Talking Stick Global was established 16 years ago by Marc Reading and specialised initially in representing clients in the African continent. Its portfolio subsequently grew to include representing clients in Europe, Arabia, India and Australia. Joining the FINN Partners team will be Talking Stick, Global Managing Director, David Reading.
Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah has welcomed Onur Kademoğlu as the new Director of Sales and Marketing and Nessi Behar as the new Director of Food and Beverage.
The national carrier of the Solomon Islands, Solomon Airlines has appointed Airline Marketing New Zealand as its General Sales Agent in New Zealand, effective immediately.
InterContinental Hotels Group has announced its new Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) operations leadership structure. Within these changes Mr. Fergus Stewart, Regional General Manager Vietnam & Cambodia is promoted to Director of Operations, Thailand & Indochina.
Newly elected Premier of Nevis, the Honourable Vance Amory, has appointed the Honourable Mark Anthony Graham Brantley as Minister with portfolio responsibility for Tourism, Health, Social Development, Youth and Sports, Culture and Gender Affairs.
The Doyle Collection has announced two new appointments at The Bristol Hotel. Mark Payne joins as the hotel’s new General Manager and Kai Taylor has been appointed as executive head chef.
Original country house hotel Gravetye Manor has announced the appointment of Andrew Thomason to the newly created role of managing director. Thomason has experience including time as resident manager at Le Manoir Aux Quat’saisons, general manager at Lower Slaughter Manor and most recently general manager at Hotel Verta, London where he oversaw the opening.
Luxury boutique resort, The Sarojin, is delighted to announce the appointment of Anthony Dupont as director of sales & marketing. With immediate effect, Anthony will be responsible for managing the business development of the 56-room hotel in Khao Lak, Thailand.
The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has set its sights on the next level with news of the appointment of industry veteran and marketing guru Tony Gonchar as the new CEO. Gonchar will take up the role at the world’s largest association for travel professionals on 3 January 2011, and brings more than 25 years of experience, including top roles at Virtuoso, Expedia and Microsoft.
Aviation veteran Bruce Ashby has been named as Chief Executive of oneworld. The appointment comes as part of the leading airline alliance’s relocation to new headquarters in New York following a breakthrough year in 2010.
Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croeswill has been appointed as Aruba Tourism Authority’s very first chief executive officer. As of January 2011, Aruba Tourism Authority becomes privatised and will operate as an independent organisation, free of government bureaucracy and with access to independent marketing funds.
Alan Leibman, President/Managing Director of Kerzner International,is pleased to announce the appointment of Serge Zaalof, as Chief Operating Officer of the Company. An accomplished hotel executive, Zaalof was most recently Chief Executive of Hospitality, owner and operator of 7 hotels in Dubai, totaling 2,200 rooms, including the flagship hotels Grand Hyatt and The Westin.