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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, August 2013 … Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has named Diana Wellman director of catering and conference services for Eldorado Hotel & Spa.  Norbert Relecker, Benchmark's general manager for the property, a Benchmark Hotel® located in the heart of Santa Fe, made the announcement.

"I am delighted to welcome Diana to Eldorado Hotel & Spa," said Relecker.  "We're thrilled to have her join our executive team.  Her vast expertise in the hospitality industry coupled with her knowledge of and previous experience with Benchmark Hospitality make her the perfect choice to lead our catering and conference services department."

Diana Wellman brings 29 years of revered hospitality experience to Eldorado Hotel & Spa, and has spent the last nine years as a key member of Benchmark's global task force team.  During that time, Ms. Wellman worked on various projects with a number of Benchmark's properties, including The Chattanoogan in Tennessee, Naples Bay Resort in Florida, Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado, The Heldrich in New Jersey, Makena Beach & Golf Resort in Hawaii and Hotel Contessa in Texas.  She has held similar positions with Destination Hotels & Resorts.  Earlier in her career she and her husband owned and operated a dude ranch in Montana.  

Ms. Wellman is a graduate of New Hampshire Technical College.  She has relocated to Santa Fe with her husband.

About Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Situated along the historic Santa Fe Plaza with a stunning backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the AAA Four Diamond Eldorado Hotel & Spa features 219 newly renovated and spacious guest rooms including select deluxe accommodations with a wood-burning kiva fireplaces and private terrace.  Its signature, award-winning restaurant, The Old House, is lauded as one of Santa Fe's top dining experiences.  The AGAVE Lounge is a hip gathering spot for specialty tequilas, cocktails and flavorful small plate appetizers.  Considered one of the top destination spas in New Mexico, the hotel's Nidah Spa offers an array of body treatments, massages, wraps, facials and a full service nail salon for men and women.  The Eldorado also features a roof top pool, whirlpool, fitness center and 22,000 square feet of meeting and event space.   Nearby recreational activities include horseback riding, skiing, golf, kayaking and river rafting and can be coordinated through the hotel's concierge.  The Eldorado Hotel & Spa is managed by Benchmark Resorts & Hotels™  and is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.  For reservations and information call 800-955-4455 or visit www.eldoradohotel.com.  To become a fan, check out the Eldorado's Facebook fan page www.Facebook.com/EldoradoHotelandSpa or Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/EldoradoHotel.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Many are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence.  Benchmark Resorts & Hotels deliver highly specialized service that anticipates guests' needs and ensures a hospitality experience unsurpassed and long remembered. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels.

Contact: Ken Ellens, KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

Contact: Carol Baetzel, CBPR

cbaetzel@cbprco.com / (602)569-3074 / (602) 931-5422 - cell

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