Diplomatic Dinner

TravelAge West attended a dinner at the home of Japan’s Consul General Kazuo Kodama


By: By Marissa Tinloy

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Front row, third from left: Consul
General Kodama; to his left: Ambassador Noboru.

TravelAge West was among the participants at a dinner at the home of Japan’s Consul General Kazuo Kodama that brought together suppliers and others to discuss travel to Japan. In attendance was JNTO executive vice president and ambassador His Excellency Seiichiro Noboru, as well as Yasutake Tsukamoto, executive director of the JNTO in Los Angeles, representatives from American Airlines, LA Inc., Signet Tours, Yamato Travel Bureau, the University of Southern California, members of the media and more.



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Howard C. Karawan, a veteran of the leisure and gaming industry, was recently named Fontainebleau Resorts’ chief operating officer. The Las Vegas-based resort and casino developer, which includes a $2.9 billion resort to open on Las Vegas’ strip in fall 2009, alongside a $500 million renovation to be completed by summer 2008 in Miami Beach, looks forward to Karawan as the newest member of the team.

As COO, Karawan will oversee the company’s operations and be responsible for marketing, human resources and retail and information technology initiatives. He was previously the president of Kerzner International’s destination resorts business where he successfully contributed to the development of Atlantis as an international resort brand.



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A 12-year veteran of the hospitality industry and graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Jay Heidenreich has recently been named the new director of sales and marketing at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club.

In his new role at the resort, Heidenreich is responsible for implementing business plans to generate more sales in food, beverage and leisure and group rooms. Additionally, he heads the resort’s day-to-day endeavors in marketing, advertising and public relations.

Prior to joining the Marriott, Heidenreich worked at the Park Hyatt San Francisco and was the director of sales and marketing at the Princeville Resort. General manager Bill Countryman cites Heidenreich’s experience in both local and Mainland markets as a contribution to their team dynamic, and welcomes him to the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club.



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The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, LA Inc., has announced the appointment of Tamy Ly as the new manager of travel industry sales. In her new position, Ly is responsible for managing the development and on-site coordination of destination education tour programs, conducting direct sales activities with travel agents and tour operators and overseeing and coordinating bureau international sales missions in cooperation with overseas offices and vendors.

Previously, Ly worked as the marketing associate in LA Inc.’s promotions and product development, working on concepts such as the new “dineLA” program. Before coming to the bureau, Ly was a sales supervisor at Konigsberg Instruments Inc. and an account executive at Truth and Advertising.