The Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau in California has named Rick Blackburn as vice president of convention sales. Prior to his appointment, Blackburn was executive director of sales and marketing at La Quinta Resort & Club and the affiliate PGA West golf course.
Andrea Carneiro has joined The St. Regis Mexico City as director of sales and marketing. Carneiro formerly was director of sales and marketing at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort.
David Friedberg has been named director of sales and marketing for Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Friedberg was most recently director of sales for The Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.
The Knickerbocker in New York City has named Gemma Keating director of sales and marketing. Most recently, Keating was director of sales and marketing for The Chatwal, New York. F
Marina MacDonald has been named chief marketing officer at Red Roof Inns, Columbus, Ohio. Macdonald previously was senior vice president, sales and marketing, for Remington Hotels.
Rene Mayer has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Regent Bali. Mayer previously was director of sales and marketing at Sofitel Plaza Hanoi.
Matthew Rowlette has been appointed director of sales and marketing at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. Rowlette previously was director of sales at The Merrion Hotel in Dublin.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Jane Mackie as vice president, Fairmont Brand. In her new role, Mackie will lead the Fairmont brand, developing brand strategy, focusing on refining and articulating the brand positioning and communicating Fairmont Hotels & Resorts brand messaging.
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and MMGY Global presented the “Caribbean Hotelier of the Year” award to hospitality veteran George Markantonis, president and managing director, Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
Rex Loh has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing of InterContinental Singapore by General Manager, Shantha de Silva.
The Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) announced that Carol Eaton, SCVB vice president of marketing, is the recipient of the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association’s (NYSH&TA) 2014 Outstanding Tourism Executive of the Year award.