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Meliã Hotel Atlanta in Georgia Appoints Cyndi Willis as Corporate Catering
Manager and Valaisa Russell as Social Catering Manager

ATLANTA, GA (January 21, 2013) – Meliã Hotel Atlanta is pleased to announce new additions to its executive staff.  Cyndi Willis has been appointed as Corporate Catering Manager and Valaisa “Cricket” Russell has been named as Social Catering Manager.

“We are excited to welcome these new members of our team who bring enthusiasm, strong work ethic and proven leadership abilities, “said Otto Svensson, General Manager.  “We look forward to continuing to build our social, group and corporate business at Meliã Hotel Atlanta.”

As Corporate Catering Manager, Cyndi Willis is responsible for all aspects of coordinating corporate events, meetings, trade shows and political or award ceremonies. Willis brings over 15 years experience in the hospitality industry, starting her career in Corporate & Group Sales with General Investment & Development (GID) based in Boston, MA. She later joined Cornerstone Reality & Apple Suites in Virginia as their Corporate Sales & Marketing Manager for more than 90 properties in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.  Willis’ corporate planning skills include specializing in conferences, trade shows, seminars and day meetings.  A dedicated member of the community, Willis orchestrates an annual homeless food drive and supports many area children’s cancer charities.

Cricket Russell also has an extensive sales and catering career, working in the industry for over 17 years.  Having begun her career with some of the area’s most exclusive private country club event facilities such as Eagle’s Landing and Country Club of the South, Russell moved into sales positions at The Standard Club and 200 Peachtree Special Events and Conference Center.  She looks forward to her role at Meliã planning and executing all social related events to include weddings and any other social event or party from corporate gatherings to birthdays.

About Meliã Hotel Atlanta:
Meliã Hotel Atlanta combines deluxe accommodations, a myriad of amenities and exceptional service to create an unforgettable experience.  The premier hotel is strategically located in the chic Midtown area of Atlanta and is positioned perfectly for business travelers as well as leisure guests, with convenient access to transit and proximity to the city’s top attractions such as the Fox Theater, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, The High Museum of Art, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Tech, The Georgia Dome and so much more.  Accommodations include 502 guest rooms and suites with spectacular views of the city skyline.  Dining and entertainment choices include an on-site restaurant, lobby bar and Sol Deck, a luxe rooftop pool and lounge.  The hotel also serves as the perfect backdrop for business meetings, conventions and special events with 31,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space and featuring an exclusive 25th floor event space with unparalleled views. www.meliaatlanta.com

About Melia Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Melia Hotels International is one of the world's largest hotel companies and the leader in the Spanish market. It currently has more than 350 hotels and 87,000 rooms in 35 countries on 4 continents, operating under the following brand names: Gran Melia, Melia, ME, Innside, Tryp by Wyndham, Sol and Paradisus . Club Melia, the only holiday club company among Spain's hotel chains, rounds off the Company's range of products and services.

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