New Tourism Director Appointed

Yasutake Tsukamoto was appointed executive director of the Los Angeles office of the Japan National Tourist Organization

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Yasutake Tsukamoto (right) and Ken Shapiro.
The new executive director of the Los Angeles office of the Japan National Tourist Organization, Yasutake Tsukamoto, recently met with TravelAge West Editor-in-Chief Ken Shapiro for a welcome lunch. This is Tsukamoto’s second tenure in L.A., as he previously served as the director of the JNTO office there in the mid-’80s. Tsukamoto told TravelAge West he is looking forward to working with agents to promote Japan.


New Titles for Goldstein and Hanrahan

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has promoted two of its top executives to president and CEO of their respective brands. Nineteen-year Royal Caribbean executive, Adam Goldstein, president of Royal Caribbean International since 2005, becomes president and CEO of that brand, and eight-year Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises veteran, Dan Hanrahan, president of Celebrity Cruises since 2005, also adds CEO to his title. Both officers will continue to report to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain.


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“As our company continues to grow and diversify, it is reassuring to know we have such extraordinarily effective individuals who have assumed the leadership of their respective brands,” said Fain. “They have built their brands into powerful and commanding market leaders, and have fully earned the broader designation as president and CEO of those brands. This promotion reflects the roles they have already been fulfilling and is consistent with common industry practice.”

Fain, Goldstein and Hanrahan continue to serve on the company’s executive committee.


Key Promotions at Starwood Hawaii

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii has announced the promotions of Michael Troy to director of advertising and promotions, Candice Kraughto to director of public relations and Jackie McBride Tsukiyama to director of sales technology and administration.

“With all of the exciting things happening at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii in the area of redevelopment, rebranding and guest experience transformation, these promotions within our existing team allow us to continue to capitalize on our existing strengths and build new benchmarks in leading the market as a lifestyle hospitality company,” said Cheryl Williams, regional vice president of sales and marketing, Hawaii and French Polynesia.

As director of advertising and promotions, Troy will oversee all advertising, sponsorships and promotions for the 11-hotel Hawaii region. Prior to his promotion, he held the position of area director of sales and marketing Hawaii and French Polynesia.


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In her position as director of public relations, Kraughto will lead public relations and community relations efforts for the region. She most recently served as regional communications manager Hawaii. Prior to joining Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Kraughto held the position of account supervisor at Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations, Inc.


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As director of sales technology and administration, Tsukiyama will implement and manage strategic sales tools and processes that support hotel sales and marketing efforts. She will also be responsible for analysis, planning and implementation of all sales and marketing technology projects in order to increase productivity and accuracy of all financial and statistical reporting for sales, catering and convention services.


Villa Group Appoints Kuhn

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The Villa Group has appointed David Kuhn to the position of corporate director e-commerce sales and marketing for its resort properties in Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Sierra Madre. Kuhn will oversee The Villa Group’s e-commerce presence, in addition to product development, sales, business development, marketing, management and strategy. In his new position, he will work with Ricardo Orozco and Carlos Aquino, corporate directors of The Villa Group in Cabo San Lucas and Vallarta, respectively.

Most recently, Kuhn served as vice president of interactive marketing and e-commerce for OneLink Corporation, an entrepreneurial software technology company headquartered in San Francisco. He previously held various roles at Pegasus Solutions, including director of product marketing, director of online distribution and e-commerce Utell Hotels & Resorts, and VP of marketing Utell Hotels & Resorts. Pegasus Solutions, the parent company of Utell Hotels & Resorts, is a leading global provider of technology and services to hotel and travel distributors.

The Villa Group is one of Mexico’s leading privately owned hotel, resort and real estate development companies. Its portfolio includes beachfront destination resorts, exclusive fractional and full-ownership luxury real estate developments and a secluded mountain-top boutique spa retreat.