Brett Tollman, CEO of The Travel Corporation (TTC), has announced the appointment of respected industry leader, Fiona Dalton, as the new CEO of Australia. As Fiona is currently on sabbatical to complete her MBA, she will commence her role on October 2, 2020.
TTC Australia’s current CEO John Veitch, will stay on until April and then, to ensure a smooth transition until Fiona starts, Lorraine Sharp will be returning to TTC as interim CEO until October.
A highly regarded leader in travel, Sharp’s history with TTC has spanned close to 30 years having started as Head of Marketing for Trafalgar Australia, to then become Vice President Sales & Marketing Contiki USA. Returning to Australia, Sharp became Managing Director for Insight Vacations for 10 years until 2012, and then back in 2019 for maternity leave cover.
Tollman, who is currently in Sydney to celebrate TTC’s 100th year anniversary, stated: “We thank John for his leadership and positive impact in leading TTC Australia these past 4.5 years. We wish him the very best in his new career as he embarks on a leadership role outside the travel industry.”
With over 25 years’ experience across the retail, wholesale, hotels, corporate and cruise sector, Dalton moves from her current role, held for the last four years, of Managing Director for Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Prior to this she held positions as the General Manager of Sales for Qantas Holidays and its associated brands in helloworld, and Associate Director, Global Travel for Macquarie Group.
Dalton has been a mentor to the TIME (Travel Industry Mentor Experience) program since 2016 and joined the board of TIME as Director in 2019. In 2017 she also won the Women in Travel Award for the Cruise Sector.
Tollman continues, “We are pleased appoint Fiona to this role - her capability covers a wide range of areas including strategic, general and financial management, coupled with strong communication, negotiation and commercial acumen.”
Ms Dalton said it would be an honour to work with "our superbly talented teams across the country to further enhance our market leading position in Australia".
"Our brands stand for excellence, our partnerships have been built on trust and our people operate with great integrity.”
MEANWHILE, Mr Tollman announced the appointment of Adam Armstrong as the new Global CEO of Contiki. Armstrong will be based out of Geneva, Switzerland, with start date to be announced shortly.
Armstrong will be joining Contiki from his current position as Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Silversea Cruises – Australia & New Zealand. Prior to that, Armstrong was at the helm of Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCCL), having played an integral role in the vast growth of its tri-portfolio of brands within the AU/NZ market.
“I am excited to join Contiki and help bring Gen-Z and millennial travellers together to discover the world across 350+ adventures,” said Armstrong.
“I am also looking forward to working closely with our valued agent partners across the globe since the UNWTO and WYSE forecasts, there will be 370 million youth travellers by 2020 which is a massive opportunity to provide them unforgettable Contiki experiences.”
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