Industry People 12-2-2005

Scenes from ASTA’s World Congress and more

At ASTA’s 75th and final World Congress, the phrase most often heard was joie de’ vivre. It was undoubtedly a side effect of having the congress in Montreal, the second largest French-speaking city in the world. ASTA members, travel suppliers and industry leaders experienced that joy firsthand from Nov. 6-11 as they came together for the final time to talk travel. Beginning next year, ASTA will premiere two new events designed to take the place of the World Congress there will be the International Destination Expo in the spring and THETRADESHOW presented in the fall.

Most congress events, as well as the trade show, were held in the city’s modern and centrally located Palais des Congres. Daily events included the trade show with over 270 suppliers from all over the world seminars for agents on a variety of issues, as well as roundtable sessions and one-on-one “business appointments” with suppliers.

Each day at the Congress saw an action-packed General Session featuring speeches by industry leaders and guest speakers, as well as a variety of awards. Of special note, agent Susan Tanzman, of Martin’s Travel and Tours in Los Angeles, a member of TAW’s Advisory Board, was named Travel Agent of the Year. Kenneth Shapiro

Kristina Rundquist, ASTA’s V.P. of Communications, at one of the many press conferences

Ken Shapiro, TravelAge West Executive Editor, and Susan Tanzman, Travel Agent of the Year

Left to right: Deb Mangas, Congress Chair, Hon. Charles Lapointe, President and CEO Tourisme Montreal, Kathy Sudeikis, ASTA President and CEO

Guest speaker Ed McMahon with Deb Mangas

Santini Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

The National Tour Association announced Jim Santini as the 2005 recipient of the Bob Everidge Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes those who have made

outstanding and ongoing contributions to the association, its members, and the industry overall.

“Jim Santini has acted in the best interest of NTA and our members for more than 20 years,” said Immediate Past Chairman and CEO Ann Thomas, CTP. “His hard work, lobbying expertise and true professionalism on Capitol Hill have positively affected the way every one of us does business.”

Santini has served as NTA’s Legislative Counsel in Washington, D.C., for the past 22 years. He previously served as a congressman for the state of Nevada.



HAL Promotions

Holland America Line promoted Ken Devones, CTC, to director, consumer programs, and Steve Simao to director, sales Western Division, as of Nov. 1.

Devones has been with Holland America Line since 1986, and was also with Society Expeditions Cruises for three years. Simao joined the company in 1997 and most recently held the position of marketing manager of Grand World Voyage and long voyages in the Seattle headquarters.