CTS Hosts China Fam Trip

In February, China Travel Service hosted a China fam trip for travel agents who spent nine days touring Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuzi, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. The tour was particularly enjoyable for participants. “This group of travel agents had great chemistry, and made the trip so enjoyable for everyone in th


In February, China Travel Service hosted a China fam trip for travel agents who spent nine days touring Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuzi, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. The tour was particularly enjoyable for participants. “This group of travel agents had great chemistry, and made the trip so enjoyable for everyone in the group,” said CTS tour leader Christina Liadis.

Front row, left to right: Judy, Suzhou guide; Gu Yuhua; Amy Loi; Lin Winetrub; Caroline Jouxtel, China Travel Service; and Pat Hammond. Back row, left to right: Tina Chan; Sandy Edwards; Mimi Knox; Christina Liadis, China Travel Service; MariAnn Robson; Nancy C. Sloan; Mario Gutierrez; Geetha Pradeep; Christopher Batin, TravelAge West; Beate Methfessel; Paul Wang; and Kris Pradeep


Von Imhoff Honored as Resort Executive of the Year




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Alaska tourism industry professional Chris von Imhoff has been honored as the Resort Executive of the Year (2005) by hospitality and resort industry leaders convening at the 2006 Resort Management Conference. Imhoff, vice president and managing director for the renowned Alyseka Resort, Seibu, in Alaska, is the 32nd individual to be honored with this hospitality industry award.

The Resort Executive of the Year is awarded to the resort executive who has demonstrated superior management ability, a commitment to staff training and motivation, active participation and leadership in lodging industry association activities, support of legislation beneficial to the lodging industry and community leadership.

A career tourism industry professional, Imhoff has spent the past 42 years fostering the growth of the travel and tourism industry primarily in Alaska, where he emigrated in 1963 from Germany.


Torchiana Appointed Managing Director




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Destination Hotels & Resorts has appointed Maynard Torchiana as managing director of Wailea Beach Villas. With more than 33 years of hospitality experience, Torchiana will be responsible for managing all aspects of the new oceanfront residences slated to open in May.

Torchiana has been part of the Destination Hotels & Resorts since 1978 and is currently the executive vice president for Destination Resorts Hawaii. Prior to this role, Torchiana served as the regional vice president for Destination Resorts Management and was responsible for resort properties in Vail, Aspen and Steamboat Springs, Colo.


Trafalgar Announces Sweepstakes Winner




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Trafalgar has announced that Suzanne Kent from Chattanooga, Tenn., has been drawn as the first winner of $10,000 in its Sensational Agent Sweepstakes.

Kent was recently presented with her prize by Trafalgar president John Severini at her office. Winners of the free trip to Europe for two are Dawn Lechner from Wichita, Kan., and Mary Newell from Springfield, Mo. Every agent booking until May 15 will be entered into Trafalgar’s sweepstakes where agents can win up to $20,000 or a European vacation for two plus air.

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