Industry People 4-28-2006

Irma Widjojo TravelAge West was in attendance at a dinner hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau during CLIA’s Cruise3Sixty show held in the city last month. Included in the group is TAW Cruise Editor Ana Figueroa (first row, fifth from left), Nicki Grossman, president of the

By: Irma Widjojo

TravelAge West was in attendance at a dinner hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau during CLIA’s Cruise3Sixty show held in the city last month. Included in the group is TAW Cruise Editor Ana Figueroa (first row, fifth from left), Nicki Grossman, president of the visitors bureau (center front, next to Figueroa), Robert Sharak, CLIA’s Executive VP and CMO (behind Figueroa) and Ken Shapiro, TAW Editor-in-Chief (front row, far right).



West Receives NTA Pioneer Award
The late Charles “Chuck” West was the recipient of the inaugural NTA Pioneer Award given by the National Tour Association (NTA) during the 2006 NTA Spring Meet in Louisville, Ky.

West was the founder of Alaska’s first tour company, Arctic Alaska Tours, in the late ’40s and Alaska’s first all-tourist hotel chain, motorcoach network and Inside Passage cruise line.

Dubbed “Mr. Alaska” by his peers, West was the pioneer of marketing North Country packages.

His son, Dick West, received the award on his father’s behalf.





Rose Awarded GM of the Year
Marriott International awarded Jim Rose, general manager of the JW Marriott Las Vegas & Spa the General Manager of the Year award to celebrate his loyalty to Marriott for more than 37 years.

Before joining the Las Vegas crew, Rose was Marriott’s general manager for the Scottsdale Region, overseeing 10 properties. He has also served as resident manager at the Maui Marriott and director of marketing for the Los Angeles Airport Marriott and Chicago Marriott O’Hare.








NBCVB Chooses Sherwin
The Executive Board of the Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau chose Gary Sherwin as the Bureau’s new president and CEO.

Sherwin has 20 years of experience in destination marketing, sales, public relations and community relations within the CVB industry.

As a board member and co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the California Travel Industry Association, Sherwin lectures and is co-author of the book “Destination BrandScience.”






Presutti Makes History
Presutti Makes History
Anna Marie Presutti was promoted to vice president and general manager of Hotel Nikko (U.S.A.) and Hotel Nikko San Francisco.

Previously serving as vice president of sales and marketing, Presutti is the first woman to serve as vice president and general manager in the history of the hotel chain. Before working for Nikko, Presutti was area director of sales and marketing for Kimpton Boutique Hotels in San Francisco.

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