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Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Michael van Emmenes as
Director of Food and Beverage for Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia


The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, October 2011
Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has named Michael van Emmenes director of food and beverage for Lansdowne Resort, the landmark property located adjacent to Leesburg, Virginia, near Washington, DC.  David Kohlasch, Benchmark’s general manager at the resort, made the announcement.

“It is with pleasure that I welcome Michael to our resort,” said Mr. Kohlasch.  “He brings a remarkable level of expertise to his new position, gained at leading properties and hotel brands around the world.  His culinary knowledge and passion is a wonderful addition to our food and beverage team.”

Michael van Emmenes was most recently assistant director of food & beverage for Hilton Hotels & Resorts, serving at the company’s Orlando property.  Prior to this appointment he was assistant director of food and beverage for the landmark Palmer House hotel in Chicago.

Mr. van Emmenes has worked in food and beverage for properties in Atlanta, and internationally at hotels in South Africa and Dubai.  Earlier in his career, he worked in the cruise industry.  Mr. van Emmenes attended the Swiss Hotel Management School in Switzerland.   He is relocating to Northern Virginia.

About Lansdowne Resort
Lansdowne Resort, a Four Diamond Award recipient, is the capital region’s premier, full-service resort. Managed by Benchmark Hospitality International, the resort is set on more than 500 acres of secluded countryside. Lansdowne Resort features 296 guestrooms and 14 suites, a multi-pool aquatic complex, 45-holes of golf, a 45,000-square-foot clubhouse, six dining facilities and Spa Minérale, a full-service spa. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM.  The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  The company's eastern regional office is in New Jersey, western regional office is in Washington, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark's properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.
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