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Thomas Parke Appointed Director of Sales & Marketing
for Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore
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NORTH SHORE, OAHU, HAWAII, March 2004 Benchmark Hospitality of The Woodlands, Texas, has appointed Thomas Parke director of sales & marketing for Turtle Bay Resort, the landmark property located on Oahu's North Shore.  Mr. Parke brings 20 years of experience in marketing luxury properties to his new position at Turtle Bay Resort.  Abid Butt, managing director, made the announcement.

As director of sales and marketing, Parke will develop national and international marketing & sales strategies to reposition the resort, following the recently concluded $60 million comprehensive renovation program.

Previous to joining Turtle Bay Resort, Tom Parke was chief operating officer & sales director for the Cayo Largo Resort Company of Puerto Rico.  In this position, Parke was responsible for the development of the island's newest luxury resort community, which included a 1,100-slip marina, 18-hole golf club, and 100+ luxury homes situated on a 2,000-acre oceanfront development. 

Parke has held senior-level management positions at the American Golf Corporation of Santa Monica, California, and CCA International Ltd., of Hong Kong, where he was responsible for the worldwide marketing of 40+ private golf and country clubs as well as hotels in 21 countries.  These diverse properties represented combined annual sales of $240 million each year he was with the company.  He also previously served as regional director of sales for Latin America and the Caribbean for Micros-Fidelio of Florida.

Tom Parke has held director-level positions at the Maui InterContinental Resort and the Kea Lani Hotel and Villas of Maui, and sales manager positions at Westin Hotels in Houston and Los Angeles.   He began his career in hotel sales & marketing in 1984. 

Parke is a graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelors degree in Restaurant Management.

The 880-acre Turtle Bay Resort is located on the North Shore of Oahu, home to some of the world's most exciting and legendary surfing spots.  Managed by Benchmark Hospitality, the resort's accommodations include a 401-room hotel and 42 luxury Beach Cottages.  Turtle Bay Resort is the only resort on Oahu with 36 holes of championship golf: the Fazio and Palmer courses. An exquisite new spa and expanded meeting facilities recently opened to complete the resort's $60 million renovation and expansion. 

Benchmark Hospitality, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands, Texas, operates resorts, conference centers and hotels both domestically and internationally. 

 

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Contact:
BENCHMARK HOSPITALITY
The Woodlands, Texas
www.benchmarkhospitality.com

Ken Ellens
KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS
(201) 758-2864 / (201) 758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com

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Also See: Turtle Bay Resort Completes $60 million Renovation with the Opening of its Oceanfront Kuilima Ballroom / October 2003
Turtle Bay Resort Completes $60 million Renovation with the Opening of its Oceanfront Kuilima Ballroom / October 2003


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