Gina Mann has been named vice president groups & events for Speedvegas, the exotic race car attraction scheduled to open this spring in Las Vegas. Prior to her appointment, Mann served as executive director of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Las Vegas.
Previously, Mann held several senior sales positions at different organizations, including an 11-year tenure (2000-2011) as sales executive at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Thomas Cook France-Jet Tours has appointed Bruno Abenin as director, development and franchise Affiliates. Abenin has held several managerial positions with Voyages FRAM over the past 15 years. The financially troubled French four operator was recently acquired by Karavel-Promovacances, a private equity firm.
Jasmin Howanietz has been appointed director of sales and marketing for the Waldorf Astoria New York. A member of the sales team for more than 10 years, Howanietz was most recently director of sales for the property. Prior to joining the Waldorf Astoria New York, Howanietz was the senior national sales manager at both the Hilton New York and Hudson Hotel as well as managerial sales positions at the Intercontinental New York Barclay.
Don Parkinson has been appointed by Kentucky’s new governor, Matt Bevin, as secretary of Tourism, Arts and Heritage. Parkinson is a longtime KFC/Yum executive with extensive experience in marketing, food service and the arts. He succeeds Bob Stewart, who had been secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, under the state’s previous governor, Steve Beshear.