Industry People 6-9-2006

Demeter Accepted Supreme Winner Award Kirk Demeter, president of Down Under Answers, accepted the “Supreme Winner” award from George Hickton, Tourism New Zealand’s chief executive, at the second annual Tourism New Zealand Travel & Tourism Award dinner, May 17, in West Hollywood, Calif.






Demeter Accepted Supreme Winner Award

Kirk Demeter, president of Down Under Answers, accepted the “Supreme Winner” award from George Hickton, Tourism New Zealand’s chief executive, at the second annual Tourism New Zealand Travel & Tourism Award dinner, May 17, in West Hollywood, Calif. Down Under Answers also won two additional awards for best promotional/marketing campaign and wholesaler of the year, as voted by retail travel agents.






‘The First Lady’ Celebrates 90

In May, travel agent Miriam Rand, known as “The First Lady of Travel,” celebrated her 90th birthday and 57th year as a travel professional in Beverly Hills, Calif. The event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel raised $116,000 for the Miriam Rand Scholarship Fund, created by Protravel International in honor of Rand. The scholarship sponsors students at Hunter College High School in New York City, Rand’s alma mater, to help them participate in educational trips to other countries.






Bowker Goes to Disneyland

10-year-old Jimmy Bowker and IndyCar partner Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of the two-time Indy 500 champion, took home a unique trophy specially created for the “Minnie Indy Charity Race” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition, Bowker received an all-expenses-paid trip to the Disneyland Resort in California for his family.

Luyendyk also walked away a winner with a $25,000 donation to his charity of choice: The Lance Armstrong Foundation.

All 33 drivers from the Indy 500’s starting lineup, raced Autopia cars from Disneyland through an obstacle course together with deserving children at the event.






Graham Promoted at Sheraton

Tia Graham has been named director of sales and marketing of Sheraton Kauai Resort. In her new position, she will direct and manage all sales activities and strategic planning at the resort.

Graham started her career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii as a sales and marketing intern for the Sheraton in Waikiki. She was appointed as group sales manager for the hotel after completing the management training program.

In addition, she has worked for several restaurant companies and Norwegian Cruise Lines, and has experience as a travel writer. Graham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Travel Industry Management from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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