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Mountain Lodge at Telluride Hires Neil Hastings
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TELLURIDE, CO – July 18, 2006 – With more than 30 years of industry experience and a photographer’s eye for detail and vision, Neil Hastings aims to bring a new perspective to the Mountain Lodge at Telluride as Director of Sales & Marketing.  Hastings will oversee all aspects of regional and national sales and marketing efforts, including public relations, advertising, sales and cooperative efforts with local tourism and resort entities.  Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the Mountain Lodge at Telluride is a 137-room property that features luxurious log-and-stone cabins, deluxe condominiums and lodge rooms.

Prior to joining the Mountain Lodge at Telluride, Hastings held top positions at various world-class resort hotels including the Wyndham Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa, Starwood Hotels and ITT Sheraton Corporation.  While at the Wyndham Peaks in Telluride, Hastings managed sales and marketing efforts for both of their mountain resort properties and helped sustain combined room revenues of $12 million with total resort revenues of $24 million.  Under his leadership, the sales and marketing team raised occupancy levels by 30 percent and increased RevPar by 15 percent.  

During his tenure at ITT Sheraton Corporation, which was acquired by Starwood Hotels, Hastings held several senior management positions at various properties including Walt Disney World Swam & Dolphin Resort, Sheraton Tamarron Resort and Sheraton Steamboat Resort & Conference Center.  Notable accomplishments include booking in excess of 125 percent annual individual and team goals at Walt Disney World Swam & Dolphin Resort and increasing revenue for the Sheraton Tamarron Resort by 20 percent in the four corners regional market.
 
“His proven track record for continued growth and success speaks volumes about the caliber of support Neil brings to the Mountain Lodge,” said Steve Togni, general manager at the Mountain Lodge at Telluride. “Given the competitive landscape in the area, we need an aggressive and experienced leader to build upon the successes we’ve achieved thus far and take it to the next level.  Neil is a great addition to our team and we are happy to have him on board.” 

When not at work, Hastings enjoys his long-time passion of landscape photography.  An accomplished and award-winning photographer, his photos of the magnificent Rockies have been published in the Durango Magazine, Telluride Magazine, the Annual Telluride Calendar and as part of numerous advertising campaigns for previous employers.  Most recently, his keen sense for photography earned him first place in the 2nd Annual Photography Exhibit “Images of Ouray County and the San Juan Mountains” competition.  Hastings also takes full advantage of his surroundings and enjoys skiing, backpacking, whitewater river rafting and golfing solo or with his two teenage children.

The Mountain Lodge at Telluride is an exquisite condominium resort property nestled midway up Telluride Mountain in the contemporary town of Mountain Village.  Characterizing Western splendor, each room is richly furnished with soft leather furniture, pine cabinetry, granite countertops, flagstone accents and designer touches throughout. The Mountain Lodge at Telluride combines hotel-like services and amenities with the conveniences of condominium vacationing for a pampered yet practical getaway.  For more information, visit www.mountainlodgetelluride.com or call 866-368-6867.

Destination Hotels & Resorts
The Mountain Lodge at Telluride is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company, headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo., features a portfolio of more than 7,500 guest rooms, 15 golf courses and 10 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Jackson Hole, Maui and Lake Tahoe. 
 

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Contact:

Destination Hotels & Resorts
www.destinationhotels.com

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Also See: The Prospector Inn Located in Suncadia, Washington’s First All-season Destination Resort, Opened by Destination Hotels & Resorts / July 2005
Andy Anderson Appointed Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Destination Hotels & Resorts / July 2004


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