Singita has appointed Léa Seguier as Sales Representation for Australia and New Zealand, effective February 1.

“Seguier is well known in the luxury travel sector in both countries and, due to her vast experience, is the ideal custodian for our highly valued travel partners in this region,” says Caroline Burke, GM Business Development at Singita. “Her passion for upmarket guest experiences and keen eye for the incredible potential of the luxury travel industry is evident, along with her extensive training and work ethic.”

Seguier has a degree in International Hospitality Management from the University of Surrey in the UK. She started as an intern at Belmond Hotel de la Cité in France, before being promoted to the sales team. She then moved to Australia to join Belmond Observatory Hotel’s sales team, and proceeded to secure a position as Business Development Manager at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney. Both roles enabled her to build strong relationships and contacts within the luxury travel sector.

 “I’ve always worked in the hospitality industry, with a strong focus on Australasia, and it was a natural next step to return. I believe that this clientele represents a huge potential for the luxury sector and am honoured to become the face of Singita – and bring its radiance to Australia and New Zealand,” she says.

Seguier is based in Australia and represents Singita exclusively, working closely with Caroline Burke to develop this market and look after valuable trade partnerships in the region.

Anthony Da Silva has been appointed GM of African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection in Magaliesburg, South Africa.

He started his career as an orientation trainee at Protea Hotel Gold Reef City back in 2005. After completing the in-service training programme, he went on to gain international experience in London before returning to South Africa where he re-joined the F&B team at Protea Hotel Gold Reef City.

Qantas has appointed Anna Pritchard as the airline’s new Regional General Manager for the UK, Africa, Europe, Middle East, and India. She joins the team in London.

Pritchard has been with Qantas for over eight years, previously holding the position of Qantas’s regulatory Head of Legal and Assistant Company Secretary with extensive experience in managing the airline’s alliances and commercial partnerships.

Qantas operates six flights a week between Johannesburg and Sydney, with daily services during peak periods.