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      TW Gatherings August 2014

      Harry Potter film stars, including Helena Bonham Carter, second front left; Matthew Lewis, third from left; Robbie Coltrane (fifth from left) and Tom Felton second from right, attended an exclusive preview of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort. The new area, which opened officially on July 8, expands the Harry Potter attraction across both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure parks.

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      TW Gatherings August 2014

      "Tropical Night of Jibaro Jazz" at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, featuring Puerto Rican musicians Nestor Torres, Jerry Medina and Edwin Colon Zayas, was a highlight of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co.'s New York launch of its "Summer is Easy" campaign, highlighting the island's culture, music and cuisine.

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      TW Gatherings August 2014

      Travel Leaders Group’s second annual Day of Giving drew 240 volunteers, including staff from Travel Leaders franchisees, Travel Leaders headquarters, Tzell, Nexion, Protravel and Travel Leaders Corporate. From left, Barry Liben, CEO, Travel Leaders Group and Delia Friedman, Protravel agent, New York.

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      TW Gatherings August 2014

      Travel Leaders Group held its second annual Day of Giving. Participating Travel Leaders members, franchisees and clients collected 3.67 tons of groceries and donated $50,000 to local food banks or Feeding America. From left, Joe Deliberto, Kim Collins and Michelle Meyer, Travel Leaders Corporate of St. Louis.

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      TW Gatherings August 2014

      Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, left, shakes hands with Imani Blackman from Magruder High School in Rockville, Md. at the National Academy Foundation (NAF) annual conference, where Sorenson served as a guest speaker. NAF is the parent organization of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, and Sorenson spoke about the partnership that exists between the industry and education. Marriott is a big supporter of NAF and wants to raise the awareness of the hospitality industry as a viable career choice for high school and college students.

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      TW Gatherings August 2014

      Simon Fricker, second from left, general manager of the new Le Meridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center, and Dave Marr, Starwood Hotels & Resorts sr. vice president of brand management, cut the ribbon at the opening of the hotel on July 31. They are flanked by Pablo Henderson, left, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts brand manager, and George Fleck, Le Meridien & Westin vice president of global brand management.

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      TW Gatherings August 2014

      Founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts David Siegel stands in front of the “W” that will be placed on the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino’s marquee. Westgate recently bought the hotel, the former Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (originally the Las Vegas Hilton). The marquee letters are the largest in Las Vegas at 20 feet and one inch.

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      TW Gatherings August 2014

      Paula Brabants of Tourism Cares plants seagrasses at Virginia Key Park on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, a 1,000-acre barrier island of wetlands, sea-grass beds, tidal and mud flats and home to the landmark Miami Marine Stadium. A total of 325 travel and tourism executives from 29 states, four countries, and 83 companies donated their time and energy to the clean-up and restoration of the park and the abandoned stadium, which was built in 1963 and hosted powerboat races, political rallies and concerts by Jimmy Buffett and others.

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      TW Gatherings August 2014

      Mike Rea, president and CEO of Tourism Cares, welcomes travel and tourism executives who volunteered to restore Virginia Key Park on Miami’s Biscayne Bay and the landmark Miami Marine Stadium. Said Rea: "History is being made today and the tourism industry is again manifesting its care for place and depth of corporate social responsibility."

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      TW Gatherings August 2014

      The Fairmont Pittsburgh was named Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' 2013 Hotel of the Year. Carolyn Clark, senior vice president, human resources Americas for parent company FRHI Hotels & Resorts, and Heather McCrory, FRHI senior vice president operations Americas, presented the award to Matthew Sterne, general manager of the Fairmont Pittsburgh, and Mark Andrew, FRHI regional vice president, Northeast, U.S.A.

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      TW Gatherings August 2014

      KIE/Kintetsu International, No. 44 in Travel Weekly’s 2014 Power List, held its fifth annual KIE Travel Showcase on June 19th, at the Park Central hotel in midtown Manhattan. In total, more than 10 major airlines, 40 major tristate hotels, National/Enterprise car rental and various vacation vendors exhibited their products and services. In addition, close to 200 KIE clients attended this year. All vendor and client participation totals represent record numbers.

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