Wholesale custom tour operator Avanti Destinations has appointed Gina Bang as chief sales and marketing officer, reporting directly to CEO Paul Barry.
Bang has been with Avanti for 21 years, most recently serving as director of marketing. Starting as a customer service representative, Bang’s other positions have included: manager of inside sales; product manager for Central and Northern Europe; and senior manager of inside sales and marketing, where she was responsible for maintaining and developing relationships with consortia, as well as tourist boards and other industry partners on joint marketing efforts.
“My first priority is growing the sales team; we will be making new hire announcements soon,” said Bang. “I’m committed to building long-term relationships, delivering exceptional service, and making it easy for our valued travel advisors to create and sell custom FIT travel.”
Since 1981, Avanti Destinations has been selling independent travel products and custom-crafted vacations in 57 countries in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the South Pacific, and Central and South America exclusively through travel advisors. The Portland, Oregon-based wholesale tour operator offers a range of FIT components to travel advisors only, including air, rail, rental cars, hotels, sightseeing/attractions, transfers and hard-to-find experiential travel options. Avanti specializes in hand-picked, locally owned hotels in both large and small cities and in connecting all the pieces of complex, multi-destination itineraries. The company also creates complete packages for custom groups of 15 to 100 passengers.
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