Destination Planning Manager

Title Destination Planning Manager
Category Corporate
Job Information

The Destination Planning Manager is responsible for the research and development of global experiences consistent with Resident preferences that will exceed Resident and Guest satisfaction in bringing the Destination Alive.

SUMMARY OF KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Research and develop global Destination Experiences (including destinations, local, annual and special events in each port, regattas, carnivals, film festivals, etc.) for allocated ports
  • Create one night overnight Destination Experiences in selected destinations as directed by Director, Destination Services
  • Conduct scouting trips for upcoming ports taking Destination Experiences and concierge needs into account (approximate yearly travel time is estimated to be 8-10 weeks)
  • Contract Negotiation – perform cost comparisons and analyze competitive bids from DMCs, including confidential comparison sheet (CPS), manage vendor contracts, oversee payments for designated regions
  • Support the Concierge Teams needs in relation to successful execution of Destination Experiences

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 6+ years’ experience in five-star/luxury Shore Excursions, International Tour/Travel Operations, International Group Travel Operations, Resort or Cruise Line, Private Travel Company, Event Management with experience in creating unique and authentic programs
  • Strong global destination experience from a luxury travel perspective
  • Strong world-wide knowledge of geography and Destination offerings
  • BA/BS 4 year degree or foreign equivalency
  • Excellent research skills
  • Proficient in MS office to include, Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook
  • Must have superior command of the English language, both verbal & written
  • Must be able to travel based on job demands and requirements (Approximate yearly travel time is estimated to be 8-10 weeks).
  • Proven ability to create evocative and noteworthy travel experiences including such things as media accolades
  • Extensive destination knowledge from living/studying in foreign countries
  • Product development background with extensive industry connections
  • Copywriting qualifications a plus
 
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