FAB FUN WITH SMALL LUXURY HOTELS

Los Angeles-area travel agents were treated to a taste of the good life, when Small Luxury Hotels of the World came to town for its first annual Los Angeles Gala on Oct. 12 at House of Petals in West Hollywood. The event featured representatives from a number of the group’s luxury properties around the w


Los Angeles-area travel agents were treated to a taste of the good life, when Small Luxury Hotels of the World came to town for its first annual Los Angeles Gala on Oct. 12 at House of Petals in West Hollywood. The event featured representatives from a number of the group’s luxury properties around the world, as the brand welcomed several new additions to the collection, including Inkaterra Machu Pichu in Peru, Correntoso Lake & River Hotel in Argentina, Covecastles in Anguilla and Lanson Place in Hong Kong. Event guests were also treated to free massages, manicures and pedicures and a raffle.

CARNIVAL NAMES NEW VICE PRESIDENT

Gordon Buck, a 20-year veteran of the cruise industry, has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president Caribbean relations at Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines. Buck will oversee the line’s port agents and port contracts for all Carnival ships operating in the Caribbean, Yucatan and South and Central America. He will also serve as a liaison with local government agencies.

“As the Carnival organization has grown, so has our need for a dedicated liaison with the dozens of Caribbean destinations where our ships sail. Gordon is the ideal candidate for this job, possessing extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of Caribbean cruise operations,” said Brendan Corrigan, Carnival’s senior vice president, marine operations.

Buck began his career with Carnival when he joined Concord Nopal Lines, a subsidiary of Carnival, as an equipment manager in 1978. He later became operations supervisor at Carnival, then port operations manager and director of port operations. He became vice president of port operations in 2005. A resident of Miami, Buck has a master’s degree in business administration from Lehigh University.



AGENT CHOICE AWARDS

Winners for the Island Destinations’ Agent Choice Awards were announced at the annual Island Destinations Travelers Collection Launch party in New York City. Over 150 leisure travel agents attended the invitation-only awards ceremony held at the St. Regis New York in New York City. Similar events in Boston and Washington D.C. have already taken place, and receptions in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Florida and Los Angeles are scheduled.


TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS WINS JURNI AWARD

At the Jurni Network Annual Conference held at the South Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Travel Impressions was named the winning company in the Jurni Network preferred supplier awards program for Best Sales Support to member agents.

“We are pleased to be awarded this recognition and honored that Jurni agents selected us ...,” said Bob Pieri, manager, national accounts consortia, for Travel Impressions. “We value and appreciate travel agents and will continue to offer them the best possible service.”



HYATT UNVEILS AGENT PROGRAM AT AWARDS

Hyatt Resorts held its third annual travel agent awards event Nov. 3 and 4 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif. Travel agent Aggie Lewis of Gaffney Travel in Oak Lawn, Ill., received the 2006 Paradise for Life award, a lifetime timeshare at Hyatt’s Coconut Plantation Vacation Club Resort in Naples, Fla.

The evening culminated with an announcement unveiling Hyatt’s new 2007 travel agent incentive programs. The Slice of Paradise program has been amended and a new program, the Recommend Reward program, will provide monthly recognition for two agents.

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