Tourism Cares Appoints New CEO

by Jessica Montevago
Tourism Cares Appoints New CEO

Paula Vlamings

Tourism Cares has named Paula Vlamings as chief executive officer, effective immediately, replacing Mike Rea, who led the philanthropic organization for five years.

Vlamings will be based in Boston and direct the team from the Tourism Cares headquarters in Norwood, Massachusetts.

She is the former executive director of G Adventures’ philanthropic arm, The Planeterra Foundation. Prior, she served in the role of senior sustainability leadership for the Golden Gate National Park's Conservancy’s Institute at the Golden Gate.

Rea will assist in the transition process and stay on to serve as senior program advisor. He will remain in Seattle, where he will focus on building partnerships on the West Coast, as well program impact and strategy.

“This transition reflects both our strong growth over the last several years and our commitment to harness the power of change through travel,” Tourism Cares Board Chairman Derek Hydon said. “With new leadership and enhanced capacity in social enterprise development, we’ll deepen the impact of our initiatives and the value we provide our 200-plus members, our incredible partner network and the beneficiaries of our programs.”

Tourism Cares aims to help the travel and tourism industry give back to travel through volunteer events, scholarships, and grants. Its most recent endeavor, Tourism Cares with Jordan, brought together a coalition of 70 travel industry representatives. They launched the Meaningful Travel Map of Jordan, which promotes a dozen social suppliers that apply tourism to address pressing local issues and bring income to local communities.

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
How One Advisor Turned an Accent into an Asset

Marie Rosenbaum came to America as an exchange student when she was 17. Today, she is building her year-old travel business selling Club Med to European customers in the middle of the night.

Improving Your Vision: Toronto Raptors, Deviled Details and Travel Advisors

Here are actionable ideas to establish a vision for your agency business, and the practical steps that will help you bring it to fruition.

Norwegian Cruise Line Names New Chief Sales Officer

The new appointee will manage all third-party booking channels for the cruise line, including NCL’s travel advisor partners.

Air Canada Bolsters its Global Sales Team

The airline made several new appointments to help further expand and refine its global sales strategy.

Working from Home, Serious Advisors Make the Switch

It’s hard work, but it’s worth the freedom to work when you want and with whom you want, says the growing force of home-based agents.

BCD Travel Acquires Milwaukee-Based Adelman Travel Group

The full-service travel management company adds more than 300 people with combined annual sales of $675 million to the BCD global network.

News Briefs
Tip of the Day

As travel advisors, we have to be curious. Curiosity leads to impactful connections that pave our road to success. - Jenn Lee, VP of Sales and Marketing, Travel Planners International

Daily Top List

U.S. Airports with Shortest Security Wait Times

1. Salt Lake City International

2. Washington Dulles International

3. Boston Logan International

4. Minneapolis-St. Paul International

5. Charlotte Douglas International

Source: TMR

TMR Outlooks