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Andre Fournier Appointed Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing
for Destination Hotels & Resorts



Englewood, Colo. – April 1, 2011 – Charles S. Peck, president and chief operating officer for Destination Hotels & Resorts, recently announced that Andre Fournier was name senior vice president of sales and marketing for the hotel company. Fournier, who originally started his career in Colorado more than 25 years ago, will return to the state in which he originally made his mark on the hospitality industry.
 
“One of our goals at Destination is to build our talent from within,” said Peck. “Andre has been with our company for more than 15 years and he’s continually helped us grow our sales and marketing programs to meet changing economic conditions. I’m very excited to announce this promotion as Andre has made an incredible mark on our company over the years and we are anxious to see where he will take the sales and marketing function in the future.”
 
Fournier’s new responsibilities will include serving on the company’s executive committee, shaping the global sales and marketing vision and culture, driving annual business planning sales and marketing processes, as well as developing brand-building strategies for the Destination portfolio and individual assets. He also will continue to collaborate with the national sales team on strategic sales programs and supporting strategies for expansion. Fournier will play a major role in working with business development to secure new management contracts and property acquisitions to grow the company.
 
Fournier most recently was vice president of field sales for the company where he mobilized Destination's more than 150 person, property-based sales force to create synergies amongst the collection to better sell and serve its clients. He oversaw the deployment and coordination of Destination Hotels & Resorts’ property sales and marketing teams and conducted detailed departmental needs assessments. He also regularly worked with properties in transition stages to boost the success of those that were performing below their competitive set. In addition, Fournier partnered with the director of organizational development and recruiting to identify when appropriate sales or marketing talent was needed. He also put together development plans for sales and marketing associates to prepare the company for future growth.   
 
Before taking on additional corporate responsibilities, Fournier was the regional director of sales and marketing for Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix when Destination managed the property. Fourier held a similar position at the Vail Cascade in Colorado before moving to Phoenix in the mid-1990s. Prior to working for Destination, Fournier worked for Doubletree Hotels, Sheraton, Keystone Resort and the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.
 
Fournier has been recognized by numerous industry organizations for his contributions to the profession over the years including being named one of HSMAI’s Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing.
 
Fournier is relocating to Colorado from Phoenix with his wife and three daughters .
 
Destination Hotels & Resorts is the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the United States with more than 30 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers. The company has developed a variety of initiatives to better serve its communities, stakeholders and customers including Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program, and the Destination Delivers guest loyalty program, which provides the best available offers to members. Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com or to join Destination Delivers, visit www.destinationdelivers.com.

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Kristin Yantis
Malen Yantis Public Relations
kyantis@myprco.com
(775) 831-4422

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