Industry People 11-11-2005

Happy’s Top Agents in Hawaii Happy Vacation’s top agents from Colorado and the San Francisco Bay Area participated in Hawaii’s Big Island Destination Specialist program Oct. 7-12. The group paused for a photo aboard the brand-new 55-foot Teknicraft vessel, Hula Kai. Hula Kai takes guests to uniq


Happy’s Top Agents in Hawaii

Happy Vacation’s top agents from Colorado and the San Francisco Bay Area participated in Hawaii’s Big Island Destination Specialist program Oct. 7-12.

The group paused for a photo aboard the brand-new 55-foot Teknicraft vessel, Hula Kai. Hula Kai takes guests to unique marine locations along the spectacular Kona Coast for snorkeling, scuba, snuba, whale watching and sightseeing.

Happy Vacations has one additional Big Island Destination Specialist Program scheduled for Hawaii’s Big Island, Dec. 3-8.






Rail Europe Gets New VP

Rail Europe Group has appointed Peter Rahaman vice president of operations. Rahaman will be responsible for the strategic management and development of operations for the company. He oversees the EuroGroups division and replaces Kevin Meade.
Before coming to Rail Europe, Rahaman worked at VisitBritain for 15 years. He has over 28 years of experience in the travel industry.






Nicholson New GM at Ritz

Martin Nicholson joins the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel and Spa as the new general manager at the conclusion of a $19 million renovation of 292 guestrooms, ballrooms, public spaces and exterior grounds.

“I am thrilled to work with such an extraordinary group of ladies and gentlemen,” said Nicholson. “The level of dedication and genuine care our employees provide for our guests is heartwarming and exceptionally rare.”

Nicholson most recently served as the general manager of the Ritz-Carlton in Rose Hall, Jamaica.






ResortQuest Hawaii Names New GM

Clinton Owen has been named the new general manager for ResortQuest Hawaii’s Islander on the Beach, a newly renovated 198-room hotel in Kapaa, Kauai.

Owen has worked for ResortQuest for six years, and was previously the real estate sales coordinator for the hotel and general manager of ResortQuest Maui Condominium & Homes. He has 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry in Hawaii.






Flattery Moves to Hawaii

Marriott International has announced that Connie Flattery will be the new area director of sales and marketing for Pacific Islands and Japan. She succeeds Paul Toner who is now the vice president of sales and marketing for Asia Pacific.

Most recently, Flattery served as area director of sales and marketing for the Caribbean and Mexico and was based in Somerset, N.J. She will now work in Hawaii.

Previously, Flattery worked in Hawaii with the management team that opened the Maui Marriott Resort, the first Marriott property in the Islands.

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