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Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Dyal Sandhu Director of Food & Beverage
for Bedford Springs Resort in Pennsylvania

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, March 2008 - Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed Dyal Sandhu as director of food & beverage for Bedford Springs Resort, the historic property in Bedford, Pennsylvania, dating to 1796.  Rikki Boparai, general manager for Benchmark Hospitality at the resort, made the announcement.   Bedford Springs Resort reopened in July of last year following a lavish $120 million restoration and expansion program.
"I am very glad to welcome Dyal to Bedford Springs Resort," stated Mr. Boparai.  "He brings extensive luxury resort experience to our property, which will serve us well as we develop our restaurants and food & beverage programming."
Previous to joining the team at Bedford Springs Resort, Mr. Sandhu served in senior level food & beverage positions with HEI Hotels and Resorts, Hilton International, Ritz Carlton Hotels and Resorts, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts in locations throughout the United States.  He also brings international experience to his new role, having worked for resorts in Switzerland and Australia. 
Dyal Sandhu is a graduate of International College of Hospitality Administration located in Brig, Switzerland.  He has relocated to the Bedford, Pennsylvania area.
About Bedford Springs Resort 

The historic Bedford Springs Resort, which dates to 1796, reopened in July 2007 following a comprehensive renovation and expansion program to creating a 216-guestroom Four Star-quality destination resort. 
The National Historic Landmark resort has hosted such distinguished guests as Daniel Webster, Aaron Burr and seven US Presidents, including James K. Polk, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Ronald Reagan (while Governor) and James Buchanan, who used Bedford Springs as his Summer White House. In 1858, in the Grand Lobby, President Buchanan received the first TransAtlantic cable from England's Queen Victoria. 
A classic springs resort with many of the original buildings and architectural elements still in place, the restored and expanded Bedford Springs Resort features six restaurants, including the Crystal Dining Room, the Frontier Tavern, the 1796 Room, Che Sara Sara Cafe, the Turtle Shell, as well as over 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space with pre-function areas to accommodate a wide variety of groups.  The property also features a restored 1905 swimming pool and solarium - one of the first in America, and the new Springs Eternal Spa complex, which totals 30,000 square feet and has a full range of treatments designed around the seven unique springs that are part of the property and the history of the resort. There is also a fitness area and a full service salon.
Outdoor amenities include the restoration of the A.W.Tillinghast (1912) / Donald Ross (1923) 18-hole golf course and a new pro shop.  Ross, widely considered the father of American golf architecture, re-designed the Tillinghast course and added his signature features, such as small greens, serpentine bunkers, doughnut bunkers, false fronts on greens and more.  Also, the resort offers an outdoor pool, sun decks, a snack bar, 25 miles of hiking trails, 265 miles of rural mountain biking trails traversing the 2,200 acres of natural wooded landscape, and the Resort Rascals children's program.

Additional activities and amenities are an historic outdoor wedding grotto, spa garden, an outdoor pavilion on Red Oak Lake, fly fishing streams, river rafting, carriage rides and day excursions and cross country skiing in season.

Situated on 2,200 acres just outside the charming borough of Bedford in south central, Pennsylvania, the Bedford Springs Resort is located on Highway 220, three miles south of Exit 146 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  Close to the intersection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 70, the resort is a convenient two-hour drive from Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Pittsburgh, and two and one half hours from Philadelphia and four hours from New York City.  To learn more about Bedford Springs Resort, visit  The property is owned by Bedford Resort Partners, Ltd.  Benchmark Hospitality International operates the resort.
Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers, hotels and condominium resorts both domestically and internationally.  For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at  


Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax

Also See: Benchmark Hospitality Appoints William Courtney Lowe Director of Sales & Marketing for Bedford Springs Resort / February 2008
Benchmark Appoints Rikki Boparai General Manager for the Historic Bedford Springs Resort / June 2006


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