of The Cruise Place in San Marcos,
Calif., was voted into his second term as president of the
Association of Travel Agents of America (ATTA) this month. Chaddow
heads the 2005 Board of Directors, which includes Hope Wallace
(vice president) of ADA Travel in Casa Grande, Ariz.; Joyce Qualls
(secretary) of Classic Travel in Albuquerque, N.Mex.; and Yves
Leuenberger (treasurer) of Avenues of the World in Flagstaff, Ariz.
New to ATAA’s Board is BJ Brooks of Tour West America in Phoenix,
the second largest privately held motorcoach company in Arizona.
Returning board members include Dean Bragg (Prescott Travel,
Prescott, Ariz.), Steve Hamilton (Cruise Innovations, Littleton,
Colo.), Bruce Iacobelli (Architects of Travel, Scottsdale, Ariz.),
Bobbi Kaplan (The Travel Gallery, Anaheim Hills, Calif.), Linda
Reitzell (Sunset Travel, Santa Rosa, Calif.) and Bonnie Waite
(Preferred Travel, Tempe, Ariz.).
Val Hardcastle, New GM at MiramonteVal Hardcastle
, previously the regional director
of operations for Marriott International, has been handed the reins
at Miramonte Resort & Spa, the 215-room Tuscan-style desert
resort in Indian Wells, Calif., which was purchased in December
2004 by Destinations Hotels & Resorts. Sarah Bowman, Marriott’s
1999 chef of the year, joins Hardcastle as executive chef, and John
Snicale, who worked for eight years under celebrity chef Roy
Yamaguchi at Roy’s Kahana Bar & Grill in Maui, is the new food
and beverage director.
Kris Potter Joins Apple
Apple Vacations has appointed Kris Potter
president marketing. Potter brings over 10 years marketing
experience to her new job; most recently she was vice president and
general manager of US Airways Vacations. Potter will lead, mentor
and provide vision to Apple Vacations’ advertising, graphics,
marketing and e-commerce teams as they position the company’s brand
in the marketplace. “We will work to create continuity and
recognition in the brand,” said Potter, “which inevitably will lead
to increasing the equity in the Apple Vacations name.” Apple
Vacations offers vacation packages to Hawaii, the Caribbean,
Mexico, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Bermuda, as well as U.S. and
Canadian ski packages.
Linahan to Newport Beach
The Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau named
as its new incentive travel industry
sales manager. Linahan will be responsible for marketing the
seaside California destination to group and individual tour and
incentive business travelers. A graduate of the Edward R. Murrow
School of Communication at Washington State University, previously,
Linahan was the national sales and marketing manager for the Big
Sky Resort in Big Sky, Mont., and the sales manager for The Coeur
d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. “I am very excited about
working with the great team in Newport Beach,” said Linahan.