Best of the Best
Tour operator Travel Impressions hosted its “Best of the Best”
black-tie awards dinner, honoring 100 of its top-producing travel
agencies. The event hosted more than 170 agents and took place at
the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. In
addition to dinner, agents enjoyed a private party at Universal
Studios featuring music by the Blues Brothers.
Promotions at Aladdin
The Aladdin Resort and Casino of Las Vegas, future home of
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, has recently promoted
D’Anna Malbrough and Donna
take the role of director of Internet partnership marketing. She
has been with the Aladdin since 2002, and most recently worked as
the senior leisure sales and marketing manager. Malbrough has been
in the hotel/casino industry for the past 14 years.
be named vice president of leisure sales. She has worked as the
director of leisure sales for Aladdin for six years. She was the
recipient of the Starwood Hotels and Resorts “Most Valuable
Partner” award and a “Star of the Quarter Finalist” for Team
Aladdin in 2004.
Algood Joins Personality
Stephen B. Algood has been appointed chief
operating officer for Personality Hotels, a San Francisco-based
boutique hotel company. In his new position, he will oversee
overall marketing of the corporate offices and their five boutique
properties. His responsibilities include future acquisitions and
the growth of Personality Hotels.
Algood brings 28 years of industry experience to the hotel company
and was most recently part of the senior management team for
Pacific Valley Investors (PVI) in Belmont, Calif.
Laib Made Chair of OLATim Laib
, regional director of Shilo Inns, has
been appointed to chair the Oregon Lodging Association (OLA). He is
an active member of hospitality and lodging associations, as well
as visitor and convention bureaus and has 25 years of experience in
“The Shilo team and I are proud that Tim has been recognized by
such a prestigious organization. He brings to the table a
phenomenal work ethic and a passion for the hospitality industry
and volunteering,” said Mark Hemstreet, owner of Shilo Inns.
New CEO for Mexico Tourism
Magdalena Carral has been named the new CEO for
the Mexico Tourism Board. Carral will lead public and private
efforts and resources in promoting Mexico, its varied tourism
services and products to international and domestic audiences.
Previously, she headed Mexico’s National Migration Institute. Her
extensive career has spanned both the public and private sector.
Carral also has extensive experience in public relations as the
former president and director for Edelman Mexico.
In her new position, Carral aims to further elevate Mexico’s
profile with the support of industry allies.
“I look forward to strengthening ties with Mexico’s important
industry partners in North America, such as the tour operators,
wholesalers, airlines and industry representatives that work with
us in making Mexico accessible to international visitors,” she