PR Guru to speak at CMEx

One of the world`s leading public relations executives is featured among an impressive line-up of speakers to the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx), May 15-19, 2003 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Gail Moaney, executive vice president and director of Ruder Finn`s Travel & Tourism Practice, will address the fourth edition of CMEx on embracing simple and effective public relations techniques in the midst of a changing travel and tourism industry.

“Ruder Finn has an impeccable tradition in providing excellent public relations counsel in good and challenging times,” said Counterpart President Lelei LeLaulu. “We welcome the expertise of such a seasoned campaigner.”

Other speakers slated for CMEx at Half Moon Golf, Tennis and Beach Club include Jonathan Tourtellot, Geotourism Editor of National Geographic Magazine; President of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA), Simón Suárez; CHA Director-General Alec Sanguinetti; CHA Vice President Berthia Parle;  President of the Barbados Tourism Authority, Oliver Jordan; Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Director-General of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Laura Wilde, Caribbean Manager of Expedia; Allen Chastanet, Air Jamaica`s Vice President of Marketing and Sales; and Professor Ross Klein of Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada.

The New York-based Gail Moaney, a graduate of both Howard University and American University in Washington DC, has 20 years of experience in agency and corporate public relations and broadcasting, implementing communications programs for destination, transportation, hospitality, and economic development clients worldwide. 
Current accounts include the Barbados Investment Development Corporation, Barbados Tourism Authority, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, South African Airways, the Catskill Association for Tourism Services, The Roosevelt Hotel, The Rome Cavalieri Hilton, Worldspan, L.P. and Embassy Suites.

Other experience includes Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Disney Cruise Lines, Turkish Tourism, AmeriFlora `92, VISA, Cathay Pacific Airways, Alitalia, Mexicana and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Disney Development Company, Las Colinas, Inc., Save the Children, The City of New York, IBM and AMR Consulting Groups, and PACT 95 (Partnership for the Defense of the America`s Cup).


Her awards and honors include: Public Relations Society of America`s (PRSA) McEachern and Prism Awards; International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)`s Gold Quill Awards; and National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS)`s Emmy Awards.

CMEx is co-produced by Counterpart International, its Barbados-based partner, Counterpart Caribbean, Caribbean Hotel Association, Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism, Air Jamaica, Caribbean Hotel Association Charitable Trust (“Life Needs the Caribbean”),
EarthVoice and the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.
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