Morristown, New Jersey – April 6, 2016 – CIE Tours International has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Elizabeth Crabill as Chief Executive Officer and member of its Board of Directors. Elizabeth takes over the position from Brian Stack, who has retired after 25 years with the company, and will transition into a role as President Emeritus of CIE Tours. “I am excited to join the team at CIE Tours, taking over the helm from Brian who has led the company through many years of growth, always with integrity and the highest commitment to customer satisfaction and quality of travel experience. The team has achieved a well-earned position as the leader in Ireland and Britain travel, and I look forward to capturing that momentum and creating future growth through new products, online tools and expanded customer support services.” With her dynamic experience in the travel industry, Elizabeth brings marketing, sales and growth experience to her new position. Most recently, she served as President of Travel Bound and GTA North America. Previously she worked at Lindblad Expeditions as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, after several years leading marketing at Travel Impressions. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and also attended the University of Cordoba in Spain. The entire team at CIE Tours extends a warm welcome to Elizabeth and looks forward to working with her to continue strengthening the company’s position as the leading provider of vacations to Ireland and Britain. About CIE Tours InternationalFor the past 84 years, CIE Tours International has provided travellers with the highest quality holiday experience to Ireland Scotland, England and Wales. CIE has held their reputation in the travel industry by providing customers with value, security, reliability, and of course satisfaction. Tour directors give passengers the opportunity to learn not only the culture and history of the destinations they are visiting, but also to experience the delights of local food, comfortable transportation, and other amenities to guarantee a first class holiday. CIE Tours sells an Irish Self-Drive Holiday to enable customers to mix and match to create their perfect holiday to Ireland. CIE Tours also formed a new specialty Chauffeur Program designed for people looking for an independent luxury experience to Ireland and Britain. What makes CIE Tours unique in comparison to other tour companies is how truly they listen to their customers and use their feedback and suggestions to update itineraries as well as improve their selection of tours every year. With the continuous support from travel partners, CIE Tours has been able to increase their collection with 7 new escorted tours for 2016. All CIE Tours travel programs are protected by the company’s €400+ Advantage, a no-fee benefit guaranteeing that travellers are never charged for special features considered optional extras with other tour companies. This benefit saves couples an average of €400 per week.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Nova Scotia Destination of Choice forCreditek A newly established business process outsourcing operation islooking to hire more than 100 financial and accounting employeesfor its Halifax location over the course of the next year. NewJersey-based Creditek Corporation manages receivables for anumber of Fortune 1500 companies that include leaders in theconsumer packaged goods and health-care sectors. Creditek’s Halifax location marks the company’s first Canadianoperations. “We are pleased that Creditek has made Nova Scotiatheir first Canadian choice for growth, and it speaks well of thebusiness advantages that exist in our province,” said EconomicDevelopment Minister Ernie Fage. “Creditek places a high value onthe education level of our workforce and, by choosing NovaScotia, they are helping us send a strong message to theinternational business community that we’re an excellent locationfor business.” “We are extremely pleased with the talent we are attracting inHalifax,” said Regina Paolillo, president and CEO of Creditek.”Our planned growth requires a workforce that is well educated,experienced, energetic, innovative and customer focused. That’swhy we chose Halifax as a partner and location for our firstoffshore service centre and we couldn’t be happier with theresults.” Creditek has signed a four-year payroll rebate agreement withNova Scotia Business Inc. that will see the company set upinitial operations in Halifax and explore another expansionoutside of Halifax in year two of the agreement. Should thecompany meet all of its obligations, and create up to 240 jobs inthe process, it will be eligible to receive $1.7 million over thecourse of the agreement. “Business process outsourcing companies like Creditek present amajor opportunity for us because outsourcing has become the normfor many U.S.-based businesses,” said Stephen Lund, president andCEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “Our province is well positionedas an outsourcing alternative to locations in India and Chinabecause we lack the geopolitical risks, we share the same cultureas the United States, and our workforce measures up with anylocation in the world.” Creditek staff require a college diploma or university degree inbusiness or accounting, or several years of experience in theindustry. The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) providedinitial workplace training for staff in Creditek’s appliedcustomer service training. “NSCC believes it’s important to be proactive in businessdevelopment activity that impacts the economic progress of NovaScotia,” said Ken Jones, dean, customized training and part-timeStudies, NSCC. “We can provide various levels of trainingincluding curriculum development and delivery, which we customizeto meet the needs of individual business operations –telecommunications, customer service and management are threespecific areas of focus.” For more information on employment opportunities with Creditek,contact Sharon Ayres at 1-800-216-4000 ext. 333 or via e-mail [email protected] . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s business developmentagency, an organization that works with companies to providebusiness solutions. The private sector-led agency works toattract new businesses to the province and help those already inNova Scotia expand through services such as export developmentand financing.