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Best in Hospitality Industry Marketing to be Honored at HSMAI Gala; Hilton CEO Nassetta to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

February 5, 2015
The 2014 HSMAI Awards recognize the "Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing" in the hospitality industry © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The 2014 HSMAI Awards recognize the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing” in the hospitality industry © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association is honoring the 2014 HSMAI Adrian Award lifetime achievement award winners during the HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala, February 23, 2015, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

This year’s recipients, Christopher J. Nassetta and Geoffrey Weill, have shown dedication to the travel and hospitality industry, driving unique and noteworthy advertising, marketing and public relations initiatives.

Christopher J. Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton Worldwide, has been selected as the Albert E. Koehl Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Marketing recipient for 2014. “Chris has shown a dedication to the hospitality industry throughout his career, and is an ambassador for the global hospitality industry,” said Robert A. Gilbert president and CEO of HSMAI. “Since coming to Hilton, he has energized their brands, with a renewed focus on guest experience, strategic marketing, culture and innovation. He is most deserving and we are excited to present him with the Albert E. Koehl Award.”

Nassetta joined Hilton Worldwide in 2007 after serving as President and CEO of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. for seven years. Prior to joining Host Hotels & Resorts, Nassetta co-founded Bailey Capital Corporation in 1991, where he was responsible for the operations of the real estate investment and advisory firm. 

Geoffrey Weill, President of WEILL, is the 2014 recipient of the Winthrop W. Grice Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Public Relations. “Throughout his career, Geoffrey has been hugely successful,” said Robert A. Gilbert, president and CEO of HSMAI. “He is knowledgeable and supportive of his fellow practitioners, offering advice and counsel and sharing opportunities with others. Geoffrey epitomizes everything that is good about public relations and continues to promote the joys of travel for visitors from first timers to sophisticated and discerning people.”

Weill opened his agency in 1995 and has worked in the tourism public relations industry since 1976, starting with the Israel Government Tourist Office, a client he continues to represent.

The HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala, February 23, 2015, at the New York Marriott Marquis, is a multifaceted, black-tie networking extravaganza celebrating award-winning work, lifetime achievement, and the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing.”

The event opens with a dinner reception before the Awards Presentation that includes Adrian Awards Platinum & Best of Show; American Express Loyalty Award; Leader in Sustainable Tourism Award, presented in conjunction with National Geographic Traveler; TravelClick eMarketer of the Year; Yahoo! Yodeler of the Year ; Albert E. Koehl Award for Marketing: Christopher J. Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton Worldwide; and Winthrop W. Grice Award for Public Relations: Geoffrey Weill, President, WEILL.

For more information, visit www.adrianawards.com/gala/gala.asp.

 

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WTH’s Sean Tolkin Sets Record for Marathon at Sea; Raises $50,000 for Make-A-Wish

October 6, 2013
Sean Tolkin, business development director at World Travel Holdings, became the first American to run a marathon at sea, doing it in record time (3 hours 43 minutes) onboard Norwegian Breakaway, and raising $50,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish®, the official charity of WTH's CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. divisions © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Sean Tolkin, business development director at World Travel Holdings, became the first American to run a marathon at sea, doing it in record time (3 hours 43 minutes) onboard Norwegian Breakaway, and raising $50,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish®, the official charity of WTH’s CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. divisions © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Sean Tolkin, business development director at World Travel Holdings, became the first American to run a marathon at sea, doing it in record time (3 hours 43 minutes) onboard Norwegian Breakaway, and raising $50,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish®, the official charity of WTH’s CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. divisions.

The “Run Like a Champion, Cruise Like a Norwegian” marathon was held during the CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® National Conference. As of race time, Tolkin raised nearly $50,000 for the non-profit organization, that is dedicated to helping children feel stronger, more energetic and able to deal with their life-threatening medical conditions.

“I am beyond thrilled with the outpouring of support I received from my colleagues, friends, family and passengers leading up to and onboard Norwegian Breakaway this week,” said Tolkin, whose final laps were cheered on by hundreds of cruise agents attending the conference. “This marathon blended my love of the travel industry with my passion for running all in the name of a good cause, to benefit our signature charity Make-A-Wish.”

During the time it took Tolkin to run the 26.2 miles, or 210 laps around the track, the ship, Norwegian’s newest, traveled 74 nautical miles. Hundreds of onlookers cheered on Sean during each lap, with several agents and World Travel Holdings employees joining Sean for each mile.  As a result of the marathon, Make-A-Wish will be able to grant five wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Keri Rivera, corporate alliances manager for Make-A-Wish®; Sean Tolkin, business development director for World Travel Holdings, parent company of CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc. ®; and Captain Evans Hoyt, Norwegian Cruise Line® © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Keri Rivera, corporate alliances manager for Make-A-Wish®; Sean Tolkin, business development director for World Travel Holdings, parent company of CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc. ®; and Captain Evans Hoyt, Norwegian Cruise Line® © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Combined with $53,000 raised by the 700 agents attending the national conference, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® raised more than $103,000 for Make-A-Wish.

CruiseOne franchises home-based travel agencies; Cruises Inc. is a host network for home-based cruise agents who are independent contractors. For more information, visit www.CruiseOneFranchise.com or www.SellCruises.com. 

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Proposed Aviation Tax Increases Harmful to Travel Industry, Consumers, Says ASTA

July 22, 2011

ASTA is warning that increasing taxes on air travel "catastrophic for an industry already struggling to recover from the recent recession which saw millions of Americans curtail their travel." © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The American Society of Travel Agents is calling upon the federal lawmakers to look elsewhere for money to close the budget deficit, saying that increasing aviation taxes would only serve to hurt the U.S. transportation industry and the consumers who rely on it.

“To place additional taxes on airline travel might assist with closing the budget gap in the short run, but such actions will no doubt have unintended, long-term negative consequences as consumers already faced with tight budgets cut back on air travel or eliminate it altogether,” said Tony Gonchar, ASTA CEO. “The results could be catastrophic for an industry already struggling to recover from the recent recession which saw millions of Americans curtail their travel.

“It won’t be just the airlines that feel the resulting pain, but travel agencies who sell air, hotels and resorts, cruise lines and car rental companies to name a few. The resulting loss of jobs would only serve to compound our current economic troubles, rather than alleviate them,” Gonchar added.

According to a release recently issued by the Air Transport Association of America, the industry’s non-income tax burden has grown from $3.7 billion in 1993 to approximately $17 billion today. In 2010, U.S. airlines and their passengers contributed $3.4 billion in taxes and fees to the Department of Homeland Security, including $2 billion in taxes and fees to the Transportation Security Administration – a 50 percent increase from the amount collected in 2002. Taxes on ARC-settled air fares sold by travel agents increased from 9.7 percent in 2001 to 16.63 percent in 2010.

The mission of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. ASTA seeks a retail travel marketplace that is profitable and growing and a rewarding field in which to work, invest and do business.

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