Hans Belle to AAT Kings

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The Travel Cor­po­ra­tion has ap­pointed Sabre vet­eran Hans Belle as the new man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of AAT Kings, In­spir­ing Jour­neys and Aussie Ad­ven­tures. Tak­ing up the role in Jan­uary, Belle takes the po­si­tion va­cated by An­thony Hayes, who re­signed in Septem­ber to take up a new role as ceo of Fan­tasea Cruises. Belle joins TTC af­ter two decades with Sabre Pa­cific and Sabre Hold­ings, in­clud­ing time as vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Asia Pa­cific. How­ever his ex­pe­ri­ence is not only re­lated to tech­nol­ogy – be­fore join­ing Sabre he was in­volved with Aus­tralian ski oper­a­tor The Alpine Group mean­ing he is fa­mil­iar with the do­mes­tic tourism land­scape as well as hav­ing ex­ten­sive ex­per­tise in sales and mar­ket­ing. TTC ceo Aus­tralia John Veitch said Belle’s ap­point­ment fol­lowed an ex­ten­sive search. “With three decades of travel in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence, Hans demon­strated ex­cel­lent cre­den­tials for this role with his ex­cep­tional lead­er­ship skills, strong in­ter­na­tional ex­per­tise and im­pres­sive com­mer­cial abil­i­ties”. Belle added that he was de­lighted to be join­ing TTC, say­ing he was look­ing for­ward to “work­ing closely with the global AAT Kings team and our valued net­work of in­dus­try part­ners on a va­ri­ety of in­no­va­tive strate­gies to en­sure we con­tinue to rep­re­sent the very best that Aus­tralia and New Zealand have to of­fer”. counts Malindo Air­ways as a key client. It’s the end of an era for Jet Air­ways’ for­mer gsa, Hel­loworld’s World Avi­a­tion Ser­vices which has rep­re­sented the In­dian air­line since 1993 – al­most a quar­ter of a cen­tury. Jet Air­ways se­nior VP of sales and mar­ket­ing, Colin Neubron­ner, said traf­fic to In­dia con­tin­ues to grow rapidly. “To­gether with our code­share part­ner, Qan­tas, we will re-es­tab­lish Jet Air­ways as the air­line of choice for trav­ellers fly­ing to In­dia,” he promised. CVFR group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ram Ch­habra said he was hon­oured to be ap­pointed to rep­re­sent Jet Air­ways, which he de­scribed as “the premium air­line of In­dia”. Through its part­ner­ship with Qan­tas Jet Air­ways of­fers seam­less con­nec­tiv­ity over Singapore from all ma­jor cities in Aus­tralia and New Zealand. “We look for­ward to work­ing with our trade part­ners in tak­ing Jet Air­ways to the next level in Aus­tralia and New Zealand,” com­mented Air­line Rep Ser­vices gen­eral man­ager, Ro­heena Gid­wani. Ef­fec­tive 06 De­cem­ber the new Jet Air­ways num­ber for reser­va­tions and sales in Aus­tralia is 1300 889 195. agency mem­bers, sup­pli­ers, cus­tomers and staff”. The wide-rang­ing agree­ment cov­ers a range of ob­jec­tives which could see the de­vel­op­ment of exclusive prod­ucts, rev­enue growth op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­no­va­tion through tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment and op­er­a­tional process ben­e­fits, Man­war­ing said. First Travel Group is headed up by An­drew Bow­man, who is also vice-pres­i­dent of the Travel Agents As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand. The or­gan­i­sa­tion op­er­ates a num­ber of brands in­clud­ing YOU Travel, First Fares and Lifestyle Hol­i­days. It’s also a mem­ber of the Vir­tu­oso Travel group, with Bow­man say­ing the al­liance with Ex­press “al­lows for a joint fo­cus on cre­at­ing cus­tomer value whilst main­tain­ing in­de­pen­dence and lo­cal market flavour”. First Travel Group’s 65-plus mem­bers last year trans­acted a col­lec­tive vol­ume in ex­cess of NZ$500 mil­lion.

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