Industry People 7-20-2007

*Grand Opening
*So Cal Agents Hit Jamaica
*New Senior Sales Manager at Sheraton

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TAW Editor-in-Chief Ken Shapiro (left)
with Rene van Balderen, G.M. of Villa del Arco
Grand Opening
Media and industry guests were on hand for the official grand opening of the Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas earlier this month. The weekend-long festivities, which included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, brought out VIPs representing tour operators, hotels, airlines and more. The 231-suite Villa del Arco, Villa Group’s third hotel in Cabo sits next door to the company’s Villa La Estancia and Villa del Palmar properties on popular Medano Beach. Villa del Arco is designed for an upscale, family-friendly clientele.

The weekend also saw the opening of the resort’s Desert Spa, one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in all of Baja.

So Cal Agents Hit Jamaica
Agents from Southern California traveled to Jamaica this June for a fam trip sponsored by Island Outpost. The objective of the trip was to showcase two very unique properties, the Caves in Negril and Jakes on Treasure Beach on Jamaica’s South Coast. The fam also included a tour of the Appleton Rum Factory and a Black River safari.

*Back row (left to right): Rosalena Huarcaya, Carefree Vacations; Patty Reeder-Shackeroff, Beachside Travel; Carol McConnell, Around the Globe Travel; Chris DeRose, First Travel of California; Gary Francesconi, Travel Store; Carla Feliciano, First Tee Promotions. Front row (left to right): Sissy Alexander, Timely Travel; Geraldine Harvey, League Marketing; Rick Lozano, Air Jamaica

New Senior Sales Manager at Sheraton
Tiffany Gilhuly has been appointed senior sales manager at the Sheraton Kauai Resort. In her new position, Gilhuly will lead domestic and international wholesale and travel agent sales, as well as soliciting new and existing group business accounts.

Gilhuly began her career with Starwood five years ago as catering sales manager for the Westin Atlanta North. She was most recently the complex sales manager for the W New Orleans and the W French Quarter.