People 8-8-2003

New Rep for California Petaluma, Calif.-based Creative Leisure International has expanded its regional sales force, adding a new rep for California. Greg Nigh is responsible for growing and maintaining business in Northern California, with a concentration on the Western part of Alameda and Contra Co


New Rep for California

Petaluma, Calif.-based Creative Leisure International has expanded its regional sales force, adding a new rep for California.

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 Hawaii.

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 Diego.

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 the Southwest.”

Anchorage Again

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 said.

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