Chris Rankin to lead Cruise1st as GM Australia

first_imgCruise1st has announced its appointment of Qantas veteran Chris Rankin to the role of General Manager, Australia.Mr Rankin will drive the growth of Cruise1st’s Australian business, which launched in July 2010.Most recently the general manager for wholesale of Jetset Travelworld, Mr Rankin was previously commercial general manager for Qantas Holidays. He began his career with Qantas Holidays in the UK, where he held several roles including leisure sales manager UK and Ireland, before relocating to Sydney in 2007.“We are very excited to welcome someone of Chris Rankin’s calibre into the Cruise1st family and we are confident that Chris will help Cruise1st become the number one player in cruise retail in Australia,” managing director of Cruise1st UK, Daniel Townsley, said.Based in the United Kingdom, Cruise1st has become one of the largest online cruise travel providers in the UK market place. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

BP invests in Chinese charging platform PowerShare

first_imgBP Ventures has invested in Powershare, a Chinese provider of integrated hardware and software for EV charging, during a Series A funding round.PowerShare offers an online platform that connects drivers, charge point operators, and power suppliers. The company’s cloud-based system allows power suppliers to continuously monitor the power demand from vehicles and balance it with the supply capacity of the grid.“China is the world’s largest EV market and a key market for BP as we seek to expand our advanced mobility offer,” said Lamar McKay, Deputy Chief Executive of BP. “Our investment into PowerShare, BP Ventures’ first direct investment in China, demonstrates our continued intent to provide charging solutions and advanced mobility offers to Chinese consumers both on and off our forecourts.” Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Source: BPlast_img read more