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  • TW Gatherings April 2014 - 1 of 9

    TW Gatherings April 2014

    The fourth annual American Express IV Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic took place April 11 to 14 at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita on the Riviera Nayarit on Mexico's Pacific coast. Participants included, from left: Carl Emberson, general manager, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort; Santiago Fernandez Vidal, vice president, American Express, Mexico; Rich Beem, 2002 PGA champion; Mauricio Arnal, director of finance, Televisa Publishing; and John O'Sullivan, general manager, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita.

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    TW Gatherings April 2014

    The Hicks family of St. Petersburg is greeted by Russ Dagon (in yellow shirt), vice president and executive project director at Universal Creative, and the “Despicable Me” Minions at the opening of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort in Orlando on March 31. They were the first guests to check in at the retro-inspired hotel, whose amenities include a 10,000-square-foot pool with tower waterslide and a 10-lane bowling alley.

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    TW Gatherings April 2014

    New Zealand welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George on their first official tour as a family on April 7. Here, the Duchess of Cambridge receives a traditional Maori greeting from Maori elder Hiria Hape at the Government House.

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    TW Gatherings April 2014

    The Hangzhou Tourism Commission was a participating partner in the 2014 BNP Paribas Showdown on March 3 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. From left, Yaping Xue, China National Tourist Office director; Paul Cohen, vice president, Optriant, a division of the Preferred Hospitality Group; and Joe Byrne, former head of Tourism Ireland, North America.

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    TW Gatherings April 2014

    Silversea Cruises selected Lisa Long of Avoya Travel as the winner of its Partner for Success sweepstakes for U.S. and Canadian travel agents. Long’s prize: a Mercedes-Benz sedan. Kristian Anderson, Silversea's senior vice president of sales and general manager for North America, handed over the keys. "I was thrilled to hear that I had won," Long said. "My travel agency specializes in luxury cruises, and I love creating amazing vacation experiences on Silversea's ships and delivering first-class service to my customers."

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    TW Gatherings April 2014

    Sarah Silverman, Canadian singer/songwriter, performed at the Canadian Tourism Commission’s lunch for the media and destination partners at New York’s Per Se restaurant in March.

  • TW Gatherings April 2014 - 7 of 9

    TW Gatherings April 2014

    Dominique Meyer, director of the Vienna State Opera, was in town in March to help promote the 150th anniversary of Vienna’s Ringstrasse, taking place in 2015. Emperor Franz Joseph officially opened Vienna's Ringstrasse on May 1, 1865, and the grand, circular road surrounding the inner city is home to museums, parks, monuments, and important municipal buildings and cultural attractions including the state opera. The city will celebrate the famous boulevard's birthday in 2015 with numerous events and exhibitions.

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    TW Gatherings April 2014

    At the topping-off ceremony at the new Marriott Hotel Port-au-Prince in Haiti, scheduled to open in early 2015, are, from left: Ineke Botter, CEO of Digicel Haiti (with shovel) and Andrew Houghton, Marriott International's area vice president, Caribbean and Latin America, surrounded by the Marriott Port-au-Prince construction crew. Digicel Group is designing and building the hotel; Marriott International's Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand is the operating partner under a long-term management contract.

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    TW Gatherings April 2014

    Derek Peterson of Global Pursuits show off his newly wrapped Sandals Resorts car on the beach in Waikiki. Peterson was introduced to the Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts brands in June 2012 at a Buck Wilson Travel trade show in Honolulu. He has received more than a year’s worth of training on a number of products via various seminars and has set a goal of becoming Hawaii’s top Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts producer.

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