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TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2018 /CNW/ - Tourism Toronto announced new executive appointments today, aligned with the organization's strategic priorities. Andrew Weir has been named to the new position of Executive Vice President, Destination Development, and Jon Mamela will join Tourism Toronto as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Both appointments take effect on January 1, 2019.

"Modern destination marketing is more holistic than just marketing alone and it takes an active role in shaping how Toronto continues to evolve as a top global destination," said Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. "Leading this new initiative, Andrew will become the champion for the visitor experience and key connector for the tourism industry with business leaders and government officials to help shape the policy and business environment to spur continued growth for the visitor economy in Toronto and the region."

"Jon is a true leader in destination marketing in Canada. His experience and success building national marketing programs – and expanding those programs into international markets and through new strategies and technologies – will help us inspire more travellers and drive more business to Toronto in the years ahead," said Ms. Bélanger.

Jon Mamela joins Tourism Toronto after five years with Destination Canada as SVP and Chief Marketing Officer where he led the organization's digital marketing and sales transformation and achieved consecutive year-over-year growth resulting in new record highs for international visitation to Canada. Prior to Destination Canada, Jon built his marketing and sales career over the past twenty years in the travel sector with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and Travel Alberta, as well as in the consumer packaged goods industry with Procter & Gamble.

"I'm truly excited to be returning to Toronto and joining an organization that has directly impacted the city and region's global reputation as a must-visit destination in Canada. I look forward to joining an outstanding team where I can bring my combination of tourism and hotel experience to help drive further growth," said Mr. Mamela.

Andrew Weir has been with Tourism Toronto for the past 13 years. For the past four years, he has served as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, during which time he led the development of a new tourism brand and campaign for Toronto that has won numerous national and international awards for destination marketing. Prior to that, Mr. Weir was Vice President, Communications for nine years. Earlier in his career, he served as Communications Director to a provincial Cabinet Minister and worked in communications in the biotech and medical device sector.

"The past five years have seen unprecedented tourism growth in Toronto. I'm excited to lead the work of identifying and developing ways of improving the destination experience, and forging stronger connections between tourism and other business sectors to drive sustained growth for our city and region," said Mr. Weir.

Toronto's tourism sector is a key economic driver for the city and region. As Canada's most-visited destination, Toronto welcomes more than 43 million people each year for leisure, business, conventions, to visit family and to experience the vibrancy of Canada's Downtown. Visitors spend $8.8 billion per year in Toronto, supporting the jobs of 315,000 people who work in tourism and hospitality throughout the region.

 
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Washington, DC – November 1, 2018, Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Awards of Excellence. Recipients were honored at a special ceremony and gala at The Broadmoor (1918) in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Thursday, November 1. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200 industry leaders, owners, senior management, and representatives of the finest historic hotels from across America and from around the world. Honors were given in multiple categories ranging from Hotelier of the Year and Hotel Historian of the Year to Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotelier of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and others.

Each year, these Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence honor, encourage, and recognize the most exemplary historic hotels, hoteliers, and leadership practices. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence are presented to historic hotels and hoteliers demonstrating innovative leadership, stewardship, and contribution to furthering the recognition, preservation, and celebration of these preeminent historic hotels and their histories.

From more than 200 nominees, the following Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels and hoteliers were honored with these prestigious annual awards for 2018:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year

The Statler (1956) Dallas, Texas

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel

The Otesaga Hotel and Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, New York 

Sustainability Champion

La Fonda (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)

Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California

Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms)

Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn (1766) Rhinebeck, New York

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms)

The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms)

Hotel Captain Cook (1964) Anchorage, Alaska

Best City Center Historic Hotel

The Jefferson Hotel (1895) Richmond, Virginia

Best Historic Resort

The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania

Best Historic Restaurant

Woods Restaurant at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan

  

Hotel Historian of the Year

Teresa Porter at Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California 

Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century of Service)

Ann Alba at The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colorado

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in Europe

Domus Renier Boutique Hotel (1608) Chania, Greece

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in Asia/Pacific

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (1901) Hanoi, Vietnam

 Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in the Americas

The Omni King Edward Hotel (1903) Toronto, Canada

2018 Historian of the Year

Luke Barr

Celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Ritz & Escoffier: The Hotelier, the Chef & the Rise of the Leisure Class; and Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste

Steward of History and Historic Preservation

Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year

The Beach family at Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont

Historic Hotelier of the Year

David Tamulevich at Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) Portland, Maine

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ken Price, at Palmer House®, a Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois

“Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence.  These 2018 winners represent more than 400 years of history and include the finest legendary and iconic historic hotels from across the United States of America and from around the world,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We are delighted to recognize these magnificent historic hotels and their historic hoteliers for their dedication, passion, stewardship, and leadership in preserving these treasures and their stories for future generations of travelers.”

Award recipients are selected from nominees received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories. 

 
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VISIONARIES AND COMMUNITY LEADERS UNITE FOR FIRST-EVER SUSTAINABLE HOSPITALITY SYMPOSIUM IN MONTEREY

 

Congressman Jimmy Panetta, Allison Gosselin of Aramark Leisure Services and                  

 

Former President José María Figueres Olsen of Costa Rica Announced as Speakers

 

 

 

MONTEREY, Calif., February 6, 2017 - From the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium to a hotel industry that has garnered numerous accolades, Monterey County has long set the bar for sustainable business practices and standards. As the region continues to be at the forefront of the sustainable movement, more than two dozen community leaders and visionaries along with an audience of public officials, public policy experts, hospitality and tourism professionals, hospitality developers and contractors and hospitality educators are gathering for the first-ever Sustainable Hospitality Symposium on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

 

 

 

The Sustainable Hospitality Management program at CSUMB has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Monterey County Hospitality Association, the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board, the Santa Cruz County Economic Development Agency, local cities and firms as well as the Government of Costa Rica to host this momentous event.  CSUMB is also thrilled to announce that Congressman Jimmy Panetta, who was recently selected to serve on the House Committee on Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans and the Subcommittee on Federal Lands, will be joining the list of notable speakers.

 

 

 

"The Sustainability Symposium is bringing together the creme-de-la-creme of policy-makers, public officials, hospitality leaders, green developers and builders as well as educators from Costa Rica and the United States. The goal is to shape the future of the Monterey Bay region as the leading sustainable hospitality, eco-tourism and eco-recreation region in the country," says Shyam Kamath, Dean of the College of Business at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB).

 

 

 

Costa Rica is a world leading country in sustainable hospitality and eco-tourism. Former President José María Figueres Olsen was the primary architect and public official who pioneered the country's sustainable hospitality development and ecotourism strategy. President Figueres will keynote the symposium with a team of leading sustainable hospitality CEOs and the Minister of Tourism from Costa Rica.

 

 

 

Allison Gosselin, Director of Engineering and Sustainability at Aramark Leisure Services, is confirmed as Keynote Speaker; and Julie Packard of the Monterey Bay Aquarium will also address attendees at the reception. Leaders will be discussing topics such as sustainable hospitality, eco-tourism, eco-recreation development and opportunities as well as attracting sustainable investment and public-private partnerships to Monterey County.

 

 

 

"At Aramark, a deep commitment to reducing our environmental footprint is a driving factor in our management of Asilomar Conference Grounds, and we've made significant strides in water and waste management," says Gosselin. "The symposium presents a great opportunity to learn from other environmental leaders and discover new ways for Aramark to continue to make an impact."

 

Additional speakers include: President Eduardo Ochoa, Dean Shyam Kamath and Sustainable Hospitality Management Program Executive Director John Avella of CSUMB; Ted Balestreri, CEO of Cannery Row Company; Costa Rican hospitality firm CEOs Alfonso Gómez, Jose Alvaro Jenkins, Karin Zurcher and Roberto Fernández along with Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura of the Government of Costa Rica; John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources; Cody Plott, COO of the Pebble Beach Company; Kurt Gollnick, COO of Scheid Vineyards; Margaret Spring, Vice President of Conservation and Science and Chief Conservation Officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium; Assemblywoman Anna Caballero; Supervisor Jane Parker of Monterey County;  Janine Chicourrat, General Manager of the Portola Hotel & Spa; Tammy Blount, President & CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Teresa Matsui, CEO of Matsui Nursery; and Tejal Sood, CEO of Bayside Resorts in Santa Cruz.

 

"Monterey County's values in practices and development are key to our strength as a sustainable destination and make us the perfect place to hold this symposium to ensure our continued leadership in this arena," says Blount.

 

 The Sustainable Hospitality Symposium will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the InterContinental The Clement Monterey from 8am - 4pm. For more information, please visit: csumb.edu/green <http://csumb.edu/green> .

 

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