Industry People 2-3-2006

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,


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 Marcou-Stafford.
Malbrough will 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.
Marcou-Stafford will 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 OLA
Tim 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 hotel management.
“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 said.

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