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Posts Tagged ‘Choice Hotels’

Roll Call: Grayling, Choice Hotels, WPP, and More

Grayling has a new North American PR CEO, Chris Boehlke, who will lead the company’s public relations groups in Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Boehlke joined Grayling in 2009 after parent company Huntsworth acquired her PR firm Connecting Point. She is currently head of the Grayling’s San Francisco office. [via]

Choice Hotels has named Robin Pence VP of PR. She’ll be managing external comms in the areas of media, government, and industry relations. Pence will report to Alexandra Jaritz, SVP of brand strategy and marketing. She joins from Gannett where she was VP of corporate communications. [via]

Adrienne Hayes has been named GM of Edelman‘s consumer marketing group in New York. She’s been with the firm for five years. Group clients include Energizer, AOL, and TJ Maxx/Marshall’s.

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Travel Industry Proceeds with Caution, Cruise Lines Regroup

Is leisure travel rebounding?

January was a roller coaster month for the travel business. On the upside, the industry scored a coup when President Obama proposed a plan to boost travel to the U.S. during his January 19 visit to Orlando. As Terry Dale, president of U.S. Tour Operators Association observed, “It’s nice to see the industry recognized at the Presidential level.”

On the downside, the cruise segment of the industry was rocked by the January 13 grounding of the Costa Concordia ship off the Italian coast and the related stream of bad news.

These were among the issues discussed at the Association of Travel Marketing Executives annual forecast forum in New York on Wednesday. The panel, moderated by Henry Harteveldt, co-founder of Atmosphere Research Group, included Dale and one representative each from an airline, a hotel chain, a destination, and a transaction provider. Cruise lines were notable for their absence. Below are four key takeaways.

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