Philanthropic Tropics

Last month, the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board and the BVI Charitable Fund hosted the 2009 Virgin Islands Winemakers Dinners series...

By: By Shirley Mak

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Ajit George (left) of the BVI Charitable Fund and Sir Richard Branson (right) of the Virgin Group toast during a charity lunch on Necker Island.

Last month, the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board and the BVI Charitable Fund hosted the 2009 Virgin Islands Winemakers Dinners series, raising more than $100,000 for the BVI Red Cross, St. Mary’s School, St. George’s School and the Youth Empowerment Project in Tortola.

Among those in attendance were travelers and tastemakers from Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. Visiting chefs and celebrities in attendance included Vikram Garg, the executive chef at Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii; Rachel Yang, owner of the Seattle restaurant Joule; and Sir Richard Branson, founder and president of the Virgin Group.



New ATA Vice President

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The Africa Travel Association (ATA) appointed Glenn Carroll as vice president of the ATA international board of directors at its 34th international conference recently held in Cairo, Egypt. Carroll presently serves as the senior vice president of sales and marketing of CHI Hotels & Resorts.

“I am very pleased to represent CHI on the ATA Board, especially since CHI is on a major expansion track in Africa through its joint venture agreement to operate the Wyndham and Ramada Plaza brands in Africa, as well as managing its own Corinthia Hotels luxury brand,” said Carroll.



Promotion at Tourism Fiji Americas

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Tourism Fiji Americas has promoted Sera Cawanibuka — previously the regional coordinator for Tourism Fiji’s Matai Specialist program — to regional marketing officer. Based in Los Angeles, Cawanibuka will be responsible for coordinating Fiji’s trade and consumer calendar, developing priority niche markets, moving forward its lead-generation program and maximizing marketing opportunities.

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