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Mice Net : August 2008
people WAYNE HORBACH EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT MANAGER SWISSOTEL SYDNEY an impressive background in senior management, sales, marketing and outstanding success in promoting South Australia as an events destination. Mr Kitto played a central role in securing a number of major events such as International Rugby 7s, FIVB World Tour Beach Volleyball, World Bowls Championships, and the UCI BMX World Championships in Adelaide. Wayne Horbach has been appointed executive assistant manager of the Swissotel Sydney, with a dual role as director of revenue and marketing. With more than 20 years of senior management experience within the hospitality industry, he is regarded as an accomplished hotelier with exceptional leadership in the areas of sales and marketing, operations, catering and events. the Maldives Tourism Promotion Board and Bora Bora Lagoon Resort among others. With competencies as a retail consultant and a wholesale business development executive, she is well placed to ascertain the requirements of the travel industry from both angles. BONDIE FUNG BDE, ASIA SCVB PAUL HERMANN DIRECTOR, MAJOR PROJECTS STAGING CONNECTIONS KYM CARTER GENERAL MANAGER STAMFORD PLAZA BRISBANE Kym Carter has been appointed general manager of the Stamford Plaza Brisbane. Ms Carter brings with her a wealth of hotel experience having worked with the Raptis Group where she was group hotel operations director responsible for the Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast, the 404 -room Holiday Inn (including overseeing a $21 million refurbishment), the Gold Coast International and the Towers of Chevron, a 720 holiday apartment property. Ms Carter also worked with the Accor group for more than a decade, including the opening of their Beijing hotel, and with Hilton International in Sydney, Adelaide, Tokyo and Chicago. Bondie Fung has been appointed business development executive, Asia, based in the SCVB’s Hong Kong office. Bondie will support the bureau’s business development manager, Asia, Sinead Yeo, in mounting increased sales missions in China and other rapidly growing Asian markets. Bondie spent seven years in the travel industry before becoming commercial services manager of the ICI Group where she was responsible for organising corporate conferences and exhibitions for the company’s Hong Kong and China offices. More recently Bondie has worked in the Hong Kong offices of Tourism Victoria and the Singapore Tourism Board. Paul Hermann has joined Staging Connections Melbourne as director, major projects. Mr Hermann comes from Harry the Hirer where he established Harry the Hirer’s successful exhibition and conference division in Melbourne 16 years ago and its Sydney operation five years ago. During this time Paul and his team managed many major local events and exhibitions including the Grand Prix, the Spring Racing Carnival and DesignEX. ANDY NORTH EXECUTIVE CHEF THE SEBEL & CITIGATE ALBERT PARK MELBOURNE CAMILLA MACINNES BDE DAMIEN KITTO CEO ACTA Damien Kitto has been appointed chief executive of the Adelaide Convention Tourism Authority. Mr Kitto previously headed up business development in the major events arm of the South Australian Tourism Commission and has 136 mice.net Camilla MacInnes has joined the growing team at The Unique Tourism Collection in the role of business development executive. Bringing with her more than 25 years of travel industry experience in both retail and wholesale, plus a strong background in hospitality, Ms MacInnes’ focus will be on meeting the needs of UTC’s prestigious portfolio of clients, which includes the Sarojin Thailand, COMO Hotels and Resorts, UNIQUE TOURISM COLLECTION Andy North has been appointed executive chef of The Sebel & Citigate Albert Park Melbourne. He is one of the many outstanding English chefs who has decided to make this country their home. Andy’s passion for creating an exceptional dining experience spans more than 20 years, most recently as executive chef of Melbourne’s Crown Entertainment complex. AMANDA SIMCIC HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER STAMFORD GRAND NORTH RYDE Amanda Simcic has been appointed human resources manager of the Stamford Grand North Ryde. Ms Simcic brings with her more than 14 years’ experience in the recruitment and human resources industry, with five of those years as owner and manager of her own small and successful recruitment agency.