• New Hire for Visit Dana Point

     
    POSTED September 16, 2016
     

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.

“We are very enthusiastic about having Sean onboard,” says Jim Samuels, general manager of Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa and chairman of the board of directors for Visit Dana Point. “With his record of accomplishments in his previous positions, we look forward to working with him to promote Dana Point as a premier destination for visitors and to enhance our local tourism economy."

Keliiholokai is a certified hospitality sales professional. He received his holds a Masters of

Hospitality Administration degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a bachelor’s degree. in business administration from Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. He is married with a one-year-old son.

The brand will operate City Express properties in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Marriott International has reached an agreement to acquire the City Express brand portfolio comprised of 152 hotels.

The City Express portfolio includes hotels in 75 cities in Mexico, one hotel each in Costa Rica, Columbia, and Chile, along with five under-construction projects. The new brand name will include the signature “by Marriott” endorsement, joining 30 other brand names in the Marriott franchise system.

 

Nearly all hotels are experiencing staffing shortages, according to a new member survey conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). AHLA conducted the latest Front Desk Feedback survey of nearly 200 hoteliers Sept. 12-19, 2022.

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of survey respondents indicated they are experiencing a staffing shortage, 36% severely so. The most critical staffing need is housekeeping, with 43% ranking it as their biggest challenge. 

 

The MGM Resorts Foundation awarded nearly $2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations located in communities around the country in which MGM Resorts operates, including Nevada; Michigan; Mississippi; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and Massachusetts. The foundation granted funding to organizations that provide basic needs services to community residents.