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THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY
JUNE 25, 2012
[ BOARD SEEKS ‘ANOTHER SKILL SET’ ]
Feeling political, industry heat,
Brand USA fires CEO Jim Evans
By Bill Poling
The Corporation for Travel Promotion, under fire from conservative
lawmakers for alleged “waste,” last
week decided to replace CEO Jim
Evans in an attempt to shore up relations with the tourism promotion
agency’s government and industry partners.
The board designated vice chair
Caroline Beteta as interim CEO pending a
search for Evans’ replacement. Beteta, who is the CEO of Visit
California, is also in line to succeed Stephen
Cloobeck, CEO of Diamond Resorts, as
board chair of the tourism promotion entity,
which operates as Brand USA.
Evans, a former senior vice president for
marketing at Hyatt and one-time CEO of
Best Western, became Brand USA’s first chief
executive, and its first employee, last June. He
has been widely praised for getting the orga-
nization up and running and launching an
overseas marketing campaign.
The tourism promotion
agency says the decision to
replace Evans was unrelated
to six senators’ complaints.
Travel Weekly’s annual ranking of the
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biggest retailers in the industry marks
yet another shift at the top.
An anxious Egyptian travel industry
awaits election’s impact on tourism
By Michelle Baran
As Egyptians awaited official results of their
first democratic presidential elections last
week, the country’s tourism industry was
holding its breath.
While many travel businesses were hoping the election and resulting stability would
mark the turning point they desperately need
to reignite tourism recovery efforts, they also
worried that either the results themselves or
a military power grab on the eve of the elections might prove to have a negative impact
on the trade.
Earlier this month, Egyptians headed to
the polls to cast their ballots in a runoff elec-
tion between Muslim Brotherhood candidate
Mohamed Morsi and former prime minister
Ahmed Shafik. As of late last week, the Mus-
lim Brotherhood had declared victory, but
amid allegations of voter fraud, Egyptian of-
ficials had postponed an official announce-
ment of results.
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