ALTOUR Appoints Cindy D’Aoust to Lead Global MICE Businesses Under YES Banner

Sue Gill, founder of YES (Your Event Solutions), will take on a broader role as Senior Advisor to ALTOUR’s parent company

ALTOUR, the corporate division of Internova Travel Group, one of the world’s largest travel services companies, is pleased to announce the appointment of travel and hospitality industry veteran Cindy D’Aoust as Senior Vice President, Global MICE. She will lead ALTOUR’s growing meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) businesses, which have been merged under the YES (Your Event Solutions) brand.

At the same time, Sue Gill, the founder of YES, will transition to a broader position as a Senior Advisor to Internova’s leadership team. She will play a pivotal role in providing strategic direction for key initiatives and operational efficiencies across the company. Gill will also play a keen role advising D’Aoust in her position as the new leader of YES.

ALTOUR’s MICE businesses include YES, the event planning agency started by Gill in 2001 in the United Kingdom and acquired by Internova in 2019; the MICE divisions of ALTOUR and Travel Leaders Corporate in the United States; and On Tempo, the event planning division of Corporate Travel Services (CTS), based in Mexico City.

D’Aoust joins ALTOUR with a diverse background in travel and hospitality, spanning key leadership roles in the MICE, hotel and cruise industries. Over a career of more than 20 years, she has served as President of American Queen Voyages; President of Hospitality for Cape Resorts; President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association, the world’s largest cruise industry trade group; Chief Operating Officer of Meeting Professionals International and Senior Vice President at Maritz Travel Company, leading their strategic meeting management operations.

D’Aoust’s experience set will complement Gill’s entrepreneurial style and legacy, with the goal of further scaling ALTOUR’s MICE businesses and continuing to develop the amazing global talent that Gill has assembled.

Gill has enjoyed a 30-year career in the travel industry, including extensive experience with tour operations, travel agency management, overseas representation, travel marketing and MICE businesses. Under her guidance, YES has become one of the most respected business event solution providers in the world, offering a flexible, bespoke approach to both customers and partners.

“I’m proud to welcome Cindy to our company and excited for what Sue will accomplish in her new role,” said Gabe Rizzi, President, ALTOUR. “By adding Cindy to our team and broadening Sue’s focus to include all of Internova, we are confident that our YES business will continue to grow.”

The combined businesses of YES have delivered amazing experiences to 226,200 attendees at more than 7,675 events across 66 countries in the last 12 months, proving they can bring audiences together no matter where they are in the world, in person and virtually. 

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ALTOUR is one of the largest travel management companies in the United States and around the world serving the corporate and leisure luxury and mid-markets and entertainment community. ALTOUR is part of Internova Travel Group, which is the highest-ranking American corporate travel management company, according to Business Travel News.