Agents Explore the New Frontier in Los Cabos

A group of travel agents from Northern California pose with their coconut refreshments during a site inspection at Dreams Los Cabos. Agents flew in on Frontier’s new nonstop Sacramento to Los Cabos service for the fam trip, sponsored by Frontier and Apple Vacations. New Chairman Takes Hel


A group of travel agents from Northern California pose with their coconut refreshments during a site inspection at Dreams Los Cabos. Agents flew in on Frontier’s new nonstop Sacramento to Los Cabos service for the fam trip, sponsored by Frontier and Apple Vacations.



New Chairman Takes Helm at Hong Kong Tourism Board

The Hong Kong Tourism Board announced the appointment of James Tien Pei-chun as its new chairman to replace Selina Chow.

A member of the Legislative Council since 1988, Tien is also chairman of the Liberal Party and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Consultative Conference, Hong Kong.

As chairman of the Legislative Council Economic Services Panel for the past nine years, Tien brings experience in Hong Kong’s economic sectors, including tourism. He was also chairman of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 1998, and remains a general committee member of the chamber, as well as the Federation of Hong Kong Industries.



China Travel Service Welcomes Shum

Lily Shum has been appointed as vice president of marketing and business development for China Travel Service (U.S.A.) as of May 1.

Shum was previously regional director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board and was instrumental in bringing over 2,000 agents to Hong Kong for the ASTA Conference and over 1,000 SITE members to the SITE Conference in Hong Kong. Shum also led the post-SARS rebound of traffic to Hong Kong with a dynamic Partnership Program involving five airlines and 29 wholesalers.



New Pan Pacific Seattle General Manager

John Stoddard has assumed the position of general manager for the recently opened Pan Pacific Seattle, according to Steve Halliday, vice chairman of Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts, North America.

Stoddard was general manager for the Wilshire Grand Hotel & Centre in Los Angeles since 1998, where he was responsible for all operations of the 900-room convention hotel and 165,000 square feet of office space.

Stoddard also served as general manager for Park Lane Hotels International’s Parc Fifty Five Hotel in San Francisco from 1992-1998, and has held several management positions at a variety of properties, including the Hyatt Regency San Francisco and the San Francisco Marriott, both in San Francisco; the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame, Calif.; the Lincolnshire Resort Marriott in Lincolnshire, Ill.; Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Stateline, Nev.; the Hyatt Lake Tahoe Hotel & Casino in Incline Village, Nev.; and the Seattle Hyatt House in Seattle.

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