Cornell hospitality industry panel to focus on Latin American tourism

Dec 17, 2012

Contact: Ashlee McGandy, 607.254.1368,

At the 11th edition of the Dean's Leadership Series, presented by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA), a panel of hospitality industry executives will discuss "Latin America's Rise and its Impact on Tourism and Travel." The event will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in Miami, Florida, 6:00–7:30 p.m. A networking reception will follow the panel. Register here.

"The number of tourists and business leaders visiting the United States from Latin America has been steadily increasing in recent years, and each expert on our panel has extensive experience working with this dynamic market," said Michael D. Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor at SHA. "Miami is a popular destination for these travelers, and it serves as one of the most important gateway cities to the rest of the country. We are excited to hold the next edition of the Dean's Leadership Series there in February."

Johnson will moderate the discussion, which will feature the following panelists:

• Pablo Azcarraga MPS '85, chairman and member of the board, Grupo Posadas
• Kenny Blatt '81, principal, Caribbean Property Group, LLC
• Isabelle Claver '97, director, PWC
• Wendy Kallergis, president and CEO, Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association
• Paul Sistare, founder, CEO, and president, Atlantica Hotels International
• Peter Yesawich '72, MS '74, PhD '76, vice chairman, MMGY Global

Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos '85, principal and senior vice president, Flag Luxury Properties, LLC will serve as emcee.

The Dean's Leadership Series was established in 2007 as a platform for industry leaders to discuss the most important topics facing hospitality and travel today. Previous editions of the series have attracted nearly 300 hospitality and travel executives and leading members of the press. The series has hosted panel discussions in Chicago, Mumbai, Orlando,
New York, Paris, and Washington, D.C.

The Ritz Carlton, South Beach is title sponsor of the event. Other corporate sponsors are Banfi Vintners, the Cornell Club of Greater Miami and the Florida Keys, the Cornell Latino Alumni Association, Flag Luxury Properties, LLC, France 24, Hospitality Design, Hotel Business, Hsyndicate, InterContinental Hotels Group, Lionstone Group, PhoCusWright, Inc., PwC, Questex Hospitality Group, Ritz-Carlton South Beach, SchellingPoint, USA TODAY, the South Florida chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society and the School of Hotel Administration Centers and Institutes.

To learn more about the event, visit To participate as a corporate sponsor, please contact Rebecca McPhee Hart, corporate & foundation affairs, at 607-255-3742 or

About the Cornell School of Hotel Administration
The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research and industry advancement. The school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit