News for the Hospitality Executive
|LAREDO, Texas, July 16, 2007 - The historic, resort-like
La Posada Hotel on the banks of the Rio Grande in Laredo, Texas has announced
two key appointments: Peter Palacios as General Manager and Gene Belmares
as Director of Sales & Marketing. La Posada recently completed a $15
million makeover that combines the hotel's historic Spanish influence and
colonial architecture with floor-to-ceiling renovations.
"With the renovations complete, we are excited that these two fine, experienced professionals will continue to raise the standard of excellence of La Posada," said Chuck Hedges of Palafox Hospitality, Ltd., owners of the hotel. "We are committed to providing our guests with gracious service and I am confident that with Peter and Gene's contributions, La Posada will remain the hotel of choice for the area's growing number of business and leisure travelers."
Palacios, a native of Laredo, previously served as Assistant General Manager of La Posada. He was also Assistant General Manager and Director of Golf of The Laredo Country Club, and Assistant Golf Professional with San Antonio's Canyon Springs Golf Club and Dominion Country Club. He graduated from Laredo's United High School and received his B.A. from St. Mary's University, where he was honored as Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee. Palacios has been a member of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) Texas Lone Star Chapter since 2003, regularly participating in CMAA educational classes.
Belmares, also a Laredo native, has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience. Previously, he was Division Sales and Marketing Manager for WestWind Homes, a leading homebuilder in South Texas. He also served as Sales Manager for Arguindegui Oil Company and Sales Director for Thomas Petroleum Laredo. Belmares is well known in Laredo City politics, elected to the City Council in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. He currently serves as Mayor Pro Tempore and on the Metropolitan Planning Organization. He is a graduate of United High School and attended Laredo Community College.
La Posada, located at 1000 Zaragoza Street in the historic district of downtown Laredo and within walking distance of the Mexico border, offers 206 spacious guestrooms -- including 58 suites and 22 Concierge Club rooms -- with authentic Spanish contemporary design, furniture by local artisans, fine artwork, and luxurious finishes throughout. While the original 1916 façade remains the same, the hotel's reconstruction runs the gamut from a newly designed lobby and contemporary Spanish public spaces, to beautifully restored guestrooms with elegant interiors, spectacular courtyards and grounds, and updated technology with free wired and wireless internet access throughout. The hotel offers three restaurants and three lounges; new full-service complimentary business center; new, fully-equipped fitness center, two renovated swimming pools, one with the resort's famous Bougainvillea swim-up bar, and 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Complimentary airport shuttle is available.
La Posada was recently named "Best Hotel" by the Texas Department of Transportation's travel counselors as a result of their Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA)-sponsored study tour to South Texas. The hotel also earned TTIA's "Best Dinner" award for its elegant Tesoro Club restaurant. For reservations, contact the hotel directly at 956-722-1701 or toll-free at 800-444-2099, or visit http://www.laposadahotel.com.
La Posada Hotel in Laredo, Texas
|Also See:||The Historic La Posada Hotel in Laredo, Texas Completes Extensive $15 million Makeover / June 2007|