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Mice Net : August 2008
people ALEXANDRA RIDGEWAY DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING FRASER SUITES SYDNEY SARAH CAPOGRECO & SINEAD KELLY VIRGIN LIMITED EDITION Alexandra Ridgway has been appointed director of sales and marketing of Fraser Suites Sydney. Ms Ridgeway has held senior roles with several large hotel organisations, and was previously senior manager with Marriott International overseeing major corporate accounts for the group Australia-wide. Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s luxury portfolio of unique retreats, has appointment Sarah Capogreco into the newly created role as corporate sales manager, and Sinead Kelly into the newly created role as PR manager, both UK based. As corporate sales manager, Sarah will be focused primarily on sales activities to the corporate and C&I markets, with the aim of driving groups and exclusive use business to all Virgin Limited Edition properties. As PR manager, Sinead will assume PR responsibility for Virgin Limited Edition’s retreats globally. Sinead has recently returned to the UK, having spent the past five years working in the Australian market. HEIDI MERCHANT BDM CENTRAL APARTMENTS & HOTELS Heidi Merchant has been appointed business development manager of Central Apartments & Hotels to support the new business growth of its conferencing venue offerings in Brisbane. With more than 14 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Ms Merchant’s capabilities span across the conference, accommodation and gaming sectors. Prior to her role with Central she held the positions of conference sales executive and accommodation sales agent for Brisbane’s Royal on the Park Hotel. SUE WILKES DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, UK & EUROPE SCVB HERE I AM NOW ! ANDREW HIEBL Business events co-ordinator GeelonG otway tourism SAM CAMERON REGIONAL DIRECTOR, NZ GOLD COAST TOURISM Sue Wilkes has been appointed director of business development, UK and Europe, for the Sydney Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is the first full-time Europe representative employed solely by the SCVB and will be responsible for building new relationships with international associations and developing new business in one of the bureau’s most important markets. She has extensive experience in the Australian events and tourism sectors and was previously manager NSW/ACT for ICMS Pty Ltd, based in Sydney. Sam Cameron has been appointed regional director New Zealand of Gold Coast Tourism. The New Zealand country role, based in Auckland, was established in November 2005 as part of Gold Coast Tourism’s strategy to focus on its key international markets. “New Zealand is the largest source of international tourists for the Gold Coast. More than 225,000 kiwis visited our destination last year alone”, said GCT CEO, Martin Winter. SHAHRAM SABER REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ASIA PATA Shahram Saber has been appointed to the newly created role of regional director, Asia, for the Pacific Asia Travel Association. Based in Macau, Mr Saber is responsible for managing PATA’s marketing and membership programs across Asia, excluding China (PRC) which will continue to be managed by PATA China director, Kate Chang. What did you want to be when you grew up: architect or accountant. my knack at organising parties must have won out in the end. Your first job: i was a farmhand in the rural village of murringo, central nsw, where i grew up. the most honest work i have ever done! Your first pay packet: in the order of $65 ($5 per hour) which i thought was fantastic. Your first break: landing a job in an operations management position straight out of university at the albury convention & Performing arts centre. Describe your current role: to attract business event activity into Geelong and the Great ocean road region through increasing awareness of the destination and the provision of convention bureau services. The best part of your job: the best part of any tourism role has to be the encouragement to travel and engage in new experiences. oh... and the social networking! The worst: spending time away from my partner. Who has inspired you: my previous two managers have been a great wealth of knowledge and have provided with a vision addicting me to the industry - Brendan maher, albury convention centre, and steve cooper, ex destination albury wodonga (now tourism noosa). Your best achievement: winning the 2006 victorian mea award in the category of convention Bureau / tourist organisation and further taking the albury wodonga convention Bureau to the national finals. Where do you want to be in 10 years’ time: Continuing the fight for conferencing in regional Australia... mice.net 135