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Bernd Kuhlen Named General Manager of
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California
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HALF MOON BAY, CA.
June 8, 2010 -- Accomplished hotel executive Bernd Kuhlen has been named General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay and will join the award-winning destination golf and spa resort in June, 2010. Located 23 miles southwest of the San Francisco International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is the only oceanfront resort in the San Francisco Bay area.
 
Bernd Kuhlen joins The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay from The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica, where he has served since 2005, first as Hotel Manager and then as General Manager. The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica is the only AAA Five-Diamond hotel in Jamaica and is home to multiple restaurants, a large spa, extensive meeting space and the acclaimed White Witch Golf Course.
 
Prior to 2005, Kuhlen served as Director of Food and Beverage for The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, featuring three hotels (Maison Orleans, Iberville Suites and The Ritz-Carlton) , a large spa, extensive meeting facilities and, at the time, the only AAA Five-Diamond restaurant in Louisiana. While at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, Kuhlen played an instrumental role in hotel emergency and recovery efforts during and following Hurricane Katrina.   He also has held executive roles at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg (Germany); The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach; The Ritz-Carlton Resort and Spa, San Juan (Puerto Rico); The Hotel Arts, Barcelona (a Ritz-Carlton hotel) and The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun.
 
Kuhlen’s 27 years of industry experience include the opening of six Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts in the United States, Germany, Egypt, South Korea, Indonesia and Japan, preceded by extensive hospitality education and training in his home country of Germany. He is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
 
“I am honored and delighted to join the outstanding team at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay,” said Kuhlen. “I look forward to seeing the property continue to set new standards for the resort experience and can think of no more beautiful location to call home.”
 
About The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Set atop a rugged bluff overlooking 50 miles of pristine California coastline, the oceanfront Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay features 261 rooms and suites, an award-winning 16,000-square-foot spa, world class golf on two adjoining courses, extensive meeting space, an acclaimed culinary experience and year-round wine tasting and wine education in ENO. The resort offers recreation experiences for guests of all ages, including guided Segway tours, water sports, coastal walking and hiking, tennis, whale watching, bike riding, bird-watching, horseback riding and the renowned Signature Drive – a self-guided half-day driving tour through the five distinctly different tourism and scenic regions surrounding Half Moon Bay (see www.experiencehalfmoonbay.com). For reservations, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com, contact a travel professional or call toll-free: (800) 241-3333. For additional details, please call the Resort directly at (650) 712-7000, or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb.

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Contact:

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Bonnie Crail
Crail Communications
bcrail@crailcommunications.com
760-732-3500

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Also See: Jay Heidenreich Appointed Director of Sales & Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California / June 2009

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Pioneering a New Brand Extension; Future Sites for Ritz-Carlton Reserve Include Thailand, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos and The United Arab Emirates / December 2008

The Ritz-Carlton Philosophy; Simon Cooper, President and COO, Discusses Evolution of the Brand / May 2002

Jury Awards 10 million to Owner of Ritz-Carlton Bali; At Core of Case - A Material Breach of Loyalty Displayed by Marriott International (Ritz-Carlton's Parent Company) / February 2008

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