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Benchmark Appoints Ray Guyton Director
of Sales for Hotel Granduca, Houston

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, March 1, 2010 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Ray Guyton as director of sales for Hotel Granduca, Houston's most luxurious boutique hotel, located in the Uptown/Galleria section of the city.  Mary Grace Gray, general manager, made the announcement.

“It is with pleasure that I welcome Ray to Hotel Granduca,” said Ms. Gray. “His sales experience and success in multiple locations throughout the southern US, including Texas, will prove invaluable to growing sales revenues at our property.”
Ray Guyton was previously director of business travel & business development for Hotel ZaZa of Houston, where he was highly successful in developing new markets for the property.  He began with Hotel ZaZa as business travel sales manager. 
Prior to these appointments, Mr. Guyton served as director of sales for New Orleans Boutique Hotels, where he oversaw the sales programming for three properties within the company's portfolio.  He has also previously been employed as director of sales & marketing for American International Travel Group, Inc., and served as senior sales manager for American Airlines and SABRE.
Ray Guyton attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.  He resides in Houston.
About Hotel Granduca
Considered one of Houston’s premier, luxury boutique hotels, and the only Leading Hotels of the World property in Texas, the Mobil Four Star Hotel Granduca is majestically situated in the heart of Houston’s Uptown Park and Galleria district.  Built in 2006, and offering 123 luxuriously appointed accommodations and suites, Hotel Granduca also features the award-winning Ristorante Cavour, more than 1,200 square feet of exclusive function space, Bar Malatesta, a sparkling pool with private cabanas and lushly landscaped verandas and courtyards .  For information or reservations, call 1-888-472-6382, or contact your travel professional.  Visit online at  Hotel Granduca is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International.
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The independent company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston.  The company’s northeast regional office is in New Jersey, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit 


Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax
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Also See: Italian-born, Houston-based Developer Giorgio Borlenghi Opens the First Luxury Extended-stay Hotel in Houston, the 130 room Granduca (Grand Duke) / September 2006

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