Industry People 1-21-2006

Signature Celebrates 50th Birthday Signature Travel Network, the Southern California-based agent consortium, celebrated its 50th birthday last week at its annual Sales Meeting and Trade Show held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. On hand were over 1,500 agents and suppliers, in


Signature Celebrates 50th Birthday

Signature Travel Network, the Southern California-based agent consortium, celebrated its 50th birthday last week at its annual Sales Meeting and Trade Show held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. On hand were over 1,500 agents and suppliers, including some of Signature’s top sellers (shown above, left to right): Bobbie Abood (All-Travel, Los Angeles), Betty Cox (Travel Concepts, Fountain Valley, Calif.), Sherri Carnefix (Town & Country Travel, Sacramento, Calif.) and Barbara Matles (Robinson Travel Service Inc., Manhattan Beach, Calif.).
The high-energy event featured seminars, presentations by sponsors and a birthday cake for the organization, followed by streamers and noisemakers a la New Year’s Eve.
Signature’s president, Michelle Morgan, hosted the conference, and in a statement said: “We are dedicated to growing the individual businesses of our members and doing what our founders did 50 years ago ... deliver exceptional service to their clients.”
(Note: A more detailed report on this event is currently available online at TravelAgeWest.com.)







Harding Moves to ResortQuest

Gail Harding is leaving Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau to join ResortQuest Hawaii as assistant director of marketing. In her new position, Harding will manage the execution of marketing activities for the company’s 28 properties. Additionally, she will supervise the resort chain’s advertising, public relations programs and promotions staff, among other responsibilities.
A Hawaii native, Harding has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and communications.







Las Ventanas Gets New Managing Director

Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort, has appointed Andres Araya as the new managing director. Araya has worked at Las Ventanas for two years as the resort manager and has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
Before joining Las Ventanas in 2003, Araya was the executive assistant manager/director of food & beverage at the Ajman Kempinski Hotel & Resort in the United Arab Emirates. He has also held positions at the Conrad Cairo Hotel and Casino, the St. Regis Aspen and the Sheraton Maria Isabel in Mexico City.
“Identifying the needs and desires of each guest and then filling them is our mission at Las Ventanas,” said Araya.







New GM at Vail Lodge

Frank Johnson, a longtime Vail local and active community leader, has been appointed general manager at the Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa. He will manage the newly renovated lodge and spa, the Vail Athletic Club and the restaurant Terra Bistro.
Johnson has an extensive background in hotel management and marketing and was most recently president of the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau, where he was a driving force in organizing community businesses and increasing
visitor occupancy.

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