by By Lisa Grimaldi | April 01, 2010

Kuoni Group has acquired the domestic U.S. destination management division (covering nine destinations) formerly owned by TBA Global, an engagement marketing and communications agency. TBA Global will continue to provide DMC services in Canada and the U.K.

Laurie Sprouse, CITE, CMP, DMCP, of Ultimate Ventures, a destination management firm in Dallas, has been named destination management professional of the year by the Association of Destination Management Executives. For a full list of honorees, go to

Maritz Holdings, Inc. has purchased American Express Co.'s minority interest in American Express Incentive Services.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co.
will open a 320-room resort in Aruba in late 2012. The property will feature a 24-hour casino, a spa, two swimming pools and several restaurants, as well as a ballroom, a boardroom and two additional meeting rooms.