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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, January 17, 2014 - Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed Suya Davenport corporate director of leisure sales for the company's Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® brand. Ms. Davenport is based in Naples, Florida, and operates out of offices within Benchmark's Naples Bay Resort, a Personal Luxury Resort located in the city.  This is a new position for Benchmark Hospitality and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels. Ted Davis, chief sales and marketing officer for Benchmark Hospitality International, made the announcement.  

"During her tenure with Benchmark, Suya has proven herself to be an extraordinary leader in the leisure and luxury travel markets," states Davis. "We look forward to her continued success in this newly-created role." 

In her new position, Suya Davenport will serve as the primary liaison to domestic and international luxury travel providers for the eleven Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® located in Florida, Tennessee, California and Washington State.  With an extensive background in representing luxury properties and destinations, Ms. Davenport will work directly with travel industry partners, including Virtuoso, American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, Signature Travel Network, Ensemble Travel Group and Preferred Hotel Group.  

Suya Davenport was previously director of sales & marketing for ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa in Bal Harbour, Florida, and at Naples Bay Resort, in Naples, Florida.  Prior to joining Benchmark Hospitality International, Ms. Davenport served as executive director of the Lee County Visitors & Convention Bureau in Fort Myers, which under her leadership received three Flagler Awards by VISIT FLORIDA and a Destiny Award from the U.S. Travel Association.  Earlier in her career, she served in sales leadership positions at major luxury-brand hotels and resorts on both coasts of Florida and in the Caribbean.

Ms. Davenport graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing degree. She had earlier earned her Associate of Arts in Business Administration degree from Edison Community College in Fort Myers. Davenport has been the recipient of several professional honors during her career with Benchmark Hospitality, including the Transient Sales Executive of the Year award in 2010, the Director of Sales & Marketing of the Year award for 2011, and the Attitude & Determination award for 2012.  She resides in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

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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