Famous First Steps

Buzz Aldrin may have been the second man to walk on the moon, but he was the first to walk out over the Grand Canyon along the new 4,000-foot-high Skywalk. On March 20, Aldrin and his wife, Lois, made history as the first people to use the new walkway, extending 70 feet over the canyon’s rim with the Col


Buzz Aldrin may have been the second man to walk on the moon, but he was the first to walk out over the Grand Canyon along the new 4,000-foot-high Skywalk. On March 20, Aldrin and his wife, Lois, made history as the first people to use the new walkway, extending 70 feet over the canyon’s rim with the Colorado River rushing below.

The Skywalk, a U-shaped glass walkway, gives clients a bird’s-eye view of the famous landmark and is the first of its kind in the world. It is located at Eagle’s Point, where guests enter and exit The Skywalk through temporary buildings. A Visitor’s Center is currently being constructed adjacent to the walkway and will open later this year.

The Skywalk officially welcomed the public on March 28 and is open daily from dawn until dusk. The entrance fee is $25 per person, with a Grand Canyon West entrance package.



HTA Hires New Marketing Director
The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) hired industry veteran David Uchiyama to be its new marketing director. His responsibilities will include oversight of all marketing contracts for leisure marketing and business marketing, including the Hawaii Convention Center and sporting events.

Uchiyama most recently held the position of regional director of communications for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Hawaii and French Polynesia, where he handled marketing and communications for more than 10 years. Before joining Starwood, he worked for Paradise Cruises and also served as vice president of Gray Line Hawaii.

“With his diverse background in tourism, we look forward to the marketing expertise that David will bring to the position,” said Rex Johnson, president and CEO of HTA. “He will play a vital role in making sure that the marketing vision and programs for our state help us meet our goals.”



S’prayoon Moves to St. Regis Shanghai
The St. Regis Hotel, Shanghai, appointed Tom S’prayoon as director of sales and marketing.

S’prayoon has over 13 years of sales and marketing experience in world-class hotels and resorts in Thailand. Before joining the St. Regis, he most recently held the position of director of sales and marketing at Millennium Hilton Bangkok.

In his new position, S’prayoon will be overseeing all sales and marketing activities and strategies for the hotel.

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