Grand Opening in San Diego

Food and beverage manager Reggie Parks celebrates with fellow employee Claudia Crespin. San Diego Marriott food and beverage manager Reggie Parks and fellow employee Claudia Crespin joined with local dignitaries and other hotel staff at “San Diego’s Largest Champagne Toast” on Jan. 13. The eve





Food and beverage manager Reggie Parks celebrates with fellow employee Claudia Crespin.

San Diego Marriott food and beverage manager Reggie Parks and fellow employee Claudia Crespin joined with local dignitaries and other hotel staff at “San Diego’s Largest Champagne Toast” on Jan. 13. The event celebrated the grand opening of the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, a 306-room luxury hotel located one block from San Diego’s Petco Park. A giant 15-liter bottle of champagne was uncorked to mark the opening of the Stanford Hotel property, which was restored for an unprecedented $45 million.




SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM WINS

The 15th Annual Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association honored South African Tourism and its agency, The Portfolio Marketing Group, with a Platinum Award for South Africa’s 10th Anniversary Celebrity Chefs’ Tour, a special events campaign designed to raise awareness of South Africa as a destination. From left, above: Robert A. Gilbert, President/HSMAI; John Bateman, Acting Country Manager, South African Tourism; Judy Pillay, Operations Manager, South African Tourism; Noel Mignott, President, The Portfolio Marketing Group; Maureen O’Hanlon, Board of Directors/HSMAI.




SAN DIEGO PATA CELEBRATES
Chapter members enjoy the party as the San Diego chapter of the Pacific Asia Travel Association celebrated its 25th anniversary on Nov. 16 at the El Prado Restaurant in Balboa Park.

The event was sponsored by the Mexico Tourism Board of Los Angeles. From left, above: Debbie Cowles, Regency Travel of San Diego; Amy Bianchi, Account Rep., Runaway Tours; John Gilruth, Corp. Sales Manager, The Villa Group; Carmen Figueroa, San Diego Sales Rep., for Vacations for Less and Royal Solaris Hotel.




FAIRMONT NAMES NEW CFO
John Carnella has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc., effective March 1. He will report to William Fatt, Fairmont’s CEO.

Carnella recently served as senior vice president of finance and treasurer of Host Marriott Corporation. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School for Business.


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