New Rep for California
Petaluma, Calif.-based Creative Leisure International has
expanded its regional sales force, adding a new rep for
Greg Nigh is responsible for growing and maintaining business in
Northern California, with a concentration on the Western part of
Alameda and Contra Costa counties, San Jose, Coastal Northern
California, the San Francisco Peninsula and the Central Valley.
Nigh most recently was director of cruise and tour marketing for
Uniglobe Group of companies USA.
He previously held positions with GalaxSea Cruises and Tours,
and Cruise Holidays.
New GM for Argonaut
The former general manager of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San
Francisco is taking the reins of the 252-room Argonaut Hotel, set
to open Aug. 25.
Barry Pollard is the new general manager of the Argonaut, a
member of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.
Sales Director Named
Maupintour has named Sam Barnett regional sales director for the
Western states. Included in his territory are Northern California,
Utah, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and
Expansion Under Way
Down Under Answers, a wholesaler of leisure travel to the South
Pacific, appointed Kathryn Newton as regional sales director for
Southern California and the Southwest. She is based in San
Newton previously served as market development coordinator at
Tourism New Zealand in Santa Monica.
Her appointment marks Down Under Answers’ expansion in the
United States. “The company has a significant opportunity to
educate travel agents on South Pacific travel and increase its
share of this popular market,” Newton said. “I look forward to
working with Down Under Answers’ seasoned team and building
relationships with travel agents throughout Southern California and
For the 10th time in 11 years, the Anchorage Convention and
Visitors Bureau has been awarded with the Gold Service Award,
President and CEO Bruce Bustamante announced.
The service award is bestowed by subscribers of Meetings &
Conventions magazine, a sister publication of TravelAge West.
“The visitor industry is the second largest private industry in
Alaska and conventions are a key component of tourism,” Bustamante