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June 27, 2017 Appointments No Comments Email Email

After announcing the launch of a new, custom-built expedition ship last month, Aurora Expeditions, Australia’s leading expedition cruise company, has announced it is expanding its Sydney-based team with a series of new staff appointments.

A number of new and existing positions have recently been filled by a selection of skilled professionals, all bringing extensive experience within the travel and tourism industry.

Dianna Schinella has been appointed to the new role of Industry Sales and Marketing Manager and will be responsible for managing and developing Aurora Expeditions strategic trade partnerships. Dianna brings over 15 years of sales and marketing experience across a broad range of travel products including New Caledonia Tourism, Globus Family of Brands and, most recently, Rocky Mountaineer. Trade partners are invited to contact Dianna at or on 1800 637 688.

Michael Woods has taken up the new role of Brand Marketing Manager to lead the company’s brand strategy. Michael brings more than 20 years’ travel industry experience, most recently heading up the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Turismo Chile accounts for global communications agency Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

Mark Lee brings over 10 years’ travel industry experience to the new role of Product Manager and will be responsible for developing the company’s already exciting range of products, itineraries and packages. Mark previously held the role of Product Manager with Insider Journeys (formerly Travel Indochina).

Within the Aurora Travel Agency Services team, Dominic Sasse joins the team from STA Travel as Reservations Manager andChristopher Bryan comes onboard as Reservations Consultant. Both will be responsible for servicing Aurora Expeditions direct clients and agency partners.

Finally, Ania Baranek joins the team as Expedition Team Coordinator, bringing eight years of guiding experience to assist in the recruitment and development of Aurora Expeditions world-class team of destination and expedition specialists.

Meet Aurora Expeditions’ full team at

Aurora Expeditions announced the launch of their first ever, purpose-built expedition ship in May 2017. The new ship will be delivered in time for the 2019/20 Antarctic season. For more information visit

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