Small Luxury Hotel’s Travel Agent award winners.
In April, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) held its first ever Travel Agent Awards to recognize excellence in specific members of the travel agent community. The Top Overall Agent award was given to Ellie Colin of the Ovation Travel Group. Colin received the award as an agent within an independent agency who is responsible for the most booked and consumed business with SLH. Colin was given a prize of a seven-night trip to Italy valued at $20,000.
The SLH Brand Ambassador award recognized Cheryl Buchalter of Altour International. Buchalter received the award as the travel agent who has done the most to support the SLH brand in 2006. Buchalter’s prize was a four-night trip to London and Paris valued at $10,000.
The Single Most Expensive Booking award was earned by John Clifford of International Travel Management.com. Clifford received the award as the travel agent that had booked the most expensive booking at an SLH hotel for a stay between Dec. 1, 2006 and March 31, 2007. Clifford’s prize was a meal prepared for him and up to 12 friends by Executive Chief Chef Steve Zobel of the Triomphe restaurant in the Iroquois Hotel.
Celebrity’s ‘Special Agents’
We can assume that the agents at Cruise Vacations of Orange County, based in Anaheim, Calif., like it shaken, not stirred. The office recently completed Celebrity Cruise’s 007 Special Agent Seminar. Through a fun and educational seminar, agents learned ways to increase their profits by selling Celebrity Cruises and using the online booking tool www.CruisingPower.com.
Promotions at Starwood
Starwood Hotels and Resorts has a new director of sales, leisure, for Hawaii and French Polynesia with the promotion of Dale Carstensen to the position. Carstensen was previously the director of sales and marketing, Asia and leisure, for the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts in Waikiki and had held that position since 2003. He began his work for Sheraton in 1977 and throughout the years held the positions of director of travel industry sales, domestic; account director, leisure sales; account director for Princeville Resort; and director of sales for the Sheraton Makaha Resort, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and Sheraton Moana Surfrider.
Arizona Hotel Strikes Gold
Nicholas Gold has been named the new resort manager of the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz. He will now be responsible for the management of the 220-room resort. Previously, Gold was corporate director of food and beverage at Miraval in Tucson, and before that he was food and beverage director at Ibis Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.
HKTB Taps Silvermintz
William Silvermintz has been named regional director, the Americas, for the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB). Silvermintz will be charged with directing marketing strategies throughout the region, maintaining a strong trade-partner network in the region and acting as the key regional spokesperson in the area with regards to media and trade.
“I am honored that Hong Kong has afforded me the opportunity to promote this amazing world-class destination in the Americas,” said Silvermintz.
Silvermintz has over 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the tourism industry and worked for four years at the Barbados Tourism Authority before joining the Hong Kong Tourism Board.