Hotel Online  Special Report

 Francis Purvey Named Director of Sales and Marketing for Both
Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino and
Radisson St. Martin Resort & Spa
ARUBA, January 4, 2005 – Carlson Managed Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Francis Purvey as director of sales and marketing for both Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino and Radisson St. Martin Resort & Spa, slated to open December 2006.  In this position, he is responsible for all domestic and international sales and marketing initiatives for the resorts, supervising a staff of 11 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aruba and St. Martin who promote both Radisson flagship properties to the leisure, group and incentive markets.  Purvey is based in the company’s resort sales and marketing office in Fort Lauderdale.

“With a $5.2 million, oceanfront spa underway at Radisson Aruba and the addition of Radisson St. Martin to our portfolio, this is a very exciting time for our brand in the Caribbean,” stated General Manager & Vice President, Carlson Resorts, the Americas, Jeff Lesker.  “We are delighted to have Francis leading these efforts and look forward to his contributions.”

An industry veteran, Purvey brings 34 years of experience to the position, most recently serving as director of sales & marketing for the 300-room Bahia Mar Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale.  Prior to that, he was the director of marketing & leisure sales for Radisson Suite Resort on Sand Key in Clearwater, Fla. A British citizen, Purvey had a successful tenure as a senior officer for the Bermuda Department of Tourism from 1972-1985.

Purvey is active in a number of professional affiliations including Meeting Professionals International, SKAL and Society of Incentive & Travel Executives in Florida.

Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino
As the first hotel built on Aruba in the 1950s by renowned architect Morris Lapidus, Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino is situated on 14 oceanfront acres, featuring the best 1,500 feet of white sandy beach on island.  Brimming with lagoons, waterfalls and manicured gardens, this award-winning, 358-guestroom property captures the essence of Aruban charm, offering well-appointed accommodations, including 32 suites, sumptuous cuisine, superior Guest Enrichment program, PADI watersports facility, two pools, access to the Tierra del Sol championship golf course, tennis courts, 16,000-square-foot casino and over 15,000 square feet of meeting space. Its 15,000-sq.-ft. oceanfront Spa is scheduled for completion November 2006.


Michelle Forszt
Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino
Phone: 954-491-7001

Also See: Carlson Hotels Acquires Full Ownership of the Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino from the Aruban Government / Aug 2003
The 253-room L'Habitation de Lonvilliers Resort (formerly the Le Meridien) Acquired by Carlson Hotels Worldwide; Planning Total Transformation to the Radisson St. Martin Resort and Spa / November 2005

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