INDUSTRY PEOPLE 3-17-2006

ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Peggy Peterka, western region marketing manager for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and TravelAge West’s Editor-in-Chief, Ken Shapiro, partied in Bangkok at the kick-off celebration for the 2006 Thailand Grand Invitation Campaign. The gala reception, held on the beautiful


ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK


Peggy Peterka, western region marketing manager for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and TravelAge West’s Editor-in-Chief, Ken Shapiro, partied in Bangkok at the kick-off celebration for the 2006 Thailand Grand Invitation Campaign. The gala reception, held on the beautiful grounds of the Thai Ku Fa Government House, was attended by local VIPs and foreign dignitaries, and was highlighted by speeches from the Thai Minister of Tourism, as well as the country’s Prime Minister. The year-long Grand Invitation campaign will include a series of special events across the country in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Thai monarch’s ascension to the throne.

TRAVELSAVERS' MAZZA GETS PROMOTION


Nicole Mazza has been promoted to chief marketing officer for Travelsavers worldwide organization.

In her new role, she will oversee all marketing initiatives and will maintain relationships with preferred suppliers. Mazza will also focus on establishing and implementing marketing programs to boost sales and maximize profits for suppliers and Travelsavers’ international travel agency database.

OBEROI WELCOMES TWO NEW GMS


Oberoi Hotels and Resorts has appointed Pierre Berclaz general manager of the Oberoi Bali, and Sjefke Jansen has been named GM for the Oberoi, Mauritius. Berclaz, a native of Switzerland, has held previous management positions in Europe and in Israel, and has a wealth of international hospitality experience. Most recently, he was the general manager for the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem, where he worked for five years.
Jansen’s career includes management positions in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and the Maldives. Prior to joining Oberoi, he held the position of resort manager for One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives.

GRIEDER JOINS NACTA


The National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA) has announced Alleigh Grieder as their new director of sales and marketing. Grieder comes to NACTA from Globus, where she worked as home-based channel manager. As director of sales and marketing, Grieder will be responsible for creating and implementing strategies that provide members with more local representation and ongoing chapter meetings. She will also identify and cultivate relationships with organizations that have a vested interest in educating and communicating with NACTA’s travel agent members.
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