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Hilton Waikoloa Village Promotes Russell Kembel
to Director of Industry Relations


WAIKOLOA, Hi. (January 31, 2011)
- Industry veteran Russell Kembel has been promoted to director of industry relations and national accounts for Hilton Waikoloa Village.  This promotion is a strategic move by Hilton Waikoloa Village in order to effectively position the hotel in group markets, while supporting the in-market sales team.
  
In his new role, Kembel will focus on market development in the United States, Canada and Australia, while acting as a resource for the resort’s in-market sales team.  His established relationships in the various market segments and broad knowledge of sales and negotiations will facilitate his efforts to drive revenue to the resort.

“Kembel’s passion and understanding for market development, negotiations and customer relationships make him a perfect fit for the position as director of industry relations for Hilton Waikoloa Village,” stated General Manager Debi Bishop.  “I know he will take our sales team to even higher levels of excellence in terms of service and profitability.”

With an extensive background in the hotel industry, including senior sales manager for Westin Cincinnati and conference sales manager for O’Hare Hilton, Kembel began his hospitality career fresh out of college in 1996 with the San Francisco Hilton and Towers as a sales trainee.  He graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor of arts in business administration-hotel/restaurant management.  Kembel currently resides in Seattle.
 
The award-winning Hilton Waikoloa Village is a 62-acre Pacific playground and alluring destination unto itself.  The resort offers island hospitality with 1,240 beautifully appointed guest rooms and beautiful vistas of Waiulua Bay.  Amenities include three fresh-water swimming pools; an ocean-fed snorkeling lagoon; waterfalls and waterways; locally inspired treatments at the Kohala Spa; Dolphin Quest educational center; nine dining outlets; a Museum Walkway; Camp Menehune children's program; Legends of the Pacific Luau; an 18-hole seaside putting course and expansive tennis complex.  Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach Resort are gateways to cultural immersion, engaging travelers in the area's rich history through such interactive cultural entertainment as hula and ukulele lessons and historic Petroglyph tours.  Adventures within Waikoloa Beach Resort range from two championship golf courses to world-class shopping and activities at Queens' Marketplace and Kings' Shops.

For more information about Waikoloa Beach Resort and Hilton Waikoloa Village, visit www.waikoloabeachresort.com or www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com or call 1-800-HILTONS.
   
About Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Hilton Hotels & Resorts is the stylish, forward-thinking global leader of hospitality that welcomes guests in more countries than any other full-service hotel brand. The Hilton brand currently includes more than 530 hotels and resorts in 76 countries, and plans to serve travelers in 80 countries by the end of 2011. By offering innovative products, services and amenities, Hilton Hotels & Resorts enables travelers to be at their best 24/7, whether traveling for business or leisure. Start your journey at www.hilton.com. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.
 
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels.  For 92 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value.  The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands.  Its brands are comprised of more than 3,600 hotels and 600,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.  The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.  For more information about the company, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.
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850.668.2222
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Also See: Hilton Waikoloa Village Names Rikki Grace as the New Sales Manager Responsible for the Small Group Market for the West Coast, Australia and Canada / October 2010

Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island Appoints Five New Executive Members / February 2009
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