It’s been another busy week of executive appointments and changes in the travel industry.
Travel Leaders made another big personnel move with the promotion of Pam Young to senior vice president, industry relations, reporting to Travel Leaders Group Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Winterton. Previously, she had been vice president, industry relations. She is responsible for overseeing partnerships with travel suppliers, including cruise lines, tour operators, car rental firms and travel insurance companies, based out of the company’s Plymouth, MN, office. Young has also served as manager of supplier relations for one of the company’s travel associates programs, as well as district sales manager for Royal Caribbean International.
In hotel news, Rosewood Hotel Group has named Jennifer Jones as its director of global sales, responsible for identifying and developing sales opportunities and initiatives for corporate and group bookings in the eastern U.S. and Canadian markets. Most recently serving as the group sales manager for Four Seasons Resort & Residences Anguilla, Jones has also spent time with 3D Cruise Parnters, as well as nearly 16 years with Four Seasons under several titles.
The Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City has named Karim Abdelhamid as its new hotel manager, where he will be responsible for managing guest experiences and overall operations for the 330-room luxury hotel. He most recently served as the resort manager with the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.
In cruise news, Celestyal Cruises has named David Beasley as its new manager, contact center and business intelligence, North America. He will report to the cruise line’s president, Leslie Peden. The line’s call center will report to Beasley in the new role, as well as all administrative and group functions. Beasley previously served as manager, commercial and operational support, at Wendy Wu Tours.
Finally, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Ed Simon as its new senior vice president of convention sales and services, effective February 26. His focus will be on growing the customer base for the destination’s hotel sector and the Broward County Convention Center, which is about to roll out a major expansion that will add an extra 500,000 square feet of meeting space and an upscale 800-room headquarters hotel. Prior to joining the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Simon created and launched the Association Meeting Buyers Collection, a membership based organization aimed at enhancing the buying power of the association industry. He has also served as vice president of sales for Destination Hotels; vice president of sales and marketing at Remington Hotels; and regional vice president of sales at Associated Luxury Hotels International.