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August 28, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Tour East Holdings has appointed Jeff Skinner to the role of general manager, Tour East Australia. He will be based in the company’s Kent Street, Sydney offices.

Announcing the appointment, the company’s Singapore-based chief executive and president, Shigeyuki Suzuki, said Skinner would take immediate responsibility for all aspects of the company’s Australian international inbound operation.

The role will also include responsibility for the company’s Indian operation into Australia.

Skinner is well known on the Australian travel industry scene, having previously worked in general manager roles with Tourism Queensland, Territory Discoveries, the Sydney Aquarium Group and the Gazebo Hotel Group. He was also head of marketing at Qantas & Viva Holidays’ ‘Readyrooms’ division.

Skinner’s overseas experience includes a managing director role in the UK with Top Deck Travel’s wholesale division before he relocated to Australia to manage the company when it became part of the Flight Centre Travel Group.

Immediately before his appointment with Tour East, Skinner directed the Dynamic Tourism Group and was chairman of the Global Tourism Network, organisations he founded in 2013.

Suzuki said Skinner was well respected on both the Australian and international travel scene and had a proven, results-driven management background.

“We see him as being instrumental in consolidating Tour East Australia’s strong position in this key area of our business and further building growth.”

Tour East Australia began operations in July 2007 and is owned by the Qantas Group and Holiday Tours and Travel in Singapore.

Edited by Peter Needham

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