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Michael Platt Appointed General Manager of El San Juan
Hotel & Casinos in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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San Juan, Puerto Rico – February 25, 2009 – Hilton Hotels’ Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations Barry Lewin announces the appointment of Michael Platt as general manager of El San Juan Hotel & Casinos in San Juan, Puerto Rico, effective immediately.

With more than twenty years of hospitality experience, Platt joins El San Juan Hotel & Casino most recently from the Hilton New York, where he held the position of Executive Assistant Manager and Director of Food & Beverage since early 2007. 

Platt will oversee the daily sales and operations of the 382-room luxury resort and enhance the dynamic property’s premier position within the San Juan community, hotel industry and global marketplace. El San Juan Hotel & Casino recently completed a $52 million redesign, renovation and refurbishment, which included enhancements to the lobby, guest rooms and meeting spaces by Robert Barry of Barry Design, and an alluring new pool and beachside experience, Encanto Beach Club, by acclaimed architect Stephane Dupoux. 

Dramatically set on one of Puerto Rico’s most picturesque beaches, the El San Juan Hotel & Casino has long been recognized as the leading hotel and casino of the Caribbean, hosting guests ranging from celebrities and royalty, to seasoned families who have frequented this prestigious hotel year after year. 

Platt's distinguished career in hotel and casino management includes executive positions with prestigious entities across the United States, including California's Pechanga Resort and Casino, the St. Regis Hotel and Spa in Los Angeles, Harrah's Hotel & Casino in St. Louis and Shreveport, and the Mansions at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 

“Michael Platt brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills to the El San Juan Hotel & Casino,” says Barry Lewin, senior vice president of hotel operations, Hilton Hotels.  “His diverse language skills and extensive management and operations experience with luxury properties across the United States makes him the most ideal General Manager for the El San Juan Hotel & Casino, one of our most popular resort destinations in the Caribbean.”

Platt is a Cornell Alumni with degrees in Hotel Business Management, Business Administration and Behavioral Psychology.  In his personal time, Platt is a professional Thai Boxer and licensed Conditioning Trainer & Cutman with the World Boxing Federation.  He served in the South African Army, first came to the United States while working in the cruise industry and proudly became a U.S. citizen in 2004.  He enjoys Formula 1 Motor Racing and GP Super Bikes.

Located along a two-mile beach in San Juan’s fashionable Isla Verde district, the El San Juan Hotel & Casino is at the center of the city’s vibrant nightlife and cultural attractions.  The El San Juan first opened its doors on February 1, 1958, and continues to have a loyal following of guests ranging from celebrities and royalty from around the world, to friends and families who frequent this prestigious hotel year after year. The El San Juan Hotel & Casino is located five minutes from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, and 15 minutes from downtown San Juan.  For more information about El San Juan Hotel & Casino, please visit www.ElSanJuanHotel.com or call (866) 317-8935.

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Contact:

Katie Fontana / Susan Magrino Agency 
katie.fontana@smapr.com / 212.957.3005
 

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Also See: Hilton Hotels Corporation Announces Addition of Three Puerto Rico Resorts / February 2009
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