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  Tina Crawford Appointed as Executive Spa Director at the
Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida

Orlando, FL – March 11, 2013 – Tina Crawford has recently been appointed Executive Spa Director at The Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando, Grande Lakes. In this position, she will manage and lead the operational, strategic and financial performance of the award-winning 40,000 square-foot spa at Grande Lakes Orlando.

Ms. Crawford has 19 years experience in the spa and hospitality industry.

Prior to joining Grande Lakes Orlando, she was the spa director of the nationally ranked Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island for 13 years. In addition to her work at Amelia Island, Ms. Crawford has been an integral player for Ritz-Carlton brand-wide spa initiatives, serving on the corporate advisory board, managing the core vendor program, and leading the hotel openings and transitions team. Ms. Crawford is a guest speaker at many spa industry conferences and colleges and was named Leader of the Year by SpaFinder.com in 2011.

“We are so pleased to welcome Tina Crawford to the Grande Lakes Orlando team,” said Jim Burns, Vice President and Managing Director, Grande Lakes Orlando. “Her expertise will ensure the spa continues to retain its status as one of the world’s most innovative, top spa experiences.”

Ms. Crawford studied at Pages Hair Academy in Georgia and at the Thomas School of Cosmetology in South Carolina.  She holds a license in cosmetology.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando features 40 treatment rooms, a 4,000-square-foot outdoor heated lap pool and healing waters for the exclusive use of spa guests as well as co-ed relaxation conservatory, full-service salon, spa boutique, 6,000-square-foot Wellness & Fitness Center, and Vitale Spa Café.  Signature treatments include an eco-hammock massage, organic treatments featuring herbs from the resort’s gardens and honey sourced from the resort’s on-site apiary, and a Scrub Bar, which provides guests a personalized learning experience with a mixologist to concoct their own scrub made from fresh herbs.

About Grande Lakes Orlando
Grande Lakes Orlando is a unique 500-acre resort with a luxury 582-room Ritz-Carlton and deluxe 1,000-room JW Marriott Hotels. In particular, the Grande Lakes Adventure Experience program, which includes kayak and canoe eco-tours and a fishing school, reflects the resort’s natural surroundings.

Grande Lakes also offers the culinary mastery of award-winning Chefs Norman Van Aken and Melissa Kelly, new total-wellness inspired treatment programs at The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Golf Digest Schools’ golf instruction. The estate is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks.

Guests at both hotels can enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including the 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Greg Norman, the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa offering a new rooftop eco-space, a wide selection of natural treatments, baths and hydrotherapies, and advice from the world’s first Citrus Consultant. Membership offerings are also available through The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Members Club. For more information about Grande Lakes Orlando, visit www.grandelakes.com.
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Contact: 

Grande Lakes Orlando
 www.grandelakes.com

Michaelann Millrood/Paige Scala
Laura Davidson Public Relations 
(212) 696-0660
michaelann@ldpr.com/paige@ldpr.com



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