Direct Travel Adds Doug Paterson To Its Leisure Supplier Management Team

Doug Paterson joins Direct Travel. Rene Schneeberger moves up.

Direct Travel has announced the hiring of Doug Paterson as Director, Leisure Supplier Management, reporting to Rene Schneeberger who has been elevated to Vice President, Leisure Supplier Management.


“Hiring Doug is the next step in our growth plans throughout North America,“ stated Rene Schneeberger. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and will strengthen our team and more importantly our partnerships with our strategic partners.” 


Paterson is a former Golf Professional at Toronto’s Royal Woodbine. He spent several years as a product and marketing manager with Ultimate Golf & Ski Vacations and several years with Merit Travel after it acquired Ultimate Golf & Ski. Most recently, Paterson was VP, Product & Marketing for Merit Travel.


“I am thrilled to elevate Rene to a larger role,” added Gerard Bellino, Executive Vice President, Leisure Travel, Direct Travel.  “Our partner relationships are such a key component to our growth goals, our expanding ITA program and our overall success as the premier leisure travel organization within North America.”


Direct Travel is a member of luxury travel network Virtuoso, and was recently listed at #8 on the Travel Weekly Power List.

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