by Tom Berrigan
It was more like smiling, although some of the delegates attending Day Two of the NAJ Group’s RTO Summit West at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey did chuckle or laugh as the Inbound Report’s photographer tried to generate happy laughter by telling a quick joke from his Rodney Dangerfield repertoire, most subjects quickly retreated to a polite smile before we could take their photograph.
Meagan McGuire, vice president, sales and services, Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority.
(Left to right): Sarah Winters, leisure sales director, North Lake Tahoe Convention and Visitors Burea; Jamie Lokan, tourism sales manager, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority; Quintin Blair, vice president, leisure travel development, Blair Hotels; and Ashlee Ciora, senior director, tourism, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.
Greg Eckhart (left), manager, global sales, Travel Oregon; and Karen Viehoever, senior international tourism manager, Europe, Travel Portland.
Robert Miyano (left), assistant manager, packaged destination management department, JTB; and Tsutomo Natsuhara, general manager, J-Pac Travel.
Z.J. Tong (left), president, ChinaPro Marketing Partners; and Florian Hermann, creative director, NAJ Group.
( left to right): Harry Wade, tourism marketing manager, Duty Free Americas; Claudia Alex; and Juan Sepulveda, wholesale / leisure sales manager at Paramount Hotel Times Square New York.
The largest state delegation outside of the U.S. West at the RTO Summit in Marina del Rey, Calfornia was from Pennsylvania. It included (left to right): Jeffrey Yau, international tourism sales manager, Philadelphia CVB; Nicole Absher, group sales manager, Destination Gettysburg; Audrey Bialas, director of sales, Hershey Harrisburg RVB; Greg Edevane, director of sales, Chester County CVB; Julie Payne, group tour consultant, Hershey’s Chocolate World; Nathan Claycomb, business development manager, Sight & Sound Theatres®; Ann Pilcher, tourism sales manager, Pocono Mountains CVB; and Peggy Nana-Sinkam, group sales manager, Amish Farm & House.