for Work in Latin America
|SÃO PAULO, – Paul J. Sistare, C.H.A., president and chief executive
officer of São Paulo-based Atlantica Hotels International, Inc.,
has received the inaugural 2004 ISHC Pioneer Award-Latin America from the
International Society of Hospitality Consultants.
The ISHC presented the award at the BSH VIII International Hotel & Resort Investment Seminar held last month at the Caesar Park Faria Lima Hotel in São Paulo, Brazil. The ISHC created the Pioneer Award-US in 1996 to recognize an individual or organization for making an outstanding contribution, achievement and or improvement in the hospitality industry. ISHC Pioneer Award winners are selected based on the three criteria of active involvement in the industry, contribution to the industry and personal/organizational attributes and qualities.
“I am incredibly surprised, honored and humbled to receive the Pioneer Award,” said Sistare. “I do, however, accept it on behalf of my colleagues at Atlantica who have worked just as hard and have been the keys to our success.”
A 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Sistare has led Atlantica Hotels International since its formation in 1998 to become South America’s largest independent hospitality Management Company representing the brands of Choice Hotels International (Clarion, Quality, Comfort and Sleep), Carlson Hotels Worldwide (Radisson, Park Inns, and Park Plaza) and Starwood (Four Points by Sheraton). Currently, Atlantica has 46 hotels open representing more than 8,000 rooms with another 42 in construction and development bringing the total inventory to 16,000 rooms.
Prior to joining Atlantica Hotels International, Sistare was president
and chief executive officer of Hong Kong-based Richfield Hospitality Services,
Inc. Before joining Richfield, Sistare was a senior executive for 10 years
with London-based Forte PLC, a renowned international hospitality organization
with more than 800 hotels worldwide. He also held senior management positions
at Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando.
Atlantica has introduced several quality initiatives under Sistare’s leadership in addition to the overall concept of mid-market branded hotel management with U.S.-based brands. These innovations include Latin America’s only 100 percent Satisfaction Guaranteed Program; a commitment to exceed international life, fire and safety guidelines; in-room broadband and Wi-Fi internet capabilities in all products; and an “E Learning” program spreading international standards of service throughout the company to constantly improve the level of expertise at property line and management levels. Atlantica’s products have been internationally recognized for their excellence in product quality by receiving 10 Gold Awards from Choice Hotels International and being the only country outside of the U.S. and Canada to receive such recognition.
Mesereau Public Relations
P.O. Box 2431
Parker, CO 80134
|Also See:||Brazil’s Atlantica Hotels International Finishes 2002 with 30 Hotels Open and Operating; Achieves Systemwide RevPar Growth of 8.7 Percent / Dec 2002|
|Qualitá Management, a Hotel Management Company Based in Brasília, Acquired by Atlantica Hotels International / December 2001|