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Special Events Business News for April 18, 2012

Special Events Business News for April 18, 2012

London-based DMC giant ALLIED PRA DESTINATION MANAGEMENT has announced a range of new appointments. ALAN WHEATLEY [see photo] has been appointed managing director of Allied Arabia, joined by LILIANA VELASQUEZ and CHITO GARCIA covering sales and operations respectively. In the European market, AlliedPRA has partnered with SEBASTIAN KUBIN of SK Unique Sales and Marketing to expand marketing and sales efforts and destination offerings in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. MAURIZIO LEONI, who had served as the managing director of operations in Italy, will take on responsibility for leading European sales initiatives and the development of a pan-European sales approach. CEES MOLENAAR joins the company's marketing team in San Diego to oversee international marketing strategy and drive sales efforts in the corporate, association and incentive markets. And MELANIE FLETCHER has joined the global sales team covering the U.S. Southeast region. Call 800/797-9471 …

CAITLIN ROLFE has been appointed catering and convention services manager and WENDY RUKSTALIS manager of conference services at the FAIRMONT WASHINGTON D.C. Call 202/429-2400 …

GINA DE LUCA CARROLL has joined THE EVENT GROUP, a full-service, global special event production, meeting and luxury wedding company in Pittsburgh, as event coordinator. Call 412/441-9811 …

PATRICIA COLEMAN has joined Lanham, Md.-based HARGROVE as director of exhibitor sales. Call 301/306-4755 …

YASCHA BECKER has joined the HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH in Destin, Fla., as pastry chef. Call 850/267-9500 …

Los Angeles-based THE PRODUCERS GROUP has added five regional directors, giving the company representation in Europe and major Asian markets for themed entertainment and destination attractions. The regional directors are FUMIYASU YAMAKAWA (Japan), PETER KIM (Korea), CHARLIE XU (China), BEAR ZHANG (China) and JEAN-MICHEL LOUIS (Europe). Call 818/334-2829 …

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