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Press Release – Joshua Amiel joining MeritBiz as Vice President, Sales and Account Management

Toronto – March 19, 2018 – Merit Travel Group is eager to announce the appointment of Joshua Amiel as Vice President of Sales and Account Management for their corporate travel management division, MeritBiz.

Amiel will have overall responsibility for developing and implementing new sales and client retentions strategies for MeritBiz, as well as providing leadership to the Sales and Account Management teams. Working closely with Dirk Baerts, President, MeritBiz, Amiel will ensure successful alignment of sales and new business prospecting in support of business growth objectives.

“We welcome Joshua Amiel as a very strong addition to the team.” said Dirk Baerts, President, MeritBiz. Baerts added, “He brings a wealth of travel industry experience in sales and account management, with local, regional and global accounts. Our promise to clients is delivering high quality travel management services so they can focus on their core business, without travel becoming a time-consuming distraction. Joshua’s proven relationship building and leadership skills are an asset to our team and align well with our brand promise.”

Amiel agrees with the natural fit within MeritBiz, and went on to share, “I look forward to being part of a brand that has earned a reputation for service-centric corporate travel management. I am eager to lead the team into the next growth phase, as we look at new ways to expand on current client relationships and explore new opportunities that make sense in the market space. We are in a challenging but exciting time in our industry. To be relevant, we must understand our clients’ businesses, plans and goals, and consistently deliver on our promises to bring them easy and convenient travel management. MeritBiz has earned a reputation of doing just that, and I look forward to the continued progress we will achieve together, in this area.”

Joshua Amiel brings more than 15 years of travel industry experience to the role, in a combination of leisure, airline, teaching, travel management company (TMC) and tour operator roles. He holds a Bachelor of International Business from Carleton University as well as an MBA from Queen’s University. His experience includes Hotel Management in the Dominican Republic, Director of Product Development at Zoom Airlines & Go Travel Direct, as well as teaching as a part-time professor in Travel and Tourism at Algonquin College. Joshua’s TMC experience includes time both as a Global Business Manager where he was responsible for all aspects of client contracts, planning and execution, and as Senior Director of Global Sales responsible for the Canadian market. Joshua is an active member of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives [ACTE] and is currently the co-chair for Canada.

About Merit Travel Group
Merit Travel Group is a speciality travel company established in 1991 by Michael Merrithew and Louise de Grandpré. Now one of Canada’s largest independent travel companies with offices across Canada, Merit Travel services more than 350, 000 Canadians each year across their speciality brands; Merit Travel, Travelcuts, MeritBiz, Merit Loyalty and Exclusive Tours. Merit Travel Group is jointly owned by the Merrithew Family and Tokyo-based, H.I.S. Co. Ltd., one of the largest global travel networks.

For more information please visit www.merit.ca or contact: media@merit.ca

Luisa Pannozzi
Marketing Director
Merit Travel Group
416-364-3775 x 4216
luisa.pannozzi@merit.ca