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February 14, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Ensemble Travel Group has appointed a well-known travel industry figure as its director service delivery. He starts work today.

Ensemble has appointed David Smith to the role. Previously commercial analyst at CT Partners, Smith has also held senior roles at Jetset Travelworld, Qantas, Flight Centre and Air New Zealand.

Smith’s 15 years of sales and distribution experience in the airline, travel and retail industries will now be deployed to benefit Ensemble, as the North American agency group continues to expand in Australasia.

David Smith

Established in 1968, Ensemble Travel Group is a member-owned organisation of approximately 850 high-end independent travel agencies in the US and Canada. Its newly expanded international presence takes in Australia and New Zealand.

“Ensemble’s membership base in Australia and New Zealand has grown rapidly and will continue to do so throughout 2017, and David’s appointment reflects our commitment to securing the best in the business to support our members,” said Trish Shepherd, Ensemble’s senior vice president and general manager.

“David’s experience in successfully negotiating and implementing complex deals as well as his extensive network of contacts further strengthens Ensemble’s ability to deliver outstanding value and advantage in this market.”

Shepherd said that in “an industry that is evolving as rapidly as ours, the biggest challenge agents face is keeping up.

“Being part of Ensemble allows them to do that and means access to the significant market advantage of Ensemble’s relationships with industry leading suppliers, as well as market- leading technology, marketing and new luxury products and experiences.”

Written by Peter Needham

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