creditors approve exit plan
Airlines said a preliminary tally of votes indicated that
its plan of reorganization had been approved overwhelmingly by its
creditors, with more than 96% of them voting in favor.
hearing on the airlines plan is scheduled to begin in bankruptcy
court on May 16, with Northwest hoping to emerge from Chapter 11 in
tweaks regional structure
international board of directors has changed the
organizations regional structure. Both Latin America and Middle
East & Africa will now have their own representatives on the
ACTE board of directors. ACTEs six regions now are Asia Pacific,
Canada, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa and the
to rep Grupo Mayan
Grupo Mayan chose Wyndham to
provide marketing and reservations services for four Grand Mayan
properties and five Mayan Palace resorts, one of which is under
development in Los Cabos.
Worldwides RCI Global Vacation Network already handles reservations
for Grupo Mayans timeshare properties.
T&E tool maps restaurants
Commerce introduced a T&E tool that directs employees
to approved restaurants and enables them to send confirmations to
Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes calendars. The tool, called Total
Dining Experience, uses content from dining guides in tandem with
Google Maps and Maponics.
Buckhead to Atlanta plan
Starwood plans to open a second W
hotel in Atlanta next year, redeveloping the site of a
Crowne Plaza hotel on Peachtree Road in the Buckhead district for a
summer debut. The W Atlanta-Midtown, meanwhile, opens in the
Helicopter service links Delta at
Helicopter, which offers eight-minute shuttle service from
two New York heliports to Kennedy and Newark airports, signed deals
to make its inventory available in Sabre and to
replace American with Delta on May 14 as its
airline partner at Kennedy.
The carrier is
already in Worldspan and partners with Continental at Newark.
Any traveler can
use the shuttle, but with partner airlines US Helicopter takes
passengers to an airport location where they can avoid a second
trip through security.
MasterCard plan biz travel tool
TRX and MasterCard
Worldwide said they would develop the MasterCard
Travel Dashboard, a Web-based tool that would enable
corporations to analyze and optimize travel programs. The dashboard
would help companies monitor employee compliance, the companies
sets 08 for St. Martin debut
Radisson plans to
open the $80 million Radisson Resort St. Martin
next summer on the site of the former LHabitation de Longvilliers
Resort on the northwest coast of the French-Dutch
The property will
be Radissons second flagship hotel in the Caribbean, complementing
the existing Radisson Resort on Aruba.
succession fuels court filing
A dispute over
Curtis Nelsons future at Carlson Cos. erupted into
a court battle as Nelson sued the company and his mother,
CEO Marilyn Carlson Nelson. The board ousted him as
president of operations last year, and he declined to be vice
chairman. The firm terminated Nelson in January and banned him from
the corporate campus.
Nelsons suit said
he was denied a promised elevation to the CEO slot due to a hostile
relationship with the board and his mother. The company countered
that he made bad decisions and was addicted to alcohol and
A search team is
working to fill the CEO slot, and Carlson Nelson has committed to
stay on until a candidate is found.
Continental speeds up Mumbai
Citing a strong
market response, Continental is moving up the date
of its proposed nonstop Newark-Mumbai service to
Oct. 1, subject to government approval.
It had planned to
launch on Oct. 30. The service will start with four weekly flights
using 777 aircraft, moving to daily on Oct. 28.
resort to open on Aruba in July
Spains Riu Hotels
& Resorts will open its first all-inclusive resort on Aruba on
July 20, the $120 million, 450-room, Riu Palace
Aruba on Palm Beach. Riu has five Caribbean properties in
the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica as well as four in
Four Seasons appointed Andrew
Humphries general manager of the Four Seasons Resort
Nevis, succeeding Martin Sinclair, who is now
general manager at the Regent Singapore, a Four Seasons Hotel.
Humphries was general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Amman in
Jordan. " " " Brian Deeson was named chairman of
the Pacific Asia Travel Association. Deeson, who is Accors CEO of
Greater China and senior vice president of Asia Pacific, takes over
for Richard Beere. Janice Antonson, vice president
of marketing for Nassau Airport in the Bahamas, was appointed PATA
chair-elect. " " " Holland America Line added five business
development managers. Gerald Bernhoft, most
recently director of sales for Windstar Cruises, is the BDM for the
greater Seattle area.Laura White, a former
regional sales director at Silversea Cruises, is the BDM for
Arizona. Rob Taylor covers the California regions
of Sacramento, Northern California and the Central Valley as well
as Reno and Northern Nevada, coming from HALs transportation
division. Jim Keever, appointed to Northern Ohio
and West Virginia, has been a business development representative
since March 2006. Joan Serra manages San Gabriel,
San Bernardino and Riverside counties and the southern San Fernando
Valley in California. She came from Air Tahiti Nui, where she was
director of sales for the western U.S. " " " Enterprise Rent-A-Car
named Jay Hasler director of travel industry
sales. Hasler has been with the company since 1997. " " "
Karie Bergstrom was elected president of the
Cayman Islands Tourism Association for a third two-year term. " " "
Terry Warren was named manager of guest services
at the Sterling Club at Bay Point in Panama City Beach,