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Aruba’s Ilaina Franco elected by Eco DMS as an outstanding young leader, as part of their 24th anniversary celebration

As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, Eco Destination Management Services of Aruba opted to again give back to the community by re-launching the Young Leader Incentive Program this year. The program was personally created by company President  Wichita Villacres, to recognize young leaders who have shown outstanding service to the community, the industry and the professional position they currently hold, as well as ongoing excellence and involvement with the industry. 

ECO Destination Management Services is a full-service destination management company in the Dutch Caribbean. The company has been operating on the islands for over 25 years and its team enjoyed more than 100 years of combined professional experience, as well as unrivaled familiarity with the islands and its venues. Looking ahead to the future, ECO DMS created the Young Leader Incentive Program a number of years ago, in order to help groom young executives to be the future leaders in tourism. 

After receiving several worthy nominations from among the young executives working for Aruba’s tourism industry, ECO DMS chose Ilaina Franco Franka as the ultimate winner. Ilaina is the Director of Events and Banquets at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, and she was nominated by Ramon Ventura, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at her resort. Representatives of ECO DMS recently came together at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, to honor Ilaina as the winner of the Young Leader Incentive Program for 2013. 

As the winner, Ilaina won the opportunity of a lifetime. She will be enjoying an all-expense paid trip to Orlando, Florida, where she will attend the SITE Global Conference, courtesy of Eco Destination Management Services and the Aruba Tourism Authority.

The SITE Global Conference is the world’s premier event for incentive travel and motivational events professionals. On an annual basis this event brings together professionals from over 40 countries who focus on creating excellence and establishing standards in the motivational experiences industry. The event in Orlando will be a milestone for SITE, as the organization is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a global association for the incentive travel and motivational events industry.

SITE is the only non-profit global authority connecting motivational experiences with business results. Site has grown since its inception 40 years ago to nearly 2,100 members in 90 countries with 35 local and regional chapters. The community of Site professionals brings best-in-class solutions, insights and global connections to maximize the business impact of motivational experiences regardless of industry, region or culture. Site serves as the source of expertise, knowledge and personal connections that will catapult and sustain professional growth, and help build the value of extraordinary, motivational experiences worldwide.