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Travel Advisory Board

Sonesta's Travel Agent Advisory Board

PURPOSE
Sonesta Hotels & Resorts' Travel Agency Advisory Board, established in 1977, is comprised of travel executives and managers representing a broad cross-section of the industry who advise Sonesta executives on travel industry trends, marketing strategies and new property development. The Board was the first of its kind in the industry, and both Sonesta and its Travel Agency Advisory Board members have received much acclaim for their achievements.

MEETINGS
The Travel Agency Advisory Board meets annually at different Sonesta hotels and resorts. The meetings are held over a two-day period, during which time board members share their views on industry topics and analyze Sonesta's approach to travel agency business. Marketing strategies and current issues of the Sonesta property hosting the Board are also featured on the agenda. Sonesta's top executives join with the agents to discuss agenda issues.

2012 BOARD MEMBERS
TERRY BRENNAN, Williamsburg Travel-American Express, GA
PAUL DUBE, Dube Travel Leaders, ME
ROSE GILFORD, CTC, Chestnut Hill Travel, MA
RON HERSH, World of Travel, OH
DAVID H. JUEDES, Fox World Travel, WI 
GARY LICHTER, Altour International, NY
NANCY McLEMORE, TraveLeaders, FL
DIANE REPOSA, American Express Travel, MA
DEBBIE TUCKER, Travel Designs by Debbie, Inc, FL
MAURA WATSON, Colpitts World Travel, MA
NICOLETTE YIANILOS, Travel Place Bethesda, MD


ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Review and critique of collateral materials designed for the travel agent and the consumer, inspection of new hotels and suggestions for hotel services to the consumer, review of features of upcoming properties; advice on marketing to travel agents.