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APPOINTMENT OF NEW GENERAL MANAGER FOR THE PEARL SOUTH PACIFIC... Fiji Islands
Emilio Fortini has been appointed General Manager for The Pearl South Pacific at Pacific Harbour, Fiji. Mr Fortini was formerly the Executive Assistant Manager and is from Australia.
[Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau - May, 2005]

GAMBHIR JOINS AIR PACIFIC IN AUSTRALIA... Fiji Islands
Air Pacific has appointed Sumeet Gambhir as its Sales and Marketing Manager for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Ms Gambhir was previously with Airline from World Aviation Systems.
[Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau - June, 2004]

FVB APPOINTS NEW REGIONAL DIRECTOR NEW ZEALAND ... Fiji Islands
The Fiji Visitors Bureau has appointed Mr. Paresh Pant as its new Regional Director New Zealand. Mr. Pant replaces Ms. Penny Henderson who resigned last month. Mr. Pant is a Senior Marketing Officer with the FVB. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and a Masters of Commerce in Marketing Management from the University of Otago.
[Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau - February, 2003]

NEW APPOINTMENTS AT MALOLO ISLAND RESORT ... Fiji Islands
Malolo Island Resort in the Mamanuca Islands has appointed new General Managers. They are Steve McPharlin and Danielle Ward. Mr. McPharlin was the General Manager of the Best Western Hotel group in Australia. Ms. Ward worked at Hamilton Island Resort and Ayers Rock Resort. The Resort also appointed Peter Clark as the new Executive Chef. Mr. Clark was the Sous Chef at the 5 Star ANA Harbour Grand Hotel in Sydney.
[Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau - January, 2003]

FVB REGIONAL DIRECTOR NEW ZEALAND RESIGNS... Fiji Islands
After five years as Fiji Visitors Bureau Regional Director New Zealand, Ms. Penny Henderson has resigned her position. Ms. Henderson played a key role in the recovery of Fiji tourism after the political crisis in 2000. FVB Director Marketing, Jo Tuamoto is in New Zealand facilitating the handover from Ms. Henderson. He will oversee the New Zealand office from Suva till Ms. Henderson's replacement is named early next year.
[Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau - December, 2002]

DAVID WOODMAN HEADS TOURISM SECURITY GROUP... Fiji Islands
The General Manager of the Tokatoka Resort, David Woodman has been appointed Chairman of the newly formed Combined Law Agencies Group (CLAG) for Tourism Security Committee. The committee was formed at a recent tourism security meeting organised by the Fiji Visitors Bureau. Its purpose is to bring the stakeholders in tourism together, working closely with the Police, on a continual basis where they can discuss and act on pertinent law and order issues affecting the industry. Ministry of Tourism Permanent Secretary Ratu Napolioni Masirewa said the Tourism Ministry has endorsed the CLAG Committee.
[Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau - December, 2002]

NEW GENERAL MANAGER FOR CORAL SUN... Fiji Islands
Bruce Moonie has been named the new General Manager of Coral Sun Fiji Limited. He will be responsible for the company's daily operations. Coral Sun Managing Director, the Honourable Mick Beddoes, remains in the company but will concentrate on his new role as Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of Fiji. Meanwhile, Coral Sun Fiji has acquired its third 50-seater Scanier coach for its fleet. This is part of a $2million upgrading and replacement programme for the company's fleet of 35 cars, buses and coaches. Coral Sun Fiji is a joint venture between United Touring Company, PA Lal and Sun Tours Fiji Limited.
[Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau - November, 2002]

NEW MANAGEMENT AT VOMO ISLAND RESORT ... Fiji Islands
Vomo Island Resort in the Mamanucas has a new General Manager, Mr. Justin Phillips. Mr. Phillips has worked with Regent-Four Seasons and Accor (Sofitel and Novotel) International and Swiss Belhotel International. Mr. Phillips was appointed to the position by the new owners of Vomo Island; Vomo (Fiji) Limited which acquired the property in August. The Resort will be closed out to new reservations from November 15 2002 until December 14, 2002 for refurbishment.
[Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau - November, 2002]

MANAGEMENT CHANGES AT CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES ... Fiji Islands
Lloyd Cahill has been named the new General Manager of Captain Cook Cruises. He will take up his position on November 16. Mr. Cahill has replaced Bruce Moonie who has resigned to assume a new position soon to be announced. Mr. Cahill is joined by Trevor Clark, who has been named Financial Controller and Food and Beverage Manager for the Nadi based cruise line. Both Mr. Cahill and Mr. Clark were previously on the 68 metre Dro ki Cakau (Reef Escape), the former as its Master and the latter as its Hospitality Manager.
[Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau - November, 2002]

NEW MANAGER FOR FIJI MOCAMBO ... Fiji Islands
Craig Powell has been named the new Manager for the Fiji Mocambo. He replaces Bill Gavoka who will leave to head the Fiji Visitors Bureau at the end of the month. Mr. Powell is no stranger to the Shangri La hotels and resorts having worked at the Fiji Mocambo and the Fijian Resort for nine years. He was transferred to a Shangri La property in Xian China as Food and Beverage Manager. He later took up a position as Food and Beverage Manager for Lowry Hotel, Manchester, United Kingdom before returning to Fiji and taking up his current position. A hotel management graduate, Mr. Powell is currently the human resources manager for the Holiday Inn.
[Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau - August, 2002]

TOBERUA APPOINTS NEW MARKETING MANAGER ... Fiji Islands
Mrs. Talei Talemaitoga has been appointed Sales and Marketing Manager for Toberua Island. Mrs. Talemaitoga has worked for The Regent of Fiji as groups co-coordinator, Rosie The Travel Company as group consultant, at the Warwick of Fiji as a sales representative, and sales manager of Kalevu Cultural Centre.
[Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau - May, 2002]

MOKUSIGA APPOINTS NEW MANAGER ... Fiji Islands
Mokusiga Island Resort has appointed Jackson Mar as its new Manager. Jackson Mar brings with him more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, ten of which was spent as Assistant Manager with the former Four Seasons Regent Resort on Denarau.
[Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau - March, 2002]

TANOA INTERNATIONAL HOTEL APPOINTS SALES EXECUTIVE ... Fiji Islands
Tanoa International Hotel Fiji has appointed Ms Susan Ratakele as Sales Executive effective 15 January 2002. Susan joins Tanoa with broad experience in sales having previously worked for various hotel establishments including Tanoa Hotel, The Regent of Fiji (now Sheraton Royal) and Vomo Island Resort. Susan is a graduate from FIT's school of hospitality and tourism.
[Source Tanoa International Hotel, via SPTO - January, 2002]

TOURIST TRANSPORT FIJI APPOINTS NEW MANAGER ... Fiji Islands
Tourist Transport Fiji has appointed Emele Marama to the position of Manager. Marama is currently Reservations and Marketing Manager at TTF and is due to take up her new position on 21 January. General Manager Peter Bell has been appointed to a new role within TTF and will return to New Zealand at the end of January. Congratulations Emele! Emele will be responsible for all aspects of the business under the Chief Operations Officer for TTF based in Auckland, Russell McRae.
[Source Fiji Visitors Bureau - January, 2002]

TOURIST TRANSPORT FIJI APPOINTS NEW MANAGER ... Fiji Islands
Tourist Transport Fiji has appointed Emele Marama to the position of Manager. Marama is currently Reservations and Marketing Manager at TTF and is due to take up her new position on 21 January. General Manager Peter Bell has been appointed to a new role within TTF and will return to New Zealand at the end of January. Congratulations Emele! Emele will be responsible for all aspects of the business under the Chief Operations Officer for TTF based in Auckland, Russell McRae.
[Source Fiji Visitors Bureau - January, 2002]

NEW GENERAL MANAGER MARKETING AND SALES FOR AIRPACIFIC ... Fiji Islands
Air Pacific has appointed Mr. Craig McCarthy as its General Manager Marketing & Sales. He will be responsible for global sales and marketing activities for Air Pacific, with its regional offices in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, North America, Fiji and the Pacific Islands reporting directly to him. Mr. McCarthy was with Qantas as its Manager Asia and European routes before joining the national carrier. He will headquarter at the airline's Nadi office.
[Source Fiji Visitors Bureau - December, 2001]

CEO APPOINTED FOR AUDIO VISUAL COMMISSION ... Fiji Islands
Mr. Taniela Bolea has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Fiji Audio Visual Commission (FAVC). FAVC was established by government in October last year to develop, promote and regulate Fiji's growing film, television, music production, e-commerce and computer software industry in Fiji. More information can be obtained from the Ministry of Commerce.
[Source Fiji Visitors Bureau - November, 2001]

JO TUAMOTO NEW FVB DIRECTOR OF MARKETING... Fiji Islands
Mr. Josefa Tuamoto has been named Director of Marketing for the Fiji Visitors Bureau. Mr. Tuamoto has replaced Mr. Bill Whiting who has completed his contract with the Bureau Mr Tuamoto has been with the Bureau from l995, first as Regional Director of Australia, and then as Regional Director of the Americas Previous to joining the Bureau, Mr. Tuamoto was the Manager Industries Division for the Fiji Trade Investment Board. Mr Tuamoto holds a MBA in marketing from the University of Wales and graduated with a BS from the University of the South Pacific. Mr. Whiting, who has been with the Bureau for the past eighteen years, will continue to be involved in the Pacific and Fiji tourism as the major investor in Global Bedbank, an internet-based booking service.
[Source Fiji Visitors Bureau - October, 2001]

NEW FIJI RESORT APPOINTMENTS... Fiji Islands
Karen Marvell has been appointed Director of Sales for the Fijian and Mocambo resorts, replacing Shayne Early. Ms. Marvell will be based in Sydney.

Mr. Andrew Gee has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for Outrigger Reef Fiji, effective from October 1. Mr. Gee, who will be based in Sydney, will be responsible for overall sales and marketing for the Coral Coast resort. Mr. Gee was formerly Director of Sales (inbound) for Bass Hotels and Resorts (formally SPHC).
[Source Fiji Visitors Bureau - October, 2001]

NEW MANAGER AT CLUB RARO RESORT... Cook Islands
Island Hotels Ltd have appointed Ron Oliveira as General Manager of The Club Raro Resort. He has 17 years of Management experience both in Australia and New Zealand. He joined The Club Raro Resort after leaving Kiwi International Hotel Group where he managed their city property of 160 rooms and then both their airport properties of 140 rooms. It is envisaged because of his extensive accommodation and food and beverage background that the quality of the room, f & b and services offered will be lifted to make this property the best "value for money" in the Pacific.
[Source Club Raro Resort - September, 2001]

NEW MARKETING MANAGER FOR S.I. VISITORS BUREAU... Solomon Islands
The SIVB has a new Marketing Manager after the departure of Daniel Ahukela in February 2001. He is Andrew Nihopara who comes from Malaita Province of Solomon Islands. Prior to joining the Bureau, Mr. Nihopara was a lecturer at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education.
[Source Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau - July, 2001]

CHANGE IN MANAGEMENT FOR TOKORIKI... Fiji Islands
General Manager, Tokoriki Island Resort, Mr. Greg Cornwall will be departing for Thailand on the 17th July. Cornwall has accepted a position as General Manager of the 216 room Marriott Hotel in Hua Hin. David Turnbull is the new General Manager of Tokoriki. He comes with a wealth of knowledge and has worked previously in the Pacific. Turnbull will ofiicially begin on the 9th July.
[Source Fiji Visitors Bureau - July, 2001]

NEW DIVE MANAGERS FOR CASTAWAY ISLAND RESORT... Fiji Islands
Geoff and Trudy Low have been named the new dive masters at Castaway Island Resort from July l9, taking over from Karen and Craig Flannery who have finished their employment and will be returning to their home in Wales. The Lows have managed dive operations in the UK, Egypt and Yap.
[Source Fiji Visitors Bureau - July, 2001]

CAMPBELL GETS TOP JOB AT AIR PACIFIC... Fiji Islands
Air Pacific has named Mr. John Campbell as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Mr Campbell who is no stranger to Fiji, was the national carrier's Director of Marketing from l983 to l986. Most recently he was General Manager Indonesia for Qantas and British Airways. He has been with Qantas in a number of capacities since leaving Air Pacific.
[Source Fiji Visitors Bureau - July, 2001]

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[Source Majuro Cooperative School - June, 2001]

NEW MANAGEMENT FOR KAIMBU RESORT... Fiji Islands
Carol and Nigel Douglas have been appointed managers of Kaimbu Island Resort in the Lau group.
[Source Fiji Visitors Bureau - April, 2001]

NEW MANAGERS AT POPPY'S ON THE LAGOON... Vanuatu
Mr Glen & Wendy Jones are the new Managers of Poppys on the Lagoon. Glen and Wendy arrived in Port Vila in late February to take up their appointment. They have also purchased one of Poppy's cottages to show their commitment to both Poppy's and Vanuatu. They are looking forward to a long and fruitful association with Poppy's on the Lagoon and Vanuatu.
[Source Vanuatu NTO (via SPTO) - March, 2001]

NEW GENERAL MANAGER FOR SINALEI REEF RESORT... Samoa
Sinalei Reef Resort has appointed Tanya Southgate as the resort's new general manager. Tanya takes over from Sose Annandale who after much deliberating has decided to take up semi retirement.
[Source Sinalei Reef Resort (via SPTO) - March, 2001]

FVB APPOINTS PR CONSULTANTS ... Fiji Islands
The FVB has appointed Susan Bejeckian as its public relations consultant for North America, replacing Eileen Chambers, who has retired. Ms Bejeckian has had wide experience in the travel industry, including work done for Inter-Continental Hotels & Resorts, and Loews Hotels. Ms Chambers said that she is retiring to a farm on Vanua Levu where she intends to "cultivate her daydreams". She said that she has been marketing paradise long enough (14 years) to have earned a bit of it.

The Bureau has also re-appointed George Rubine as its Fiji based public relations consultant.
[Source Fiji Visitors Bureau - March, 2001]

STAFF MOVEMENTS AT AIR NEW ZEALAND... South Pacific
Gerald Wilson, Air New Zealand Manager Cook Islands, is retiring after nearly 40 years' service with the airline. Taking over his position will be Ron de Groot, who has most recently been the Air New Zealand Sales Manager in Queensland, Australia. In Samoa, Oliver Fidow has been appointed the Airport Manager and will be responsible Air New Zealand's activities at Apia and Tonga airports. Craig Dingle, Manager Fiji, has returned to New Zealand to take up the position of Manager Central Region, NZ. Vaughan Brown has been appointed Manager Fiji.
[Source SPTO (Coral Route Communique) - March, 2001]

NEW RECRUITMENTS AT EDGEWATER RESORT... Cook Islands
New recruitment at the Resort include Sarah Marsters, formally at Tipani Tours (Rarotonga), who has joined the Resort as Reservations Manager. John Chetty is the new Rooms Division Manager at the Resort and Daryl Major is their newly appointed Head Chef. Cook Islands have been popular recently and the trend seems to be continuing into the new year.
[Source SPTO - February, 2001]

NEW DIRECTOR AT THE HEAD OF THE NOUMEA AND SOUTHERN PROVINCE TOURIST OFFICE... New Caledonia
David CAMERLYNCK (aged 32 years) has taken over the direction of the Nouméa and Southern Province Tourist Office from Michel QUINTIN, with effect December 2000. David CAMERLYNCK holds a Diploma from the School of Management and Commerce in Nouméa as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Communication from West Sydney University. He has previously held the post of Assistant Sales Manager at the Meridien Nouméa followed by Marketing Manager at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre.
[Source SPTO New Caledonia update - January, 2001]

NEW CHEF DE VILLAGE AT CLUB MED CHATEAU ROYAL IN NOUMEA... New Caledonia
At 37 years of age, Philippe ABRAHAM takes over the management of Club Med Château Royal following the departure of Gérard BAROUH. Before taking up his post in Nouméa, Philippe ABRAHAM was Chef de Village in Israël, Morocco, Senegal, on board Club Med 2 and just recently in Tahiti. One of Philippe's main objectives is to transform Club Med into a true centre of attraction for everyone and not exclusively for " GO's " (Gentils Membres).
[Source SPTO New Caledonia update - January, 2001]

SOUTHERN CROSS CABLE LAUNCHED IN FIJI... Fiji Islands
Fiji now has the same communication capabilities as the United States, New Zealand, and Australia with the recent introduction of the Southern Cross Cable into the country.

The optical fibre cable can deliver 120 gigabits per second of fully protected capacity capable of transmitting two full length movies between the United States and New Zealand every second.

It is expected to open up new business opportunities in Fiji including offshore data processing centres.
[Source Fiji Visitors Bureau - 22 December, 2000]

New Appointments... Vanuatu
Tamanu Beach Club: Kelly and Don (Managers)
Deco Stop Lodge: Lisa Nuku Wallace (Manager)
[Source SPTO - 20 October, 2000]

Staff Appointments - The Rarotongan Resort... Cook Islands
JOHN PUGH - Sous Chef. English-born John has worked for the last 15 years in New Zealand, latterly as an Executive Chef. A winner in the hotly contested NZ Salon Culinaire competitions.
MAITIA VANO - Chef de Partie - Pastry. Maitia is of Cook Islands heritage and is another Salon Culinaire winner!
RON WHITE - Food and Beverage Consultant. Canadian born, Ron has been working in South America for many years and is a specialist in regional cuisine in particular, Jungle Cuisine. SVEIN MOLDSKRED - Food and Beverage Consultant. Norwegian-born Svein has an extensive 20-year background in hotel management in Asia.
LAURA WADSWORTH -Marketing Manager. Previously Product Manager with Travel Arrangements NZ, Laura comes with extensive travel industry experience.
METUA VAIIMENE - Cost Controller. Metua recently completed a BA in Economics Major and Accounting Minor at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji.
Three USP graduates with a BA in Tourism Management have recently joined the Resort as Sales Coordinators: ROSIE PAIO, KERREN AVIU & LEONORA MORRIS.
RICK BUTLER - Assistant Financial Controller. Originally from Australia, Rick has spent the last 2 years living and working in London. His background is in Chartered Accountancy.
IAN CHRISTOPHER - Assistant Financial Controller. Ian has spent the last 25 years in agency work, retail, corporate and wholesale, most recently at Orient Pacific Holidays in Melbourne
[Source SPTO - 13 October, 2000]

New CEO Addresses Fiji media at Press Conference ... Fiji Islands
SPTO Suva organised a Press Conference on Friday, 6th October where the new Chief Executive Mr. Lisiate 'Akolo addressed the key media representatives in Fiji on his plans for the future of SPTO as he takes up his new appointment for the next three years. The Press Conference was held at the Berjaya Hotel in Suva with 20 members of the various media, SPTO managers and members of the Marketing & Membership Services staff. SPTO Board Chairman Mr. Semisi Taumoepeau and Fiji Visitors Bureau Chief Executive and SPTO Board Member Mr. Sitiveni Yaqona were also present. As a result, SPTO received positive coverage in the various dailies and on television as well, over the weekend.
[Source SPTO -6 October, 2000]

New appointment - Tanoa Hotels ... Fiji Islands
TANOA HOTELS is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Chris Foale as Group Executive Chef effective Monday, 2nd October 2000. Chris began his career in 1964 as an apprentice with Trust Houses Ltd at The Imperial Hotel Barnstaple in North Devon, England and worked in various hotels within the group as Chef de Partie. From 1970 he worked continuously in the catering industry in quality establishments in positions such as Head Chef and Catering Manager and ran his business catering for a couple of Golf Clubs in North Devon. In 1982, Chris migrated to New Zealand and was appointed Executive Chef with Hyatt International at their Queenstown property. During his time with Hyatt, Chris oversaw all kitchen operations of all of the Vacation Inns of the South Island in NZ and as part of the Hyatt Management Development System, was sent to Hyatt Regency Singapore and Hyatt Central Plaza in Bangkok. From 1990 to 2000, Chris was appointed to various positions from Executive Chef, Executive Sous Chef, Catering Lecturer, Catering Manager in several establishments - Skyline Restaurant Queenstown; Otago Polytechnic; The Islander Travelodge, Port Moresby and Papua New Guinea; The Garden House Restaurant in North Canterbury; The Grand Chateau, Mount Ruapehu and Larnach's Castle, Dunedin. Chris brings with him a wealth of international experience and he will be responsible for the complete food operations within the Tanoa Hotels 6 properties. He will be based at the Tanoa International Hotel, and will initially look at new menus, beverages, settings, presentations and convention & function food and beverage options to international quality standards.
[Source SPTO -6 October, 2000]

New Appointment - Samoana Resort... Samoa
Brent Ross, from Forresters Beach in NSW, Australia is the resort's new surf and tour manager. Prior to his appointment he had been a surfguide with the resort.
[Source SPTO - 29 September, 2000]

Soft Opening for Yandina Plantation Resort... Solomon Islands
Mia Rimon has set September 22-25 for a soft opening special weekend for Yandina Plantation Resort. Set among the historic Russell Islands copra plantations in the Central Islands, this latest addition to the Solomons dive resorts offers first rate air-conditioned accommodation, restaurant and pub, superb food (especially seafood selections) with great beaches all around. Divers take note . . . there are 99 island drop-offs to choose from! Mia Rimon, who is managing the new resort for Russell Islands Plantations Limited (RIPEL) brings with her the experience of running the dive operation at Tambea Resort and Dive Gizo at the Gizo Hotel.
[Source: Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau News, 18 September 2000]

New Executive for Tourist Association, Malaita... Solomon Islands
The Malaita Province Tourist Association (MPTA) has elected a new executive. President is Managing Director of Auki Lodge, Mr. Jack Inifiri. Vice- President is Mr. George Tafisi. Owner of Island Travelers Motel in Auki, Mr. David Maefunu is Secretary, while another member of the accommodation sector, Mr. Patson Fulaburi is Treasurer. Members include Hon. Richard Watekari (Southern Region) Mr. Pio Akwasitaloa (Northern Region) and Mr. Andrew Buga (Eastern Region).
[Source: Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau News, 18 September 2000]

New Rep for Vanuatu National Tourist Office ... Vanuatu
Jeanette McKeague is back, this time as the new representative for the Vanuatu National Tourist Office in Auckland, New Zealand. Most will remember her in her role as NZ Manager at Air Vanuatu, a post she held for 10 years before she resigned to start her own company "Pacific Promotions and Productions Ltd." Jeanette in her new role will be attending travel shows, SPANTO workshops and organising educationals, as well as dealing with general inquiries. She is also happy to hold agent seminars. When asked what she loved most about Vanuatu, Jeanette says she "Loves the people", who live in an environment that is never dull, always something new and exciting happening with the strong mix of traditional customs. Making it a very intriguing place to visit!
[Source: Islandtime August - October 2000]

Dixon New Qantas Chief
Qantas yesterday announced a reshuffle of its top executives, with Geoff Dixon to take over as chief executive from James Strong when he retires next year. In the meantime Mr Dixon will take over as deputy chief executive from Gary Toomey, who has resigned. Qantas chairman Margaret Jackson said: "Geoff Dixon's extensive aviation experience and his role as head of the airline's commercial division for six years have been significant factors in the positioning of Qantas as a leading global carrier. This will serve him well in his new role next year".
[Source Fiji's Daily Post 14th September 2000]

NTO Vanuatu's New Information Officer... Vanuatu
The National Tourism Office of Vanuatu has appointed a new Information Officer - Mr. Alain Simeon. Alain will be assisting at the NTO's information office. Alain was previously employed by Le Meridien Port Vilas receptionist and front office staff and was later promoted to Duty Manager of the resort. The Vanuatu NTO Management and teams welcomes Alain abroad.
[Source: www.vanuatutourism.com] - SPTO - 15 September 2000

New Managements... Vanuatu
Bokissa Island Resort: Trudi Hedges & Scoth Cole (General Managers)
Deco Stop Lodge: John Rigley (Manager)
Erakor Island Resort: Haidee Walters & Andrew Johnson (Managers)
Pacific Lagoon Apartments: Steve Williams (General Manager)
Tanna Beach Resort: Tom Kawia (Resort Manager)
Friendly Bungalows: Jasel & Mary Niava (Resort Managers)
Tanna Evergreen Bungalows: Samual Numake (General Manager)
[Source: SPTO - 15 September 2000]

NZ Appoints Pacific people to Health Boards... New Zealand
The New Zealand government has appointed eight Pacific Islanders to District Health Boards, in an effort to improve pacific health statistics. Prior to the new appointments, only one Pacific person served on a health board, but he had already resigned. Pacific Affairs minister Mark Gosche says it's vital Pacific voices be heard in decision-making bodies.
[Source abc-Pacific Beat - 15 September 2000]

Air New Zealand New Manager E Agency... New Zealand
Mr. Chris Hunter, Air New Zealand's Manager Pacific Islands has been appointed to a new position in AIR New Zealand, as Manager E Agency. He says "While I am looking forward to the challenges of this new role, I am sad to say farewell to the many people I have worked with in my time as Manager Pacific Islands. I have always appreciated the enthusiasm and dedication of our colleagues, clients, suppliers and partners, and I thank you all for the support you have given me and Air New Zealand".

In his new role as Manager E Agency, he will be working in an entirely new territory, in the world of electronic business. E- Agency is a new division of Air New Zealand and it has been set up to work with travel agencies and other third parties operating on the Internet.
[Source Air New Zealand - CoralRoute Communique July 2000]

Cook Islands Tourism Corporation ... Cook Islands
The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Innovative Marketing Concepts Enterprises, (imc2), as its new North American representation company effective from 1st August, 2000.

The directors of imc2, Erin Suzuki and James McCann, are highly respected within the South Pacific tourism industry, having spent a combined total of twelve years managing and marketing various resorts in the Pacific.

The Cook Islands has seen strong growth out of all markets with North America increasingly playing a key role in the continuing strong arrival figures.

The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation with imc2 is developing a new pro-active marketing strategy that will encompass consumer, retail travel agent and tour operator based marketing promotions and incentives.

For additional information please contact Chris Wong
E-mail:cookislands@earthlink.net
[Source SPTO - 26 July, 2000]

SVB appoints Manager Research and Statistics    ... Samoa
The Samoa Visitors Bureau (SVB) has appointed Ms Hanna Wallwork as its new Manager Research and Statistics. Ms Wallwork has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Auckland University in International Business. Her contact phone no: (685) 24465 and e-mail hanna@samoa.ws. [Source TALA SAMOA March 2000, Volume 2 Issue 2]

New Management On Bokissa Island Resort    ... Vanuatu
Bokissa Island Resort is now called Bokissa Eco Island. The resort is now under new management with Quinton Marris as the Manager. The resort has been renovated and refurbished. There are 20 individual fares with ensuite rainwater, hot shower, fridge, minibar, hair dryer, tea and coffee making facilities, all with their own veranda, a 25m freshwater swimming pool with swim-up-pool-bar, large upper pool deck, conference and wedding facilities for up to 40 people. The resort also organises traditional island weddings and a fantasy honeymoon; porterage, laundry and ironing facilities are also available. Bokissa Eco Island also has an eco friendly sewerage treatment plant and an extensive rainwater collection system for drinking and personal use. Please contact them on tel (678) 36 913, fax (678) 36 855 and e-mail holiday@bokissa.vu. [Source Vanuatu Product Update Issue 21 February 2000]

Polynesian Airlines Appoint Managers   ... ... French Polynesia
Polynesian Airlines has appointed two new senior managers to its management team. Ms Jacqui Balson has been appointed General Manager Commercial, and joins Polynesian under secondment from Qantas, Polynesian Airline's commercial partner, where she held several senior-marketing roles. She will be responsible for all of Polynesian Airline's commercial and marketing activities.

Mr John Fitzgerald has been appointed General Manager Finance and Administration. He will be responsible for all of Polynesian Airlines financial and administration activities. Prior to joining Polynesian Airlines, he held several financial positions in Australia and for the past eight years he has been Manager and Advisor for the Treasury Department of the Samoan Government, in Apia. [Source Samoa Visitors Bureau Newsletter Jan-Feb 2000]

Sinalei Appoints new GM   ... Samoa
Sinalei Reef Resort has appointed Sose Annandale as its new General Manager. Previously, she was Sales and Marketing Manager, a role she will continue to do under her new title. Meanwhile, Sinalei has produced three new brochures. The first is a 16 page A4 generic brochure aimed at the trade and serious clients. The second is a four-page consumer guide; with the final brochure being a Wedding, Honeymoon and Convention guide. Copies are available from your nearest office of the Samoa Visitors Bureau or you can contact the Sinalei Reef Resort on fax: (685) 20285 or at e-mail sinalei@lesamoa.net [Source Sinalei Reef Resort, Samoa]

FVB Staff Movements   ... Fiji Islands
The Fiji Visitors Bureau (FVB) has announced staff movements within its local and international operations. Eroni Puamau, who is Marketing Services Manager, has been appointed Regional Director, New Zealand. The Marketing Officer (Europe), Ms Ili Matatolu, will replace Mr Puamau and a graduate trainee, Paresh Pant, has been appointed Assistant Marketing Officer (Europe and Public Relations). [Source Fiji Times February 13, 2000]

Air Tahiti Nui Appoints New Vice-President - Marketing   ... French Polynesia
Mr Nicholas Panza has been named Vice-President - Marketing at Air Tahiti Nui. He will report to the carrier's Deputy Chief Executive, Mr Donald McSullivan and will be based in Los Angeles, the airline's U.S. Commercial and Operations headquarters. Mr Panza managed the start-up and launch of the Fijian national carrier Air Pacific into North America and oversaw its European operations. With worldwide responsibility for all of Air Tahiti Nui's marketing activities, he will oversee not only the carrier's marketing efforts in the U.S., but also the carrier's online presence in French Polynesia and in Japan. [Source: SPTO Market Representative North America]

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