“Luxury - A Universe Without Boundaries” was the theme of The
Leading Hotels of the World’s 2005 Annual Convention held in New
Delhi, India, from Oct. 27-30.
The event allowed top management of the Leading Hotels of the
World to inform attendees of the company’s 2005 accomplishments, as
well as plans for the coming year.
Both the Dalai Lama and India’s minister of
tourism, Renuka Chowdhary, spoke at the convention. During her
opening remarks Chowdhary referred to India as an experience
saying, “You do not come to visit India, you come to experience
As the keynote speaker, the Dalai Lama, gave an address entitled
“A Human Approach to World Peace.”
The occasion also featured social events for the many hoteliers
in attendance, including a welcome reception at The Oberoi, a
dinner at the Taj Mahal Hotel, a polo match and cocktail party
hosted at the Oberoi Polo Ground and a dinner at Uppal’s Orchid.
The convention culminated with a banquet at Purana Quila (the Old
Fort) that offered a red carpet for the guests.
St. Sure Moves to Papakea Resort
Charles “Charlie” St. Sure has been named
general manager of the ResortQuest at Papakea Resort in Lahaina,
Maui. With 36 years of experience in the travel industry, St. Sure
was born and raised in Wailuku, Maui.
He was previously with Outrigger Hotels and then joined
ResortQuest Hawaii, formerly Aston Hotels & Resorts. During St.
Sure’s time as manager of the Aston Maui Lu, the property
frequently acquired accolades for its customer service.
ResortQuest at Papakea Resort offers 174 rooms on a 13-acre
oceanfront property. The condominium-style lodgings appeal to
seniors and active travelers, and are popular for family
gatherings, reunions and wedding celebrations.
West Coast Agent Goes the Extra Mile
At the World Travel Congress in Montreal, ASTA presented its
Extra Mile Award to Susan Parr of Susan Parr
Travel in Port Angeles, Wash. Parr went above and beyond her role
as a travel agent when she came to the aid of a couple about to
adopt a baby from Ethiopia.
Circumstances did not allow the couple to bring the baby home
themselves, so Parr offered to travel and escort the child home
herself. She did this for another family as well.
“Susan Parr truly went the extra mile for her clients by going
all the way to Ethiopia to bring her clients’ babies home,” said
ASTA president and CEO Kathryn Sudeikis. “Her selfless efforts make
her extremely deserving of this honor.”
Parr received a free year of ASTA membership, complimentary
registration, travel and accommodations for the congress, a plaque
and $1,000, which she is donating to the Layla House orphanage in
Sheraton Hands Raessler the Reins
Arizona’s Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa has named
Todd Raessler resort manager. The position will
entail overseeing key components of the resort, such as rooms
operations, food and beverage operations and housekeeping.
“I’m very excited to be a part of the executive team at the
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa,” said Raessler. “I look
forward to utilizing my luxury resort experience in one of the
world’s most competitive resort, spa and golf markets.”
This experience includes Raessler’s most recent position as the
hotel manager for the historic Westin Century Plaza Hotel and Spa
in Beverly Hills, Calif., and his education from Cornell
University, where he graduated from the School of Hotel and
> New Faces at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
In addition to the recent appointment of Cheryl Phelps as
general manager, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort &
Spa has also made the additions of Kay Cochran as
director of sales and marketing, David Coonan as
director of food & beverage and Gregory
Cornwell as director of human resources.
All three new additions to the resort have had experience
working for Hyatt. Cochran served as director of sales and
marketing at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Coonan comes from a
nearly two-year stay at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and has been
part of the Hyatt team since 1993. Cornwell also comes to
Huntington Beach from San Francisco, where he was director of human
resources at the Hyatt Regency.