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Jonny Westom

Jonny Westom

Jonny Westom was named executive director of Visit Dana Point, to replace Sean Keliiholokai.

Weston had been executive director of Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau since June 2015, a local news report said. Westom’s and his wife’s families live in Southern California.

"I look forward to working with the community to further promote Dana Point as a premier travel destination," Westom said by email.

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"He will be a valuable asset to the growth and awareness of [the city]," said Jim Samuels, Managing Director of Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, by email.

Much of Westom's recent work in Sonoma involved tourism recovery efforts following wildfires in the area.

Keliiholokai in September joined Visit West Hollywood as vice president of business development; he had been at Visit Dana Point for about 14 months.

The local group was formed in May 2016 by the city’s four largest hotels—Laguna Cliffs; DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Doheny Beach; Monarch Beach Resort; and Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel—and Keliiholokai was its first executive director.

It markets the city for business and tourism and is funded by a $3 bed tax that raises about $1 million a year from member hotels.