Jessica Meredith has been appointed associate director of sales for MICE at the Park Hyatt Melbourne. Her role sees her responsible for sourcing new business opportunities and developing and managing existing relationships within the MICE sector.
Jörg T. Böckeler has been appointed general manager of the InterContinental Sydney. With more than 27 years’ experience in hotels and hospitality, Mr Böckeler has joined the team directly from his posting as general manager of InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto. In addition, he has been appointed area general manager of Mulpha Hotels Australia – owners of InterContinental Sydney and InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort.
NATIONAL CORPORATE SALES MANAGER
Rebecca Murdoch has been appointed national corporate sales manager at Moreton Hire. Ms Murdoch comes to the group with more than 25 years experience in management, sales and operational roles, and for the last 16 years has been directly involved within the exhibition and event industry.
DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING
NOVOTEL BAROSSA VALLEY RESORT
Andrew Houey has been appointed director of sales and marketing of the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort. He joins Novotel from the Adelaide Convention Bureau.
GENERAL MANAGER – TRADE RELATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
DUBAI DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM AND COMMERCE MARKETING
Veronica Rainbird has re-joined Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing’s Australia and New Zealand team to take up the newly created position of general manager – trade relations and partnerships. In line with the recently announced 2020 Vision for Dubai Tourism, the role has been introduced to increase the destination’s market share within Australia and New Zealand. Ms Rainbird brings a wealth of expertise with her from extensive experience in hotels, convention bureaux, and tourism boards.
HEAD OF PRODUCTION, SYDNEY
Daniel Lourenco has been appointed head of production, Sydney at Staging Connections. Having started with Staging Connections in 1998 as a trainee, Mr Lourenco has progressed in his career from a crew member, through to technical director, and will now lead the team as head of production.
Scott Rees has been appointed marketing manager of Heritage Hotels. He was most recently marketing portfolio manager for State Insurance at IAG New Zealand. Prior to this he was marketing manager for Massey University and has previously worked in the hospitality industry as the marketing manager and product manager for BTI New Zealand.
SOFITEL FIJI RESORT & SPA
Simon Jinks has been appointed general manager of the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. Originally from Britain and boasting a 19 year career that commenced in Dubai with Le Royal Méridien Hotels & Resorts.
AIME & CIBTM
Jacqui Timmins has been appointed director of the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) and the China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM). Ms Timmins takes the reins from former Director of AIME, Sally de Swart, who has managed the event since 2011.
Paul Van Deventer has been appointed president and CEO of MPI. Most recently Mr Van Deventer was vice president in the health and wellness division at Walgreens, the largest drugstore chain in the United States. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing revenue generation and client retention for Walgreens’ $500 million suite of employer-focused healthcare solutions.
ROYALI INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE
Sean Cummings has been appointed executive chef at Brisbane’s new Royal International Convention Centre. Most recently Mr Cummings was executive chef at the Park Hyatt Melbourne and Hyatt Regency Auckland, New Zealand.
MERCURE PORTSEA RESORT & GOLF COURSE
Duncan Mars has been appointed general manager of the new-build Mercure Portsea Resort & Golf Course on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Mr Mars has been part of the Accor Group for nearly 10 years and was previously executive assistant manager at Mercure Hadley’s Hobart Hotel. m