Melissa da Silva to Succeed Paul Wiseman as President at Trafalgar, Brendan

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Paul Wiseman

The Travel Corporation (TTC) has announced that Paul Wiseman, president of Trafalgar USA and Brendan Vacations, is relinquishing his role at the helm after 10 years in order to run his owns training business focused on leadership and development.

Wiseman will be succeeded by TTC colleague and current Contiki Holidays USA President Melissa da Silva, TTC said. Da Silva will be promoted to the Trafalgar leadership role effective June 5, following four years managing Contiki and more than two decades in the industry.

With 20 years’ experience selling guided holidays for Trafalgar and Contiki, Wiseman has led the two flagship TTC brands both in the United States and Australia and recently assumed the management of Brendan Vacations, TTC said. In his new capacity, Wiseman will work alongside Trafalgar to deliver enhanced collaborative support for trade partners.


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Wiseman will remain with Trafalgar until July 28, with his new business venture commencing July 31. Da Silva’s successor at Contiki will be announced shortly, TTC said.

Melissa da Silva

The move comes as The Travel Corporation is expanding its presence on the East Coast with a new office in New York City, which is overseen by former Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Guy Young. In addition to the New York office, TTC is also hiring 18 sales associates across its brands to work with travel agents on the East Coast.

TTC also recently launched the new TTC Agent Academy training program for travel agents, developed in conjunction with Questex, the parent company of Travel Agent Central.

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