• AHLA Launches #TakeMeBack Campaign To Create Nostalgia Around Travel

     
    POSTED May 28, 2020
     

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

The American Hotel and Lodging Association, or AHLA, is anticipating such hesitation from potential travelers once leaving the house is safe. In response, the association is launching its #TakeMeBack campaign in order to promote thoughts of traveling once again, and to help people reminisce about memories made on unforgettable past trips. 

To participate, social media users can simply post a photo from past vacations with the hashtag #TakeMeBack, challenging friends to participate. Or, take AHLA’s This or That Instagram challenge, where users can share their dream travel agendas on their stories. Finally, AHLA offers sample or personalized e-postcards to share on social media to help reminisce and promote conversations about non-essential travel.  

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The Slate Denver, Tapestry Collection by Hilton has appointed Michael Poompan executive chef. In this role, he oversees all food and beverage operations at the new 251-room hotel. Poompan has served as executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver and Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa and held culinary positions at Renaissance Long Beach Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage.

 

Viewline Resort Snowmass, a newly renovated property in Snowmass Village, has hired Craig Waterman (left)as complex general manager and John Hearns (right) as director of operations.

Waterman, a 36-year veteran in the hospitality industry, oversees all daily operations at Viewline Resort Snowmass, Wildwood Snowmass, and Viewline Event Center. In previous roles, he served as general manager at Snow King Resort & Grandview Residences in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, vice president of opening and transitions for Two Roads Hospitality, and managing director at Parker New York.

 

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley hired Danielle McNair as director of sales and marketing, Catherine Dierolf as a leisure sales manager, and Natalie LaVire as a catering sales and events manager.

» McNair joins The Westin Riverfront from Viceroy Snowmass, another luxury Colorado resort managed by East West Hospitality where she served as director of business development. She has held roles in catering, event design, and sales and marketing at Vail Resorts, Vail Valley Partnership, and Sonnenalp Resort of Vail.