Hotel Online
News for the Hospitality Executive



 Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Ernesto Velázquez
Area Director of Revenue Management

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, November 5, 2008 … Benchmark Hospitality International has named Ernesto Velázquez area director of revenue management for the leading hospitality management company.  Kim Nugent, Benchmark’s corporate director of revenue management, made the announcement.

"It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome Ernesto to his new and expanded role at Benchmark Hospitality,” said Ms. Nugent.  “He is a first-rate hospitality professional who has keen understanding of the revenue management function.  This is a well deserved promotion.”

In his new position, Ernesto Velázquez will be responsible for overseeing the revenue management function for Benchmark’s Hotel Contessa of San Antonio, Texas, and Chaminade Resort & Spa, located in Santa Cruz, California.  Mr. Velázquez was previously director of revenue for Hotel Contessa, where he helped the property establish a leadership position within San Antonio for revenue-per-available-room.  

Prior to joining Benchmark Hospitality International, Velázquez was director of rooms for the Omni San Antonio.  Earlier in his career he invested several years with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts at properties in the Caribbean and San Antonio, serving as director of revenue and director of rooms.  

Ernesto Velázquez attended Business School at Sacred Heart University, located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He resides in San Antonio.

About Hotel Contessa
The Hotel Contessa celebrates San Antonio’s rich Spanish heritage through its modern interpretation of 20th century Spanish style.  Inspiration for Contessa’s design comes from Spain’s great artists (think: Gaudi, Picasso and Miró), the graceful modernism of Barcelona, and the eclectic, natural setting of the San Antonio River Walk.  

Celebrating the region’s storied heritage as a fusion of cultures, Hotel Contessa pays homage to the best of San Antonio by incorporating modern interpretations of its unique architecture, hospitality, cuisine and lifestyle.  The 240,000-square-foot hotel features a 12-story tower that is home to 265 guest rooms, an upscale spa, a dedicated fitness center and rooftop swimming pool, as well as a gourmet restaurant and lounge that give leisure and business travelers a true taste of the new San Antonio.  Hotel Contessa embodies Benchmark Hospitality International’s more than twenty-five years of innovation and excellence in the operation and development of premium hotels, resorts and conference centers.  

About Chaminade Resort & Spa
Chaminade, a Full Service Conference Resort offers world class hospitality on the California Coast. Built high on a bluff, the mission-style luxury resort commands a panoramic view of the Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Chaminade's superior location offers a sense of peaceful seclusion only minutes from world-renowned golf, beaches and downtown Santa Cruz. The remarkable setting, combined with the renowned quality and personalized service of Benchmark Hospitality International, keeps guests coming back time and time again. At Chaminade, our goal is to exceed the expectations of guests during their stay at one of the finest conference resorts in the Bay Area. Benchmark Hospitality International operates Chaminade Resort & Spa.

About Benchmark Hospitality
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark is a worldwide organization operating over 30 properties representing major metropolitan and resort destinations.   Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut.  International offices are located in Tokyo and Santiago, Chile.  For locations of properties and additional information, visit  


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

Also See: Kim Nugent Named Benchmark's Corporate Director of Revenue Management / March 2008


To search Hotel Online data base of News and Trends Go to Hotel.Online Search

Home | Welcome! | Hospitality News | Classifieds | Catalogs & Pricing | Viewpoint Forum | Ideas/Trends
Please contact Hotel.Online with your comments and suggestions.