Industry People 9-2-2005

Rivas Named Minister of Tourism Maria Rivas was recently appointed Minister of Tourism to the Nicaragua Tourism Board (INTUR). As the head of INTUR, Rivas is responsible for improvements and investment in tourism through various industry and legislative reforms, as well as an aggressive marketing


Rivas Named Minister of Tourism

Maria Rivas was recently appointed Minister of Tourism to the Nicaragua Tourism Board (INTUR). As the head of INTUR, Rivas is responsible for improvements and investment in tourism through various industry and legislative reforms, as well as an aggressive marketing and promotional campaign.

Previously, Rivas served as associate director of ProNicaragua, an investment promotion agency working with the Nicara-

guan government. Rivas succeeds Lucia Salazar de Robelo, who will spearhead the first rapid transit bus project in Managua, Nicaragua.




Robutka Moves To Tourism Vancouver

Tourism Vancouver appoints Ryan Robutka as a new manager at Travel Trade North America. The company focuses on building excellent relations with meeting planners, travel influencers, travel media and independent tourists.

Robutka has four years of experience in travel trade and sales management, as corporate account executive at HCareers and sales manager at the Metropolitan Hotels, Vancouver Renaissance Hotel Harbourside and Sheraton Grande Edmonton Hotel.




Raghavan Moves To Millennium

Newly appointed president Sudheer Raghavan brings his expertise to Millennium Hotels & Resorts, North America, having served as vice president of Singapore Airlines (SIA) of the eastern United States and South American region. He formerly supervised the sales and marketing for SIA’s airport passenger and cargo business in Illinois. He also took charge of operations at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and the Chicago/ O’Hare International Airport.




Changes To Bahamas Ministry

Nassau-native Vernice Walkine has been named director-general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Walkine is a 26-year veteran of the ministry, first joining as a bilingual tourist information assistant. She is the first woman to hold this position.

In 2001, she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in travel by Travel Agent magazine.

Succeeding Walkine as deputy director-general is Ellison “Tommy” Thomp-son, also a 26-year ministry veteran. As head of Bahamas tourism offices in Europe, Thompson oversaw the growth of European marketing offices and introduced more airlift to the Bahamas from Italy and the U.K. In his new position, Thompson plans to expand the growth of Bahamas tourism and marketing.


Huhn Named  Regional Director

AMResorts announces Emilio Huhn as the new regional director of operations for Dominican Republic. Huhn is a native of Switzerland and studied at the School of Hotel Management at Cornell University, New York. He moved to Mexico to become a catering manager and eventually, was hired to be the executive director at Hoteles Bahia Principe Clubs & Resorts in Riveiera Maya. In 2003, Emilio Huhn joined AMResorts as the general manager at Secrets Excellence Punta Cana. He served there for two years until his recent appointment as a regional director. All in all, Huhn has had 25 years of international experience in hospitality.

AMResorts, with its three property brands Secrets Resorts & Spas, Dreams Resorts & Spas and Sunscape Resorts & Spas, manages 11 resorts in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, offering the highest level of luxury for couples, families and singles.

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