$10.8B for Mexico tourism
rose 14.6% to a record $10.8 billion last year as Sectur, the
Mexican tourism ministry, reported a 10% gain in
arrivals to 20.6 million visitors.
Tourism is expected
to account for 8.2% of Mexicos economy in 2005.RyanAir boosts Boeing
airline Ryanair placed a firm order for 70 737
aircraft valued at $4 billion, with an option for 70 more, in order
to maintain its planned double-digit growth in the latter years of
about 74 737 aircraft, according to its Web site, and its
still taking deliveries at a rapid pace from a previous order for
155 737s.Kiosks coming to all Embassy
Embassy Suites chain decided to install
self-service check-in at all its properties by June 2006 and said
it hopes to hit the 75% mark by the end of this year.
EmbassyDirect Registration Kiosks, introduced at
select properties last October, were developed by Hiltons IT
division and IBM and are capable of facilitating room check-ins and
checkouts and personalized messaging to guests.Yard sale for Universal?
Studios Hollywood will open a retail store called the
Wardrobe Department, which will sell clothing and
collectibles that have been used in TV shows and movies. Each item
will come with a certificate of authenticity.
Prices will range
from $25 to $150 for clothing worn by actors in such shows as
American Dreams, Crossing Jordan and Will and Grace.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group appointed
Albert Mertz general manager at the new Mandarin
Oriental, Riviera Maya, Mexico, which is set to open in December.
Mertz, a 15-year industry veteran, was doing double duty as
resident manager and director of food and beverage at the Miami
mandarin Oriental for four years ... Windstar Cruises appointed
Gerald Moesslinger manager of marine hotel
operations. Moesslinger, who previously worked at Seabourn Cruises,
will oversee accommodations, shore excursions, the lines
watersports program and food and beverage ... The most recent
corporate fallout following Air Jamaicas restructuring mandate
includes John Lewis, who resigned as executive
vice president and chief revenue officer, and Bryan
Shilling, who is out as president of Air Jamaica Vacations
(AJV). Handling the day-to-day operations at AJV is Mike
Norton, vice president of sales and marketing. Shilling
has moved to US Airways Vacations as vice president and general
manager ... South African Tourism hired Claude
Pretorius to be portfolio manager of the Americas and the
U.K. The organization also hired a new country manager for the
U.S., Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, who will be based in
New York. Mabuza-Suttle was a TV producer in South Africa ...
Collette Vacations promoted Kevin Kramich to
executive vice president. Previously vice president of global
sales, Kramich has been with Collette since 1985 and has been a
member of Collettes executive board since 2002 ... Gordon
Buck was promoted to vice president of port operations,
for Carnival Cruise Lines; previously he was the port operations
director. Buck serves as a liaison with port agents and various
government agencies. He also oversees port planning and logistics
... SeaDream Yacht Club hired Claudius Docekal as
senior director of land adventures and itinerary planning. Docekal
previously was part of sales and product-development management at
Orient Express Hotels, Train & Cruises ... Abercrombie &
Kent named Cynthia Peters sales director for its
southeast region, which comprises Florida, North and South
Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.