California: NTA Travel Exchange 2014 Attracting More Buyers

More buyers are heading to Los Angeles for NTA’s annual gathering, Travel Exchange, held February 16–20 in conjunction with the United Motorcoach Association’s (UMA) Motorcoach EXPO. Registration for tour operator companies is pacing ahead of Travel Exchange ’13, and this...Read more

California: Registration Opens for GBTA Convention in Los Angeles

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has opened registration for the GBTA Convention 2014 in Los Angeles, California, July 26-30, 2014. The annual convention is the largest, most comprehensive annual gathering of business travel and meetings managers, meeting planners, procurement...Read more

Texas: Benchmark Hospitality Names John MacMullen Area Director of Sales & Marketing

Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed John MacMullen area director of sales and marketing. Mr. MacMullen is based in Benchmark’s Miami office. Eric Gavin, Benchmark’s regional vice president of sales & marketing officer, made the...Read more

Kessler Collection Launches Newest Autograph Collection Hotel in Orlando

The Kessler Collection has unveiled the Castle Hotel as its newest masterpiece and ninth Autograph Collection property, which officially opened on October 17, 2013. Evoking an air of creativity and artistry in the heart of Orlando’s attractions, the Castle Hotel...Read more

Florida: Universal Orlando Resort Adds New ‘Despicable Me’ Kids Suites Ahead of DVD Launch

The world’s first and only Despicable Me-inspired hotel suites are making their debut at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. The suites bring to life the excitement and playfulness of Gru’s house, featuring missile beds and Minions, who...Read more

Silver Airways Takes Home Honor in Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Award

Silver Airways has been named one of the Top 10 “Best U.S. Airlines” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the second distinction the Ft. Lauderdale-based airline has received this year. In February, Silver Airways was...Read more

Florida: John Annicchiarico Named Director of Sales & Marketing for Villas Grand Cypress

Benchmark Hospitality International, a U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed John Annicchiarico director of sales and marketing for the Villas of Grand Cypress. Mark Cox, Benchmark’s general manager for the Villas, Benchmark’s Personal Luxury Resort® in Orlando, Florida, made the...Read more

Fort Worth CVB Names Mitch Whitten New VP of Marketing & Communications

The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau (FWCVB) has officially announced Mitch Whitten as the new Vice President of Marketing and Communications. A longtime resident of Fort Worth, Whitten is set to begin his new position on October 2, 2013....Read more

Hawaii: Halekulani Takes Top Honor in Fodor’s ‘Blissful Beach Retreats’ Category

Fodor’s Travel recognized Halekulani, the Waikiki beachfront property, as a 2013 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Award winner in the Blissful Beach Retreats category. This designates Halekulani as an outstanding hotel as selected by Fodor’s editors and travel experts, recognizing high style,...Read more

Hawaii: Tom Donovan Named Managing Director for Grand Wailea

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, has announced the appointment of Tom Donovan as managing director of the 40-acre, beachfront resort destination on Maui. Donovan joins Grand Wailea at a new phase of growth with its new owner, the Government...Read more


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