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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Appoints Mary McCarthy as
Director of Sales Eastern United States and Canada
New York, September 6, 2005 - Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announces the appointment of Mary McCarthy as director of sales for the eastern United States and Canada.  McCarthy will be responsible for the sales and marketing activities of Shangri-La's New York regional sales office.

McCarthy will raise the visibility of Shangri-La's 47 properties in the marketplace and supervise sales activities in the eastern U.S. and Canada. Her responsibilities include overseeing the group's promotions, tradeshows and sales events in the region and managing a team of seven based in the New York office.  McCarthy reports to Karen Gray, director of sales and marketing for North America, and assumes Carolyn Blackburn's position. Blackburn, a 14-year Shangri-La veteran, is working part-time as associate director of sales for the eastern U.S. and Canada.

Prior to her appointment, McCarthy was director of new business development at The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. During her 12-year tenure she successfully led global teams in the sales, marketing and strategic planning departments. An expert in leveraging luxury brands, she also previously directed sales efforts at Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's New York office as national director of travel industry sales and regional director of sales.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel group, currently manages 47 hotels under the five-star
Shangri-La and four-star Traders brands, with a rooms inventory of over 21,000.  The group has over 30 projects under development in Canada, mainland China, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at


Judy Reeves
Public Relations Manager, North America
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
1501 Broadway, Suite 502
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 382-3155

Also See: Shangri-La Building Luxury 200 room Hotel in Manzhouli, a Frontier Town in Northeast Inner Mongolia / July 2005
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Now Guarantees Best Rates on the Group's Website / July 2005


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