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TOURCO expands groups department

TOURCO, a 27-year-old inbound Receptive Wholesaler, specializing in FIT and Group tours to the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada announced that it has hired Mark Turek, most recently Product Development Manager for the…

TOURCO, a 27-year-old inbound Receptive Wholesaler, specializing in FIT and Group tours to the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada announced that it has hired Mark Turek, most recently Product Development Manager for the Maine Office of Tourism, as Director of Group Sales.



Mr. Turek will oversee all group marketing efforts, both domestic and international; conduct sales calls and perform educational briefings for tour operators’ sales staffs to enhance product knowledge of the areas TOURCO features.

“We are thrilled to have Mark, with his extensive background in the travel and tourism industry on board to represent TOURCO,” says Jerry DiPietro, company president. “I have known Mark for years, first when he was the Director of Marketing and Sales for Thrifty Rental Cars; and then when he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Vermont Department of Tourism. Since he joined the Maine Office of Tourism, we have worked closely with him to develop exciting new tour product in the state, and throughout the region.”



As part of the reorganization and revitalization of TOURCO’s Groups Department, DiPietro also announced the promotion of Amy Weese to Group Sales Manager, and the hiring of Ellen Ojala as Groups Operations Manager.

Ms. Weese has worked for TOURCO for four years in Operations.



“She’s done a great job for us, and has developed a tremendous rapport with many of our clients,” Tara DeLisle, Operations Director, says. “We know she’ll succeed in her new role as Sales Manager.”



TOURCO has additionally hired Ellen Ojala as Operations Manager. In accepting this position, Ellen moved to Maine from Michigan, where she received a B.S. degree in Recreation and Tourism Resources.

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