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New Hire for Visit Dana Point

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Sean Keliiholokai has been hired as the executive director for Visit Dana Point. In his role, he will be responsible for growing the local tourism industry with improevments on visitor attraction and retention, lodging offerings, and meetings and groups iniatiavies.

Keliiholokai, who started his position last month, formerly was the director of sales and marketing for the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau in California. Keliiholokai also spent time at the Hyatt Regency Orange Count, Marriott International and Disneyland Resort.

Meet Daniel Corcoran

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These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Daniel Corcoran was recently hired as the chief operating officer for the Corcoran Expositions.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as chief operating officer at Corcoran Expositions?

Visit Anaheim Adds to Sales Team

Visit Anaheim, recently hired Loretta Gon, Julie Kispal Rice and Debbie Megna for their sales team.  

With 12 years of hospitality sales experience, Gon, will serve as the new convention sales director for the central region. Gon is a certified meeting professional, has been awarded the Circle of Excellence. Most recently, she was the senior sales manager at the Hilton Anaheim.

Hyatt Regency Collaborated With Fast Company and Inc. To Create Better Guest Experience

In the second year of their campaign, ‘It’s Good Not To Be Home,’ Hyatt Regency teamed up with Fast Company and Inc. to elevate their hotel experience. The collaboration allows travelers to participate through social media, and share why ‘It’s Good Not To Be Home.’ Using #HyattRegencyContest, guests can share creative ways to improve the Hyatt guest experience. At the end of the contest, two winners will be selected and given the chance to bring their visions to life, with the help of personal trainer Gunnar Peterson, and pastry chef/cronut creator Dominique Ansel.

Lisa Timbo Appointed General Manager of JW Marriott Chicago

JW Marriott Chicago has announced the appointment of Lisa Timbo to the role of general manager. Timbo, a Chicago native, has been in the industry for 30 years

Previously, she served as general manager at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center since 2010.

Boutique Hotel Industry Leaders Come Together in Los Angeles

Boutique hotel pioneers, travel advisors, media and industry professionals will convene at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center for the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association’s annual three-day Leadership Symposium, Oct. 24-26. BLLA is the leading hospitality association; their annual symposium is meant to connect upscale hoteliers with industry innovators and hospitality investors from around the world.

Whitney Peak Hotel Reveals Renovation

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The Whitney Peak Hotel is ringing in their incredibly successful first two years of operation with a newly-completed renovation. In order to meet the growing demand for meeting space in a non-smoking, non-gaming environment the Whitney Peak Hotel’s renovation has more than doubled the hotel’s meeting capacity.

LACC Reports Record Year

AEG Facilities, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, provides venue management and other specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. This management has recently gained attention from its management of the Los Angeles Convention Center, as its 2015–2016 fiscal year yielded exceptional results. LACC reported a successful financial and operational year-to-date with the venue exceeding revenue expectations and nearly tripling the prior year’s profits.

Winnebago County Sees Tourism Growth

Tourist spending in Rockford and Winnebago counties has continues to rise year after year—in 2015 it reached $349.91 million, a 3 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism.

"We are delighted to see such strong results again this year for the tourism economy in Winnebago County," says Roberta Holzwarth, board chair, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Sustained economic growth is crucial as we transform our region.”

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