News for the Hospitality Executive
|Indian Wells, Calif. — August 3, 2007 - Chris Kandziora
has been named Director of Sales and Marketing of the Miramonte Resort
& Spa, a Destination Hotels & Resorts property. In his new position,
Kandziora will lead the resort’s sales and marketing team in promoting
the most unique hotel product in one of the country’s most affluent communities.
Since his arrival at Miramonte Resort & Spa in 2004, Kandziora increased
annual group business by 90%, as well as increased average daily rate by
$28.00. Additionally, Kandziora has helped oversee the property’s extensive
renovation, which has included a complete renovation of guest rooms, THE
WELL Spa, a 14,000-square-foot day spa, new restaurant design, and the
addition of a new 6,000-square-foot Mediterranean Ballroom and 4,500-square-foot
“Chris Kandziora is the perfect candidate for this position. He has been an integral part of the sales and marketing team during his tenure at Miramonte,” says David Renker, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Destination Hotels & Resorts. “Chris has helped turn Miramonte into the luxury resort of choice in the Coachella Valley, and has helped increase the market share considerably. His strong market experience will ensure the resort’s continued success in offering seasoned travelers and groups a unique, intimate experience with excellent service.”
As the new Director of Sales & Marketing at Miramonte, Kandziora’s vision is clear: “My goal is simple: to continue positioning the Miramonte as the desert’s premier luxury resort.” Miramonte will soon undergo an additional $6 million renovation, which will include a new upscale, yet causal destination restaurant; continued enhancement of the guest rooms including the installation of flat-screen TVs; a new entrance and arrival experience, and a new pool concept uniting the famed WELL Spa and the grand pool.
Prior to his arrival at Miramonte Resort & Spa, Kandziora served as the Associate Director of Sales at the Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel in Minneapolis, where he increased local corporate business, trained new sales associates, and consistently exceeded annual goals. Previous to his role at the Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel, Kandziora was a Management Trainee at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, WI, while in training he held positions in several departments at the 550-room, four-diamond luxury resort. In 1994, Kandziora began in the hospitality industry as the Banquet Chef for G.E.M.S. Conference Center by Marriott Corporation in Brookfield, WI, handling all catered functions, upscale dining experiences, purchasing, exhibition cooking, and inventory control.
Kandziora graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stout, with a B.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Management.
Miramonte Resort & Spa brings the spirit of the Mediterranean to the California desert community of Indian Wells, just minutes from Palm Springs. The intimate village, featuring THE WELL Spa, Coachella Valley’s only Mobil-rated destination spa, and Mediterranean-inspired Ristorante Brissago, offer guests an unforgettable experience in an extraordinary environment. Whether a stay at Miramonte Resort & Spa is for serious business or pure pleasure, it is sure to be a memorable one. For more information, or to make reservations, please visit www.miramonteresort.com or www.thewellatmiramonte.com.
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo. With more than 30 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 7,000 guest rooms, 10 golf courses and 11 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Houston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Maui and Lake Tahoe. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.
Miramonte Resort & Spa
|Also See:||Richard Behr Named General Manager of Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California / September 2006|