of the Floating Wilderness Lodge in British Columbia
PRINCESS ROYAL ISLAND, British Columbia, Canada, April 6, 2006 - King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort, has named Daniel Ilias the new general manager of the award-winning luxury lodge located in pristine wilderness in British Columbia, announced President Michael Uehara.
Ilias joins King Pacific Lodge from Celebrity Cruises, the luxury brand of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, where he served in a variety of management positions over the past 13 years and has been part of the start-up team for the launching of all new ships. Prior to King Pacific Lodge, he was hotel director of The Summit, achieving top three worldwide rankings for the Celebrity Cruises ship throughout his tenure including in 2003 ratings of #1 for service and #2 overall by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.
"Throughout his career, Daniel has pursued a philosophy that largely parallels that of King Pacific Lodge, making him an ideal new general manager," said Uehara. "The lodge is committed to delivering an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience, while nurturing our guests, the natural environment and indigenous community that are the foundation of our singular guest experience," he explained. "Daniel, meanwhile, has demonstrated exceptional executive management skills and achieved the highest levels of product excellence, yet has always put top priority on developing the strongest guest and community relations."
"From the spectacular wilderness setting to the incredible wildlife and five star comforts, there is nothing like King Pacific Lodge," said Ilias. "This is an exciting opportunity for me to manage one of the truly unique properties of the world as well as be part of a viable and sustainable tourism model that is setting the standards in eco-tourism and corporate social responsibility."
King Pacific Lodge is a one-of-a-kind luxury floating wilderness lodge anchored in a sheltered harbor along the shores of Princess Royal Island in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. Guests enjoy interpretative hikes, sea kayaking, beach combing, heli-hiking, whale watching, wildlife viewing, star gazing, floatplane tours, fly-tying instruction, cultural tours with the indigenous Gitga'at, searches to view the rare cream-colored Spirit Bear, saltwater trolling, fly-fishing and remote freshwater heli fly-fishing. Guests return from the activities to their beautifully appointed, comfortable accommodations and gourmet meals paired with award-winning wines.
In 1993 he earned a B.S. in Hospitality Administration from Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida, and then in 2001 completed the General Managers Program (GMP) at the leading U.S. hospitality school, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
A member of the prestigious Rosewood Hotels & Resorts collection, King Pacific Lodge was named Wilderness Lodge of the Year for 2006 by prestigious Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report. The lodge has 17 rooms and suites and is open from May through October.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including The Mansion on Turtle Creek and Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, CordeValle in San Martin, California, Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico, Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo, Japan, and a triumvirate of world-class Caribbean properties - Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Caneel Bay on St. John and Jumby Bay on Antigua. For more information on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, please call 888-ROSEWOOD, or visit www.rosewoodhotels.com.
For more information and reservations, contact King Pacific Lodge at (888) 592-5464, or visit the web site: www.kingpacificlodge.com.
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