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House of Travel Holdings and New Zealand owned and operated travel management company Orbit Christchurch have announced that Alistair Cran, one of the founding Orbit partners, is stepping back from his role as a director.
Al Cran has been the owner-operator and director of Orbit Christchurch for 22 years and has overseen significant growth of the business over that time.
After two decades of growing Orbit Christchurch to become a significant player in the New Zealand corporate travel market, he is resigning as a director effective April 1, 2024, but will remain involved with the Orbit brand.
“It has been an incredible journey with the Orbit Group, which is now the largest travel management company in New Zealand,” says Al.
“It feels like the right time for me to move into other opportunities, but as anyone who has worked in the industry knows, the love of travel is in the blood, so I’m looking forward to continuing working with the Orbit Group in a consultancy capacity on a strategic level.
Al will be replaced by Craig Jenkinson, who will take up the director role alongside Marc Bartram. Marc has been a director since 2008 and will step into the position of MD of Orbit Christchurch.
Craig is well placed to take on this new leadership role, having been in the Orbit Group since 2010 and is currently the Orbit Christchurch sales manager.
House of Travel Group strategy and corporate director Niall White thanked Al for his dedication and is looking forward to working with him in this new capacity.
“The Orbit business is seeing growth and innovation in a number of areas. Having Al continue to contribute in this national capacity is fantastic for the Orbit Group and will ensure we maintain momentum.”
Al says he is excited to spend some time working ‘on’ the business with so many new and exciting opportunities ahead.
“The Orbit business is looking to continue to innovate across all parts of the mix and staying involved at this strategic level is a very exciting opportunity.”