Apple Vacations president and CEO John Mullen, along with vice
president and general manager Mark Noennig, announced the
recipients of the 2006 Crystal Apple Awards and Golden Apple Awards
at Apple Vacations’ Chicago trade show, held Sept. 12.
The awards recognize hoteliers who have earned exceptional
ratings based on questionnaires completed by Apple Vacationers.
Areas rated include location, overall staff and service, food
quality, amenities, public areas, beach and entertainment. Eighty
hotels and resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as 25
hotels and resorts in Hawaii, were honored with an award. Over
1,200 travel agents attended the trade show, along with more than
150 airline, tourist board and hotel representatives from Mexico,
the Caribbean and Hawaii.
CLAYTON APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF KOR
Brad Korzen, CEO and founder of the Los Angeles-based real estate
development and management firm, The Kor Group, has announced the
appointment of Nicholas Clayton as the new president of Kor Hotel
Group, the company’s hospitality division.
As president, Clayton will ensure that Kor’s 19 properties,
including its existing boutique hotels and in-development
residential hotel projects, remain dedicated to the highest
standards of excellence. He will also facilitate company growth,
through the acquisition of new properties and by maximizing value
in current operations.
Clayton is a 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry and
comes to the Kor Hotel Group with operations experience through
senior management positions with leading international hotel
groups. Most recently he was senior vice president of operations
for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, where he was responsible for
Asian and European properties. He was also involved in building and
differentiating the Mandarin Oriental brand.
REE JOINS CRUISESHIPCENTERS
Travel industry veteran Geraldine Ree was named senior vice
president, sales and marketing of CruiseShipCenters International
Inc. She will oversee the company’s marketing and business
development strategies in this newly created position.
She joins CruiseShipCenters after 17 years with Princess
Cruises, where she most recently held the position of regional
sales director for Canada, Mid, Central and Pacific Northwest
U.S.A. She has experience in consumer marketing, retail sales and
“[Ree] adds a whole new dimension to our executive team,” said
Michael Drever, president and CEO of CruiseShipCenters. “She
understands the travel business from every facet, is a dynamic
communicator and a proven team leader.”
CLIFFORD 'SHOOTS FOR HAWAII'
Evelyn Clifford was the winner of Formella Travel’s “Shoot for
Hawaii” contest. Presenting her the United Vacations trip for two
at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, were Dave Formella, president of
Formella Travel in Long Beach, Calif.; and Kathy Schugg, Hyatt
Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa.
REPS FLOCK TO TRAVEL MART
From private jets to private islands, representatives from the
travel industry came to Las Vegas to meet with Virtuoso travel
consultants. The meeting gave Virtuoso’s constituents their member
consultants and preferred suppliers an opportunity to foster
relationships through some 260,000 individual meetings. Under the
name “Evolve, Reinvent, Execute,” the organization demonstrated the
changes taking place within the company and unveiled its latest and
largest initiative, “Strategy for Growth.”
Virtuoso also used the opportunity to announce significant
relationships, such as a recently signed deal with Virgin Galactic,
the company spearheading the space tourism industry. A select group
of Virtuoso agents will have the opportunity to become “Accredited
Virtuoso also announced details regarding the network’s next key
meeting, the 2007 Overseas Symposium.
NEW GM AT CONTESSA
Benchmark Hospitality International appointed Eric Adame general
manager for Hotel Contessa, a luxury property on the Riverwalk in
San Antonio, Texas. Adame has more than two decades of management
experience in the hospitality industry and was previously the
general manager of the Hotel ICON, in downtown Houston. He joined
Benchmark Hospitality in 2002 as the director of rooms for the
Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“I am pleased to welcome Eric to his new role with Benchmark as
general manager of Hotel Contessa,” said Tom O’Shea, vice president
of Benchmark Hospitality. “We look forward to his great success
here in San Antonio.”