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Chris Miller Appointed to Regional Director of Sales and Marketing
at the Hotel ICON, Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts

HOUSTON (August 31, 2007) – Hospitality industry veteran Chris Miller recently was appointed to regional director of sales and marketing at the award-winning Hotel ICON, managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, where he will oversee group and leisure sales, revenue management, marketing and public relations activities.  Miller and his family are returning to the Bayou City after a 10-year hiatus in Chicago, IL. 

“Chris comes to this position with 17 years of industry experience,” said Roland Maldonado, general manager of Hotel ICON.  “He has proven himself to be a dedicated leader and an accomplished businessman. We are confident his expertise, coupled with his ‘can do’ attitude, will go a long way in further establishing Hotel ICON as Houston’s leading personal luxury hotel.”

Miller joins Hotel ICON from Doubletree Chicago O’Hare Airport, where he directed the hotel’s revenue generation initiatives.  Named “Sales and Marketing Leader of the Year” in 2006, Miller was responsible for growing the property’s revenues by $3.5 million and increasing revenue per available room by 18 percent in 2006 over 2005.

Previously, Miller served as director of national accounts for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Miller also held a number of positions with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from 1992 to 2003.  During his 11-year tenure, he worked his way through the ranks from an executive conference manager to regional vice president of sales.  In his final years with the company, Miller managed multiple hotels, 50 sales professionals and more than $100 million in revenue. 

Miller received his Bachelor of Science degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management from The Pennsylvania State University.  He and his wife, Jane, and three children currently reside in Katy.

Hotel ICON, a 135-room property, is located in the heart of Houston’s arts, entertainment, business and sports districts.  Formerly the Union National Bank building, this historic landmark underwent a $35 million renovation in 2004.  Hotel ICON was originally built in 1911 and features 12 stories of custom-designed furnishings, upscale and edgy décor and original artwork.  Hotel ICON also houses the award-winning BANK restaurant, ICON Bar and Balance Day Spa. 

Hotel ICON is one of 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 7,000 guest rooms, 13 golf courses and 10 full-service spas.  Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Houston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Jackson Hole, Maui and Lake Tahoe.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com. 

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Contact:

Destination Hotels & Resorts
www.destinationhotels.com

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Also See: Destination Hotels & Resorts Appoints Roland Maldonado the General Manager for Hotel ICON in Houston / January 2007
Lowe Enterprises Investors Acquires the Houston's Hotel Icon; Destination Hotels & Resorts, a Lowe Affiliate, Takes Over Management / October 2006
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