COLUMBIA, Md., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Gunnar Eklund, Icelandair's General
Manager-The Americas, has been selected as "Airline Professional of the Year"
by the Baltimore chapter of The Academy of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality.
An engraved silver plate commemorating the event was presented during the 6th
Annual Academy Awards dinner on Tuesday, May 2, 2000.
"It is an honor to receive this award, which represents not only an
acknowledgement of my efforts but also primarily the accomplishments of the
many dedicated staff members who work with me in Icelandair," Eklund
commented. "BWI is now the biggest North American gateway for our company in
terms of local sales in the United States and Canada," he added.
Eklund, who was unable to attend the award ceremonies due to meetings in
Europe, said the timing is auspicious, as Icelandair is celebrating 10 years
of consecutive service from Baltimore/Washington International airport this
Eklund joined Icelandair in 1990 with an assignment to establish a sales
foothold at BWI and was named Sales Manager in 1995 and General Manager-The
Americas in July 1996. His previous experience includes 18 years with
Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS) in Scandinavia, Africa, Middle East, Far
East and in the US.
Icelandair-The Americas is headquartered at 5950 Symphony Woods Road,