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Jim Heather Named General Manager of the 405 room Wyland Waikiki,
Which is being Rebranded a Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach
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HONOLULU – March 6, 2009 - Barry Wallace, executive vice president of hospitality services for Outrigger Enterprises Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Heather as general manager of The Wyland Waikiki, which is being rebranded a Courtyard by Marriott this summer. Heather, who assumed his new duties on March 1st, will oversee the hotel’s transition over the next few months to the newly named Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach in addition to being responsible for all operational aspects of the 405-room hotel.
 
“Jim is a well-respected member of the Outrigger ‘ohana who brings a wealth of experience to his new position,” said Wallace. “His industry knowledge, keen management style and desire for the best in hospitality will ensure a successful transition to the Courtyard brand and ongoing leadership at the hotel.”

Heather began his career with Outrigger Enterprises Group in 1998 as director of rooms for the Outrigger Guam Resort, where he played a key role in the opening of the property. In 2002, he moved to Hawaii to join Outrigger’s Condominium Collection as general manager of the Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona resort condominium on Hawaii’s Big Island. Since 2004, Heather has been general manager of the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach in Honolulu. His experience in the hospitality industry also includes management positions with Hilton Hotels in Guam and Crowne Plaza in Tokyo, Japan.
 
Heather holds a degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Las Vegas. He has also earned his CRDE certification from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association. Heather currently is a member of the SKAL International Hawaii Board of Directors. 
 
About Outrigger Enterprises Group
Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest-growing hospitality services companies in the Asia-Pacific region. Outrigger is a family-owned company with 60 years of hospitality experience and runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, OHANA Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger Condominium Collection and Embassy Suites®-Waikiki Beach Walk®.*. Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, the mainland USA and Asia. For on-line information, log on at www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com and www.outrigger.com.
 

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Contact:

Nancy Daniels, APR, Director of PR
Outrigger Enterprises Group
Phone: 808-921-6839
Email: nancy.daniels@outrigger.com

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