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TRAVEL: Travel and leisure-booking brand Virgin Travelstore has hired BGB & Associates to handle consumer PR for fees of around £75,000. BGB will also handle trade PR for airline seat wholesaler Virgin Flightstore. The agency reports to marketing and commercial head Rachael Anderson.

CONSUMER: Coalition.Total Communication is to launch a consumer PR push for watch brand Kahuna. The agency will attempt to promote the brand, which launches a new clothing line in the UK next year, ‘in the extreme sports arena’, according to Coalition.Total MD Ashley Mann.

HEALTHCARE: Cohn & Wolfe healthcare director Emma Crozier has joined Chandler Chicco Agency. Crozier was formerly one of five directors in C&W’s healthcare division.

CONSUMER: MacLaurin has been hired by trade body the Internet Marketing Retail Group to promote its campaign to encourage consumers to do their Christmas shopping online. Members of the group include Argos, Tesco, Carphone Warehouse and Comet.

CAMPBELL SPEECH: Alastair Campbell is due to speak at the International Myeloma Foundation’s fundraising dinner at the Langham Hilton on 17 November. It will be his first speech since quitting as the Prime Minister’s director of communications, and comes two days before he speaks at the Marketing Society’s annual conference (PRWeek, 17 October).

TRAVEL: WorldRes, the hotel-booking engine for websites, has named Rooster as its first pan-European agency. The agency reports to WorldRes director of marketing and corporate development Helen Lalitte and will handle a three-month PR campaign.

HEALTHCARE: Oraldent has hired hsdcommunications to handle a consumer health PR campaign to promote oral health product Gengigel. The brand was formerly promoted by BMA Communications.

APPOINTMENTS: Consolidated Communications has appointed Nick Clark and Paul Davies to its main board. Clark, a former head of professional and financial services at GCI London, joined in July, while Davies has been at the agency since 2001.

CLARIFICATION: The turnover of The Scotts Company for 2002 was $1.7bn (£1.016bn), not £600m as previously reported (PRWeek, 17 October).

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