Accor has appointed Stephen Alden as CEO of Raffles & Orient Express, reporting directly to Sébastien Bazin, CEO of Accor. Most recently, Alden created the Dedica Anthology brand, which has nine properties in Europe. He was also CEO for nine years at Maybourne Hotel Group, which operates Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley in London.


Aimbridge Hospitality has named Andrew Rubinacci as executive vice president of its revenue strategy division. A 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, he most recently served as chief commercial officer of Omni Hotels & Resorts. Prior to that, he worked at IHG Hotels & Resorts for 16 years.


The U.S. Travel Association has named Nicole Porter as vice president, political affairs - PAC and grassroots, a newly created position. She will be responsible for both political fundraising from among the association membership, and for growing the organization’s grassroots program to increase political education and involvement across the travel industry. Porter was most recently the senior director, political and advocacy affairs at the National Retail Federation. She has also run her own campaign fundraising consulting firm, Porter Group, and was a staffer to former Sen. John Ensign (R-NV).