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Giles Priestland Appointed Director of Sales, Travel Industry
at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. – January 26, 2011 – The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is pleased to announce the appointment of Giles Priestland, who will lead travel industry sales and strategic business development at the AAA Five-Diamond resort.

Mr. Priestland’s career in hospitality began in the Vail Valley, where over the course of nearly 15 years he has continued to mark professional achievements and develop an esteemed reputation amongst peers and top clients for his business savvy. He most recently held the position of Director of Leisure Sales at a top, luxury Beaver Creek resort, handling revenue responsibility for more than 75 percent of annual room sales, and espouses a philosophy for success on par with that of The Ritz-Carlton.

“Giles’s decision to join our team and furnish us with his industry-renowned talents is truly an honor,” said Amy Moser Harrison, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.  “We know that his enthusiasm and proven proficiency–cultivated, particularly, in this preeminent destination market–will be a huge asset to our team.”

Since graduating with honors from Ardingly College in Sussex, England, and earning a B.A. with honors in Political Science with Economics from the University of London, Priestland has complemented his educational credentials with experience in hotel operations and food and beverage, before tenures as Director of Catering and Conference Services and Director of Sales and Marketing at area resorts.  During that time, he received a prestigious President’s Award for fiscal achievement.

A resident of the Vail Valley since 1996, Priestland enjoys hiking, golfing and skiing in the majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains. When not on the road to highlight inventive resort packages and offers to the travel industry’s elite, he also relishes globe-trotting for pleasure with his wife Kelly.

The grand lodge architectural style of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch exudes authentic Rocky Mountain luxury and captures the essence of the surrounding national forest. Consistently touted by Travel & Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler as one of North America’s top hotels, the AAA Five-Diamond year-round destination resort offers limitless outdoor adventure, including unparalleled ski-in/ski-out access on Beaver Creek Mountain and preferred tee times at the private Red Sky Golf Club, which includes two 18-hole championship courses designed by the renowned Tom Fazio and Greg Norman.  After a day of activity, The Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, is the ideal place to relax and rejuvenate. The soothing Forbes Four-Star,  21,000 square-foot spa and fitness center features 19 treatment rooms, a co-ed rock-lined grotto with lazy-river hot tub, an integrated wellness program, and both Pilates and yoga studios. Bachelor, the resort’s resident Labrador Retriever, is available for walks through the resort’s signature Loan-a-Lab program and is the perfect activity for the entire family. Designed by world-renowned hospitality designer Tony Chi, Spago by Wolfgang Puck opened at the resort in late 2007 as the only Colorado outpost of his legendary Beverly Hills restaurant.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 73 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe with future openings including Dubai International Financial Centre, United Arab Emirates; Shanghai, Pudong, China; and Kowloon, Hong Kong. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:  MAR)     

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Contact:

Jackie Randell
jackie.randell@ritzcarlton.com


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