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Melbourne Convention Bureau chief executive officer Karen Bolinger has been elected President of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) at the organisation’s conference in Hobart. She takes over from Business Events Sydney ceo Lyn Lewis-Smith who has headed the association for the past four years.
Wendy Wu Tours has announced the appointment of Cameron Pritchard as Business Development Manager Victoria. He joins with seven years’ experience across business development, air charter and group travel roles, most recently with MTA.
James Coleman has joined Next Hotels as the General Manager of Sage Hotel Adelaide and Chifley on South Terrace. He has spent 15 years in hospitality, including with TFE Hotels and Far East Hospitality.
Expedia has elevated its CFO Mark Okerstrom to the position of Chief Executive Officer, replacing Dara Khosrowshahi who left last month to join the ride-sharing service Uber. Okerstrom had been CFO since 2011 and was previous Expedia’s VP of Corporate Development.
Mantra Group CEO Bob East has been appointed Chair of Tourism Australia, alongside Kerzner International’s regional director of sales & marketing Anna Guillan who becomes deputy chair. Event Hospitality & Entertainment CEO David Seargeant and Australian Hotels Association CEO Bradley Woods also join the board.
Classic Holidays COO Carole Smith has been re-elected President of the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC) at the organisation’s annual general meeting on the NSW Tweed Coast.
Raffles Hotel Singapore has named Christian Westbeld as its General Manager, effective 01 Oct. Westbeld has close to 20 years’ hospitality experience, most recently as head of Hospitality Operation at MGM Macau ahead of the opening of MGM Cotai. He will oversee the Raffles Hotel Singapore’s extensive renovation and reopening in mid-2018.