What Happens in Vegas

Travel agents from U.S. Airways Vacations Travel visited Las Vegas on a fam trip in July

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The LVCVA leisure sales department and
Wynn Las Vegas hosted a dinner for the
agents at SW Steakhouse.

Travel agents from U.S. Airways Vacations Travel visited Las Vegas on a fam trip in July. The agents participated in a variety of activities and sightseeing tours in the destination including a visit to the new Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, shopping at the Forum Shops and a stop at the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. Agents also saw several shows which included “Mama Mia,” “Legends in Concert” and “V the Ultimate Variety Show” at Planet Hollywood.



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Agents Mary Russell (left) and Zabrina Hazeltine
Partners in Paradise

Two California agents, Mary Russell and Zabrina Hazeltine of Hamilton Group Meeting Planners in Tustin, Calif., were the recipients of Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts’ Partners in Paradise Award. Partners in Paradise rewards industry professionals who exemplify the ideal Marriott customer. The Marriott sales team nominates customers based on criteria that include service excellence, leadership, professionalism, creativity, proactivity, flexibility, integrity and a true partnership spirit. Awards are given out twice a year to one meeting planner and one travel industry partner. Winners receive a trophy, a $250 American Express gift certificate and are featured on ParadiseByMarriott.com and in an e-mail newsletter distributed to travel and meeting trade.



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A New GM at Travel Bound

Travel Bound has officially appointed Nico Zenner general manager. Previously, Zenner held the position of vice president of sales and marketing. He has been unofficially overseeing general management of the company since January. “This is a great move for Travel Bound. The company has seen rapid growth under Nico’s sales leadership, and his enlarged job scope will further strengthen Travel Bound’s position in the marketplace,” said Kurt Ekert, EVP & GM of GTA Americas and Octopus Travel Worldwide.

Zenner has been in the travel business for 18 years. He has held executive positions at Rail Europe Group, the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Sabena Airlines.



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Hall of Fame

On Aug. 8, Tourism Cares officially inducted Dan Sullivan Jr. and the late Dan Sullivan Sr. into the Tourism Cares Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have made significant personal contributions to travel and tourism through philanthropic, volunteer and mentoring activities.


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Sullivan Sr.
“The Sullivans join an elite group of honorees in the Tourism Cares Hall of Fame,” said Bruce Beckham, executive director of Tourism Cares. “The personal values set forth by Dan Sullivan Sr. have been carried on and amplified by his son, Dan Jr. Both honorees will be recognized for their success in business as well as their philanthropy both in their local communities and in the hospitality and tourism industry.”