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Ellie Callihan, CHA, CHSP, Appointed as Regional Sales Manager for
The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California

As it Prepares to  Open its 131,000 Square Foot $40 Million Expansion in Spring 2012



NAPA, Calif. (November 8, 2011)
– As The Meritage Resort and Spa prepares to open its 131,000 square foot expansion in spring 2012, it has hired a new regional sales manager. Ellie Callihan, CHA, CHSP, will utilize her more than 25 years of hospitality sales experience to reach out to group and incentive business based in the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Arizona and Southern California.

Callihan, a Certified Hospitality Sales Professional and Certified Hotel Administrator, came to The Meritage Resort and Spa after working with Hilton Hotels, Choice Hotels and La Quinta. In working with these national brands she was responsible for leading and managing sales teams while achieving quarterly and yearly sales goals. Callihan has won numerous sales awards for exceeding sales targets, including La Quinta’s Shark Award five years in a row. Her experience in bringing large conferences to regional hotels will help The Meritage Resort as it prepares to open an additional 12,500 square feet of meeting space.

“The Meritage is a beautiful property that offers guests and conference attendees an experience they cannot get anywhere else in the region, if not the nation,” said Callihan. “The meeting space is unrivaled, and the hotel and catering staff are both remarkable. Spa Terra provides guests with a unique experience to unwind after a day of meetings and visitors can walk through the vineyards, taste wine at Trinitas Cellars, enjoy a meal at Siena or enjoy bowling with colleagues at the new Crush Ultra-Lounge. I know that I am offering an unsurpassed quality experience to meeting planners that their event attendees will love.”

The Meritage Resort and Spa broke ground in November 2010 on its expansion project that will add 165 guest rooms and suites, giving the resort 320 rooms and more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. This expansion will allow The Meritage to host larger conferences and give more attendees the opportunity to enjoy more of the Napa experience at the resort.

“We are pleased to welcome Ellie to our sales team,” said Sheri Thomas, director of sales and marketing for The Meritage Resort and Spa. “Her experience and ability to bring in new meeting planners and groups is important for our continued success.”

The Meritage Resort
The Meritage Resort and Spa is an extraordinary Napa Valley luxury resort set within a private vineyard. The idyllic Napa Valley luxury hotel and resort is set against rolling hills of vineyards. A destination unto itself, it features Tuscan-inspired guestrooms and luxury suites, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine in Siena restaurant and wine tasting in the Estate Cave featuring Trinitas Cellars. Regain a healthful balance with curative treatments at Spa Terra – a lavish underground Napa luxury spa with steam grottos, soaking pools, treatment alcoves and tranquil walls of water. The resort boasts the most comprehensive event and meeting space in wine country. Far more than a place for expert relaxation, our unique property is an old world escape from the ordinary. Experience The Meritage Resort and Spa – an extraordinary Napa luxury resort perfectly blending gracious hospitality, unrivaled amenities and peerless personal care. We are Napa. Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Meritage.Resort. Follow us on Twitter: @MeritageResort. Visit us on the web: www.themeritageresort.com.
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Contact:
 
Andrew Bradley, AugustineIdeas
(916) 960-2897
abradley@augustineideas.com



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Also See: Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California Set to Complete $40 Million Expansion Project to Open in Spring 2012 / August 2011

Michael Collins Named Executive Chef at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California / July 2011

Laurent Berthon Named Executive Chef at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley / February 2009

Michael Lennon Named General Manager for the 338 room Meritage Resort at Napa (California); Sean Dempsey, Jeff Longnecker and Ross Anderson Named to Executive Team / May 2006

Pacific Hospitality Group, the Development and Management Company of the Meritage Resort at Napa, Building a Second Similarly Named Hotel in Healdsburg, California / April 2006
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