The Luck of the Irish?

On St. Patrick’s Day, Celebrity Cruises’ president Dan Hanrahan, along with executive vice president, maritime, Harri Kulovaara, painted the keel of the Miami-based company’s newest ship, Celebrity Solstice, green at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Company officials would not reveal why they


On St. Patrick’s Day, Celebrity Cruises’ president Dan Hanrahan, along with executive vice president, maritime, Harri Kulovaara, painted the keel of the Miami-based company’s newest ship, Celebrity Solstice, green at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Company officials would not reveal why they were breaking with tradition and painting the keel green, but did state that neither the luck of the Irish nor the fact that Celebrity Solstice will be the most energy-efficient ship they have ever built had anything to do with it.


Whitfield Moves to Hawaii

Robert Whitfield has been appointed general manager of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, replacing Kathleen Horrigan.

He comes to Hawaii from the Four Seasons Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, Calif., and brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to the resort. He was also general manager at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis from 1999-2004. Prior to joining Four Seasons, Whitfield worked as general manager of the Royal St. Lucian Hotel in St. Lucia and held several management positions at hotels in London’s West End.



NTA Announces New Staff Officer

After a national search, Lisa Simon was selected as the National Tour Association’s (NTA) new chief staff officer.

“Lisa brings to the table a love for visionary thinking, strategic planning and extensive association management experience,” said NTA chairman and CEO Randy Julian. “Her strengths will complement the travel industry expertise and NTA passion shared by the NTA Board, its Leadership Team and our members. I see all good things on the horizon as NTA builds on the incredible momentum that we’re experiencing.”

Simon brings more than two decades of experience to the role, as well as effective techniques for strategic planning, leadership development and organizational structure and managing change.

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