BestCities Global Alliance has announced the appointment of new managing director, Lesley Williams, as of January 1 2020. Williams brings a wealth of experience, with more than 25 years in the business tourism and events industry.
Williams said: “I, along with the BestCities team, am energised by this opportunity to evolve the alliance’s strategic plan and continue delivering its core purpose – to harness the power of collaboration and community to create positive impact through business events.”
Brands at Work has appointed Pawel Romanowski as client account manager to help manage and develop the agency’s key clients.
Romanowski brings a wealth of experience gained from seven years in the events industry, starting with event management and developing business at leading international venues including Marriott Hotels and King’s College London, and more recently at CWT.
Romanowski will be working with the agency’s global commercial director Rupert Lane to proactively nurture and develop relationships with existing clients and to help the agency expand into new sectors.
Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland has appointed Daniel Loosley as the new general manager of one of its three central London hotels, Leonardo Royal London City.
Loosley has worked within the hotel and hospitality industry for the last 30 years. He started his career at Marriot Hotel where he was promoted to F&B manager before progressing to his first general manager role with Forte Hotels.
Oetker Collection has announced the appointment of Aleksandra Vukojevic as the new managing director at Jumby Bay Island.
Born in Croatia, Aleksandra Vukojevic graduated from the University of Medicine and started her career as a medical doctor. Moving to Vancouver, Canada in 1997 Aleksandra began her career in the hotel industry.
“This is a very special place. It’s truly a paradise. One cannot really imagine it until you experience it. And when you do, you never want to leave,” said Vukojevic
Fiona Allan, artistic director and chief executive of Birmingham Hippodrome, has become chair for the Regional Board for Tourism.
As chair of the Regional Board for Tourism, Allan will oversee the region’s delivery of its £1 billion Tourism Strategy. Allan has more than 20 years’ experience within the tourism sector and leads various creative organisations including UK Theatre, UK Dance Consortium and the 2018 Creative Industries Federation UK Council.
Inntel has appointed Alison Proud as its’ new head of client relationships. Proud will lead the Inntel account management team and implement new consultative and strategic programmes to the team to help Inntel’s clients achieve their business objectives.
Alison has 30 years’ experience in the travel industry and has worked in operational, management and consulting roles for some major global travel management companies.
Aman has announced the appointment of Greg Ward as head of global sales and distribution. Ward joins the company from Shangri-La Group where he was vice president of sales.
Based in the Zug, Switzerland office, Ward will also help define the future vision and strategy for Aman while working closely with chief operating officer Roland Fasel.
“Aman, with its intimate retreats and unassuming, warm hospitality, has always been a brand I have respected. I am looking forward to steering our approach to global sales as the brand continues to gently evolve in new locations and markets,” said Ward.
Jürgen Martin Amann
At the beginning of 2020, Dr Jürgen Martin Amann will become chief executive officer of the Cologne Tourist Board.
Amann is currently the managing director of Dresden marketing GmbH and he was the procurator and head of Ingolstadt Tourism und Congress GmbH until 2018.
“I’m very eager to take on this unique and exciting challenge in Cologne and to work together with the team of the Cologne Tourist Board to shape the future of this great travel destination and congress location,” said Amann.
PCMA has named Marco Bloemendaal as global vice president of business development. He will join the organisation on 2 December and report to chief business officer Mona Cotton.
Bloemendaal will lead PCMA’s business development and account management teams and oversee the organisation’s efforts to provide valuable business and marketing solutions for its global clients and markets.
He will also work closely with PCMA’s valued partners.
Jens Ihsen is set to take over as the director of Düsseldorf Convention. From 1 December Ihsen will be actively marketing the state capital to the target group of professional convention and conference organisers, in the role of director of Düsseldorf Convention.
“In recent years I have been observing from the hotel perspective how the Düsseldorf Convention team around Christian Ortlepp (outgoing director) has really shaken up the industry,” said Ihsen.
“My aim is to drive this collaboration and the active marketing of Düsseldorf to further success.”