In­ter­na­tional Sunlover

Travel Bulletin - - STATE OF THE INDUSTRY -

Helo world whole­sale looks set for a shakeup, with the rev­e­la­tion last month that the AOT Group’s Sunlover Hol­i­days op­er­a­tion has launched a new range of in­ter­na­tional prod­uct. Pre­vi­ously do­mes­ti­cally-fo­cused, Sunlover’s 2016/17 range in­cludes new brochures fea­tur­ing New Zealand, Fiji, the Cook Is­lands and the Pa­cific, with the move de­scribed as an “ex­cit­ing new di­rec­tion for Sunlover Hol­i­days [which] will pro­vide its re­tail agency part­ners an ex­ten­sive range of prod­uct to choose”. Also new for Sunlover is the launch of distri­bu­tion in the New Zealand mar­ket, with the full range of 16 brochures now avail­able to agents across the Tas­man. Hel­loworld ceo Andrew Burnes hasn’t in­di­cated his in­ten­tions for the ex­ist­ing Qan­tas Hol­i­days/viva! Hol­i­days op­er­a­tions and whether there will be in­te­gra­tion with Sunlover, but this lat­est move by AOT shows he clearly has a strong be­lief in travel whole­sal­ing. in­creased fo­cus on the Uni­world brand, with the general man­ager role va­cated by John Moli­naro up­graded to be­come a manag­ing di­rec­tor and the well-re­spected Qan­tas Hol­i­days na­tional sales man­ager Fiona Dal­ton ap­pointed to the role. Dal­ton, who has driven Hel­loworld whole­sale through much evo­lu­tion over the past five years, will be­come Uni­world Bou­tique River Cruise Col­lec­tion manag­ing di­rec­tor early next month, with Qan­tas Hol­i­days chief Peter Eg­gle­stone de­scrib­ing it as a “sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance her ca­reer”. Other se­nior changes im­ple­mented by Veitch in­clude the de­par­ture of James Gaskell fol­low­ing the clo­sure of Cre­ative Hol­i­days, as well as the ap­point­ment of for­mer Virgin Aus­tralia staffer Alex O’con­nor as manag­ing di­rec­tor of In­sight Va­ca­tions, re­plac­ing Joost Tim­mer. The reshuf­fles mean Trafal­gar manag­ing di­rec­tor Matthew Cameron-smith is now the Travel Cor­po­ra­tion Aus­tralia’s long­est-serv­ing manag­ing di­rec­tor.

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