted to announce the appointment of Graeme Sumner to the role of CEO.

Kelly Tarlton’s GM steps down

Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE aquarium's general manager Tim Keeling is stepping down from his role to take up a position at Staging Connections. 

Stray’s new appointments

With eyes set firmly on delivering quality customer experiences and unique ‘off the beaten track’ travel, Stray has two new appointments to announce following a recent restructure of its Operations team.

New GM aeronautical commercial for Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport has announced the appointment of Scott Tasker as its new general manager aeronautical commercial.

NZ Tourism Board appointments

Tourism New Zealand Chair Kerry Prendergast has announced changes to the New Zealand Tourism Board with the completion of Director Norm Thompson’s term, a second term for Director Chris Parkin and new Board member Jan Hunt.

SkyCity appoints THL chair to board

SkyCity Entertainment Group has appointed Rob Campbell as a non-executive director to the SkyCity board.

Nick Hill appointed new ATEED chief

The Board of Directors for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Auckland’s economic growth agency and an Auckland Council controlled organisation, has announced the appointment of Nick Hill to the position of Chief Executive.  

InterCity appoints new GM Sales

InterCity Group is pleased to announce that Simon Payne is joining the team as General Manager – Sales.

Charlie Daily joins MarginFuel

Wellington company director Charlie Daily has joined MarginFuel in a strategic advisory role to the company’s board.

Airport chair appointed WOW trustee

A former top lawyer with strong family ties to the Battle of Britain has joined the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust board.

Tourism NZ appoints new GM Asia

Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall is pleased to announce the appointment of Gregg Wafelbakker to the role of General Manager Asia.

New direction and leadership for Hurunui Tourism

Hurunui Tourism is about to launch in a new direction – with an award-winning manager at its helm.

Metlifecare hires Air NZ Group GM Commercial

Metlifecare Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Thomson to the role of Chief Financial Officer.

Explore appoints new GM – Bay of Islands

Explore has appointed Ross Brljevich as General Manager – Bay of Islands, a position he will commence in early September.
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