Hotels, operators grow staff as bookings climb

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HONOLULU -- With Hawaii basking in the glow of a banner year in terms of visitor arrivals and hotel rooms sold, hotels and packagers are hiring more sales staffers to maintain the rising numbers.

" Hilton Hotels Corp. named Gerhard Seiberthas area vice president and managing director for Hawaii. He will oversee the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, the Doubletree Alana Hotel Waikiki and the Hilton Waikoloa Village, starting June 1. Seiberthas replaces Peter Schall, who retired after 40 years with the Hilton group.

" The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa in Ko Olina appointed Eleni Espania director of reservation sales.

" The Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island named Mark DiMartino national sales manager. DiMartino will manage the incentive travel and insurance group markets.

" Michael Nelson was named executive vice president and COO of the Ko Olina Resort & Marina on Oahu.

" The Hualalai Resort on the Big Island named Patrick Fitzgerald COO and vice president of the Hualalai Development Corp., the resorts owning company. Starting June 1, Fitzgerald will oversee all resort operations and the housing developments at Hualalai, also home to the Four Seasons Resort.

" Dominic DOnofrio was promoted to senior regional sales manager for Hyatt Resorts and Spas of Hawaii, where he will supervise East Coast domestic travel agent accounts.

" Jonna Jackson is Classic Custom Vacations new product development director for Hawaii. She is the daughter of Ed and Carla Nelson, owners of AV Travel in Almaden Valley, Calif.

" Pleasant Holidays appointed George Thompson vice president of product development for Hawaii and Mexico.

To contact reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to [email protected].

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