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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 27, 2013 - Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed John Annicchiarico director of sales and marketing for the Villas of Grand Cypress. Mark Cox, Benchmark's general manager for the Villas, Benchmark's Personal Luxury Resort® in Orlando, Florida, made the announcement. 

"John makes an outstanding contribution to our team at Villas of Grand Cypress Resort," said Mr. Cox. "His guest-first approach to sales and marketing is a great fit for the legendary culture and tradition of world-class service we have built over the past 30 years. John's background with both luxury hotel brands and leading edge entertainment companies will add great value to our guest experience."  

A veteran of the hospitality industry, John Annicchiarico was most recently the director of marketing for Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, California.  Prior to this he served in multiple positions with luxury hotels in Florida and California.  Earlier in his career he worked for Universal Orlando during a $2.8 billion expansion of the resort, serving in both guest services and sales and marketing roles. 

Mr. Annicchiarico earned a degree in Economics from Loyola University, and is a member of many professional organizations, including MPI and ASAE. He is delighted to relocate his family to the Orlando area where he began his career.

About Villas of Grand Cypress Resort

Recently awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Villas of Grand Cypress is just a few miles from the Orlando International airport, but seems worlds away from the ordinary.  The 1,500-acre luxury resort recently unveiled renovations of its 146 villas, the first phase of a multi-faceted resort-wide renovation. The renovation showcases spacious new guestrooms that offer modern interiors and feature a streamlined decor, natural materials and neutral palettes. In addition to its 45-holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf, the resort offers the Grand Cypress Racquet Club; in-room spa services; Lake Windsong and marina; easy access to Orlando's famed attractions; on-site transportation services; two pools, and more.

Villas of Grand Cypress has been a continued recipient of the Gold Key Award from subscribers of Meetings & Conventions magazine, receiving the award 17 times, most recently in 2012. In addition, Grand Cypress Academy of Golf is rated as one of the "Top 25 Golf Schools in America" and has received GOLF Magazine's Premier Resorts: Silver Medal Award by GOLF Magazine (2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012). Call (877) 330-7377 for reservations or visit www.grandcypress.com.

About Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®

Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® includes unique hand-picked properties in spectacular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each hotel and resort delivers personal luxury in a spirit true to its own distinctive locale, yet in keeping with the collection's shared mission. They represent a select portfolio of Benchmark Hospitality International®, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for over 30 years.  Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for transformation over accommodation, customization over conformity, and inspiration over predictability.  With Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, luxury is always personal.  www.personalluxuryresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/PersonalLuxuryResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PersLuxResorts.

Contact: Ken Ellens, Ken Ellens Communications

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

Contact: Rebecca Kollaras, Regional Director of Public Relations, Benchmark Hospitality International, FL Collection

rkollaras@usa-bhi.com / 305-754-5949 direct or 305-439-5314 mobile

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