• Gary Sherwin Received Orange County Visitors Association Legacy Award

     
    POSTED June 3, 2015
     

The Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA) recently honored Newport Beach & Company president and CEO Gary Sherwin with the Legacy Award at the annual Orange County Tourism Conference. The Legacy Award recognizes a visionary in the tourism industry for contributing to the awareness, positive reputation and growth of tourism in Orange County.

“Gary’s dynamic leadership and innovation have been instrumental to Orange County tourism and produced remarkable results,” said Ed Fuller, OCVA president and CEO. “He is an invaluable asset to the region.”

Since 2006, Sherwin has led the organization, which serves to promote Newport Beach as a premier luxury conference and leisure destination. In addition to his role as president and CEO of Newport Beach & Company, Sherwin served as the president of the OCVA board of directors for three years, where he played a critical role in launching Orange County’s international offices and driving 47.1 million visitors and $10.7 billion in visitor spending to the region.

Sherwin was instrumental in the creation of Newport Beach’s first Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), as well as a variety of business units – including Visit Newport Beach, Dine Newport Beach, Enterprise Newport Beach and Newport Beach TV – that work in tandem to grow the economic vitality of Newport Beach.

Sherwin is a 24-year veteran of the destination marketing industry who previously held top marketing roles at the destination marketing organization of Palm Springs Desert Resorts, Long Beach and Los Angeles. He co-authored the best-selling book Destination BrandScience, and is the incoming chairman of Destination Marketing Association International.

The Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel has wrapped up their multimillion dollar renovations, debuting a revamp of their on-property restaurant, Costero California Bar and Bistro.

“Costero is the perfect blend of upscale casual dining with a convenient yet inviting environment,” says Bill Sinclair, vice president, Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel. “This fresh-from-California approach not only provides guests with a new on-site dining option but a place where they can get together with friends, family and coworkers, or even make new connections.”

 

Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa in California has created fall-inspired seasonal pumpkin spa treatments. The offerings include anti-aging, nourishing and smoothing agents that will leave you looking glowing and refreshed all winter long.

Specific treatments include a power peel enzyme facial with seasonal fruits; a yam and pumpkin peel facial; and a musclease warming ocean wrap and massage. These utilize a fall favorite: pumpkin, which is rich with vitamin A, C and Zinc, making it a great ingredient for beauty treatments.

 

Harrah’s Resort, in southern California recently revealed a shakeup in their leadership team. Janet Beronio, regional president and general manager, will retire this month. In her place, Darrell Pilant—currently the vice president and assistant general manager—will step in as the new general manager.