Luxury boutique hotel group L.E. Hotels added three new regional sales executives,
the company announced this week. The group hired Jana Adamova, formerly a senior sales manager at L.E. Hotels member property Hotel Wales in New York, as director of corporate group sales for the East Coast market from its L.E. Hotels' Los Angeles headquarters. The group also hired Adrian François, former director of the Pearl Hotel in Buzios, Brazil, to lead sales efforts in Central and South America from its Rio de Janeiro office. In Europe, the group tapped former Hotel Lumen Paris Louvre director of sales and marketing Adeline Surault as director of group sales.
Air Canada has reconfigured cabins of select aircraft to add more premium economy seats,
the carrier announced. The number of Preferred Seats—which generally provide 35 inches of legroom compared with standard economy seats that provide legroom between 31 and 33 inches—on 97-seat Embraer 190 aircraft has increased to 24 from eight, and premium economy seating on 146-seat Airbus A320 aircraft has increased to 36 from 16. Air Canada by the end of this month also will expand Preferred Seat booking capabilities at kiosks and via mobile devices to allow for purchase up until the time of boarding.
Carlson announced that Carlson Wagonlit Travel now is wholly owned,
following the completed acquisition of the 45 percent stake it did not already own. JPMorgan Chase & Co. had held the minority ownership position. Terms were not disclosed for the deal that was announced
in June. At that time, written comments sent to The Beat
and attributed to CWT president and CEO Doug Anderson indicated the transaction would have "no impact" on client pricing, and that CWT will pursue both organic growth as well as potential partnerships and acquisitions. Anderson also noted that CWT and JPMorgan Chase "continue to have commercial agreements in place for both corporate credit card and business travel services."