United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
The Department of Commerce is currently seeking applications for membership on the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of the Board is to advise the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry. Applications must be received by 12/18/13 at 5:00p.m EST - and sent to to firstname.lastname@example.org, attention: Jennifer Pilat, Office of Advisory Committees and Industry Outreach, United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board Executive
Patrick Kaler, president and CEO of Visit Loudoun, announced his resignation today. Kaler recently accepted a job in Erie County, N.Y. with Visit Buffalo Niagara, which he will start on Jan. 6.
Shepard Exposition Services
The Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (ACVB) named Shepard Exposition Services as the 2013 ACVB Member of the Year at its annual Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame event held on November 12 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill.
Jamie Jordan has been named director of sales and marketing at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Most recently, Jordan was director of group sales at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed John MacMullen area director of sales and marketing for the Caribbean and Latin America. MacMullen was previously director of sales and marketing for Viceroy Miami.
Hilton Memphis in Tennessee has named Heidi Scartozzi director of sales. Scartozzi most recently was regional director of sales for JQH Hotels and Resorts, servicing 13 hotels on the U.S. West Coast.
Ahmed Talaat has been named director of sales for the Middle East and Africa at Dusit International. Talaat most recently was assistant director of sales at Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman.
Philip Bryson, Area Vice President South East Asia, Australia & South Pacific of Marriott International Inc., announces the appointment of Gerd Kotlorz as the new Area Director of Sales and Marketing. Kotlorz will take full operational responsibility for the properties in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.