INDUSTRY PEOPLE 10-27-2006

SITA KUDOS SITA World Tours, a leader in the exotic travel industry for 74 years, recently was named “Best Tour Operator to India from the Americas” by India’s Tourism Ministry officials during ASTA’s September trade show in Orlando. Roger Mahal, SITA chairman, said: “SITA’s continued efforts to e



SITA KUDOS
SITA World Tours, a leader in the exotic travel industry for 74 years, recently was named “Best Tour Operator to India from the Americas” by India’s Tourism Ministry officials during ASTA’s September trade show in Orlando. Roger Mahal, SITA chairman, said: “SITA’s continued efforts to expand its India product line as well as increase awareness of India has been noticed not only by the Ministry, but evident in the increase in demand by the American market through our important travel agent networks.”

The company’s 2007 product line includes India rail excursions, wildlife safaris and other excursions to worldwide destinations.
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SPEAKING OUT
In celebration of World Tourism Day, Ray Snisky, president of Funjet Vacations, delivered a speech at the Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, about the importance of tourism to Mexico’s economy. Speaking to a distinguished audience including President Vincente Fox, he outlined a long-term plan to ameliorate the health and welfare of Mexico residents. Snisky was the only vacation company executive speaking at the Sept. 27 event.

Funjet has been one of the leading U.S.-based vacation companies to Mexico since 1979.



TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO GALA
The Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Tourism hosted a gala cocktail reception at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center on Sept. 29, commemorating the historic visit of Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation to Trinidad. The Ministry also honoured the Trinidad and Tobago National Culinary Team with gold medals at the “Taste of the Caribbean” competition and presented awards to the winners of the Customer Satisfaction Survey for all registered accommodation properties in Trinidad and Tobago.



PRINCESS CROWNS NEW DIRECTOR
Princess Cruises recently named Richard “RJ” Forgham director of channel sales, the company segment dealing with business-building resources for home-based agents. He will also oversee innovation of sales tools to supplement the line’s popular POLAR Online booking engine and OneSource Academy training program. Jan Swartz, Princess senior vice president of customer service and sales, said: “Now with RJ’s appointment, we’ve dedicated a senior member of our team to better understand the needs of the home-based agent, and to focus on how we can further help build their business.”

Forgham has nearly 10 years of cruise industry experience, including four years as Princess’ manager of electronic distribution.



TIME FOR A CHANGE
Known for its value in resort condo rentals, ResorTime.com has hired Hannah Yco as its new business development manager.

“Her expertise developing and executing successful marketing campaigns in the travel industry will be an exceptional asset to the company,” said Sherri Weeks, general manager of ResorTime.com.

Yco, with more than 10 years marketing experience, will manage the company’s affiliate program and maintain relations with current partners.

ResorTime.com offers condo rentals in more than 3,000 vacation destinations worldwide.

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