FAM on the Run!

This past December, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s (LVCVA) held its first-ever client familiarization tour centered around the New Las Vegas Marathon and put a fresh spin on the way travel industry professionals tour the city. “Fam tours typically include entertainment, dining and v


This past December, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s (LVCVA) held its first-ever client familiarization tour centered around the New Las Vegas Marathon and put a fresh spin on the way travel industry professionals tour the city.

“Fam tours typically include entertainment, dining and visits to properties around town, but we thought the marathon was a great event to attract clients to visit, or revisit, the destination,” said Michael Goldsmith, director of convention sales, LVCVA.

More than 40 participants, from travel agents to meeting planners to trade show organizers, ran in either the half- or full-length version of the marathon on Dec. 10, 2006, which started and ended on the Las Vegas Strip. The group represented the LVCVA as Team “Only Vegas” and donned official custom uniforms. Attendees began their stays with a spa visit on Friday at one of several resorts in the area, then attended either the National Finals Rodeo or a Las Vegas show Friday evening, indulged in a carb-loading meal on Saturday night and finished with a celebration dinner following the marathon.


FUNJET VACATIONS REWARDS TOP-SELLING AGENTS

In keeping with its commitment to travel agents, Funjet Vacations sent the 101 top-booking agents nationwide of Las Vegas packages to Vegas for a chance to win an array of prizes, including the grand prize a new 2007 Cadillac CTS. Finalists were randomly chosen to try their keys in the car on Dec. 12, 2006. The third to try her key, Colleen Kerr of Cruise Connections in Winston Salem, N.C., walked away with the brand-new luxury Cadillac.

“I cannot believe I won a car,” said Kerr. “Funjet Vacations is a great company with a wonderful support team. This made it very easy to sell one of my favorite destinations, Las Vegas, and qualify.”

“This is an event that we really look forward to each year. It’s really all about collaboration and creatively recognizing a job well done. This event truly defines the outstanding relationship we have with the agents, LVCVA and our hotel suppliers,” said Ray Snisky, president of Funjet Vacations.


THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN PROMOTES GERSONDE

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii announced the promotion of Jon Gersonde to general manager of The Royal Hawaiian.

Gersonde joined The Royal Hawaiian as hotel manager in 2005. With his promotion to general manager, Gersonde now oversees the hotel’s management team and ensures that the overall standards for guest service, decor, housekeeping, food quality and banquet operations are upheld at the 528-room hotel.

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