* CHANGINGFACES John Jeakins has been named vice president, Asia, for Swissotel Hotels & Resorts, with responsibility for Swissotel Beijing, Swissotel Dalian, and the company's global sales offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
At Wyndham International, based in Dallas, Jacqueline Goldy was recently named director of incentive sales. Before joining Wyndham, Goldy worked for the Drake Hotel in Chicago as director of sales and marketing.
Susan Newcomb, CMP, has been promoted to senior account executive for the Midwest national account office at Marriott International, based in Chicago. Newcomb has been with Marriott for 11 years and is an active member of MPI.
At the Monarch Hotel, Washington, D.C., Michael Jahn has been named executive meeting manager, and Adam Rineer has joined the sales force as group sales manager. Quantella Anderson has been promoted to corporate sales manager. Since joining the Monarch staff in January 1999, Anderson has been promoted twice. Jahn most recently served as executive meeting sales manager at the Westin Fairfax Hotel in Washington, D.C. Rineer also comes to the hotel from the Westin Fairfax, where he was a group sales manager.
Matt Brody has been promoted to sales director for Disney's BoardWalk Inn & Villas, adjacent to Epcot and the Disney-MGM Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Brody will also oversee the sales team responsible for executive meetings at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts has appointed Cathy Reynolds to its Northeast national sales office, based in Parsippany, N.J. Reynolds will represent the Rosen Centre, the Rosen Plaza, and a yet-unnamed Rosen resort property, all in the Orlando area, to corporate accounts.
At Adam's Mark Jacksonville (Fla.), four new sales managers have been hired. Joanne Devine will focus on Northeast U.S. sales; Jackie Heyl is the Florida corporate accounts sales manager; Denise Marchesani will focus on events for corporate businesses and associations; and Frank Skrek's market will be meetings and conventions from the Jacksonville.
Douglas K. Lester has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Kiawah Island Resorts, near Charleston, S.C. He comes to Kiawah Island Resorts from Wild Dunes Resort near Charleston, where he held a similar position.
Kristi Kavanaugh has been promoted to director of sales and marketing at The Aspen Club & Spa, in Aspen, Colo. Before joining the Aspen Club, Kavanaugh was associate director of sales at the St. Regis, Aspen.
Andrea Greene and Shannon Gilbert have been appointed national sales managers for The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay (Calif.), completing the pre-opening sales team for the resort, scheduled to open in December. Greene will handle sales for the Northeast, Southeast, and Texas. She previously was national sales manager for The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas (USVI). Gilbert will be responsible for sales in California. She returns to Ritz-Carlton after working in sales for La Quinta (Calif.) Resort & Club.
Leticia Canizalez has been named sales manager for the mid-Atlantic region at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, Calif. Canizalez worked previously as senior sales manager for The Hyatt Regency, La Jolla (Calif.).
At the Wyndham El Conquistador Resort in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico, Robert Filipelli has been named director of sales and marketing and Michael Crist has been appointed associate director of sales. Filipelli's 17-year career in hotel sales has included stints at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort & Towers in Miami Beach and The Pointe Hilton Resort in Phoenix. Prior to signing on with the El Conquistador, Crist worked for the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., as well as at other Marriott properties.
* GOINGPLACES The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is set to open in December in Santa Ana, N.M., 20 miles north of Albuquerque. The 350-room resort was developed on Native American land in partnership with the Santa Ana Pueblo. Each guest room opens onto a private balcony or patio with views of the Sandia Mountains. The property will offer 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 12,000-square-foot ballroom. Open-air courtyards, gardens, an amphitheater, and a 10,000-square-foot outdoor ballroom are available. The 13,000-square-foot spa will have 18 treatment rooms, and a fitness center will offer classes. A Gary Panks-designed golf course, Twin Warriors Championship Golf Club, is on-site.
Hilton Hotels Corp. staked its claim on New York's revitalized 42nd Street with the June opening of the Hilton Times Square. The lobby of the 444-room property is on the 29th floor of a retail and entertainment complex that includes a 25-screen megaplex and Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Each guest room has two dual-line phones with data ports, high-speed Internet access via the TV, and a safe that can accommodate a laptop computer. Eight meeting rooms - 6,000 square feet - accommodate groups of 10 to 150 people. Noted restaurateur Larry Forgione operates the lobby restaurant and will be the exclusive caterer for meetings.
Four world-class resorts, a golf club, and the city of Indian Wells, Calif., have joined forces. The group includes Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Indian Wells Resort Hotel, Miramonte Resort, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort, and the Golf Resort at Indian Wells, which together offer 1,275 rooms and suites, 100,000 square feet of meeting space, three spas, four fitness centers, 36 holes of golf, 38 tennis courts, and 10 restaurants. The resorts are a five-minute walk from each other. Visit www.indianwells.org for more details.
The 286-room Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa in Houston is renovating all guest rooms, public areas, and the Forest and Juniper ballrooms. The property includes the 125,000-square-foot club, a private health club, and spa.
* BEYONDBORDERS - Starwood Hotels & Resorts has signed the managementfor the 308-room Sheraton Twin Towers Hotel & Suites in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, with an opening date set for early 2003. Plans include 11,000 square feet of meeting space, a health club, and two swimming pools. Starwood has also announced it will manage the 215-room Sheraton Hotel Bilbao in Spain. The hotel is set to open in mid-2002.
- Bass Hotels & Resorts has purchased the 400-room San Juan Grand Beach Resort & Casino which, after a $17 renovation, will emerge as the Inter-Continental San Juan Resort & Casino. The beachfront resort, in the Isla Verde tourist area, offers 18,600 square feet of meeting space and a 10,000-square-foot casino.
In Memorial Jeffrey J. Maggerine, 32, sales manager for the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., was killed in an early morning one-car accident August 14 in Orlando in the midst of the American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting, hours before he was to participate in a press conference announcing the convention center's expansion plans.
Maggerine, who was the architect of a 25-year contract between the convention center and Reed Expositions representing about $2 billion in future business for the facility and the community, worked at OCCC for six years. Before that, he was director of sales and marketing for the Oncenter, Onondaga County Convention Center, in Syracuse, N.Y.
On Saturday, September 23, Frank Mullen, director of the Scottish Tourist Board's UK marketing department and of the Scottish Convention Bureau, died of cancer at the age of 42. He worked previously as marketing director of the Greater Glasgow Tourist Board.
In his "adopted" country, the United States, Frank was an articulate and passionate advocate for Scotland, winning the respect and admiration of leading figures in the travel industry and, with it, their business and their friendship. In October, a memorial service was held in his honor in New York.
He is survived by his parents, Frank and Annie; his brother John and sister-in-law Margo; nephews Craig, Callum, and Paul; and his lifelong companion, Gerry.
Hotel Guanahani Once you weather the short, white-knuckle flight from St. Maarten to St. Barthelemy - the small, chartered plane slipping through a narrow gap between two mountains to ease itself onto the runway and stopping just short of the narrow beach dotted with sunbathers - island time begins. A 15-minute van transfer over a lush landscape takes you to Hotel Guanahani, a perfect island getaway for small corporate meetings or incentives.
Set on its own 15-acre peninsula, Guanahani has two sandy beaches, one facing a tranquil lagoon, one looking out to the open sea. The hotel's 75 brightly colored bungalows, each with a terrace and lush, private garden, sprawl from beachside to the top of a breezy headland with spectacular views. Several bungalows feature private pools and private outdoor Jacuzzis. There are water sports, a full-service spa, and two lighted tennis courts.
For groups of eight or more, the hotel's off-season package (April through October) includes accommodations in an ocean-view room, breakfast and lunch or dinner, and use of the hotel's meeting room (at 500 square feet, it holds up to 22 people, classroom style). Rates this year began at $280 per room per night, and include airport transfers.
St. Barthelemy (or St. Barth) is part of the French West Indies, so exquisite dining abounds, including the Guanahani's two restaurants. Bartolomeo, a casually elegant restaurant with live piano music in the bar and al fresco dining on the terrace, is reminiscent of Casablanca with its ceiling fans and bamboo furniture; L'Indigo is a stunning, open-air dining space for breakfast and lunch, overlooking the edgeless pool and the blue Atlantic.
Boutique-style, duty-free shopping is a short drive away in Gustavia (U.S. dollars accepted everywhere). In the unlikely event that you grow weary of the hotel's beaches, the island is ringed with lovely white-sand strands and secluded coves (those on the south side face the Caribbean; on the north, the Atlantic). In the French style, many are clothing-optional.
Guanahani is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. For more information, call (800) 223-6800.