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Abdullah Vural Appointed General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
in Beaver Creek, Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colo.– April 4, 2011
–Abdullah Vural, a veteran of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company–who joined The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in a dual capacity as Vice President of Operations, Americas, and Interim General Manager in September 2010–has been appointed General Manager and will oversee all strategic operations on behalf of the iconic AAA Five-Diamond mountain resort.

“Having the privilege to work and live in some of the most beautiful cities in the world, I am extremely proud to call Vail Valley home and look forward to becoming an integral member of this close-knit community,’ said Vural. “The hotel’s reputation as a premier year-round destination is a reflection of its talented team and a testament to the fact that they, too, love being here.”

Boasting more than 24 years of globe-spanning experience in the hospitality industry, Vural began his illustrious career with the luxury brand in 2002. Over the course of nine years, he has continued to mark professional  achievements within Food and Beverage, Operations, Finance and Sales Departments on the property level, as well offer his savvy to the Americas in a corporate vice president capacity. Vural brings with him an impressive history of impactful engagement with ownership groups, senior management, customers and employees via innovative service strategies and brand initiatives. Further, he has helmed many property openings on behalf of The Ritz-Carlton, including those in Los Angeles and Lake Tahoe, and served as the interim general manager at destination resorts, such as California’s Half Moon Bay and Arizona’s Dove Mountain.

Born in Istanbul, Vural completed an apprenticeship in Turkey before attending school in Germany–where he was predominantly raised–which ultimately led to opportunities with global giant Marriott International. Fluent in Turkish, German and English, he was propelled and inspired by the international language surrounding epicurean excellence, which quickly became the trajectory for his passion and industry path. He has cultivated a respected reputation for working with notable chefs and restaurateurs to conceptualize successful dining venues, from initial planning and menus to openings and operations.

Relocating to Vail Valley from Virginia with him are his wife Andrea and daughter Leah.  When not relishing time cooking for his family or watching spirited soccer matches, Vural is counting down the days to explore the vast riches of Colorado on his Harley-Davidson.

The grand lodge architectural style of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch exudes authentic Rocky Mountain luxury and captures the essence of the surrounding national forest. Consistently touted by Travel & Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler as one of North America’s top hotels, the AAA Five-Diamond year-round destination resort offers limitless outdoor adventure, including unparalleled ski-in/ski-out access on Beaver Creek Mountain and preferred tee times at the private Red Sky Golf Club, which includes two 18-hole championship courses designed by the renowned Tom Fazio and Greg Norman.  After a day of activity, The Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, is the ideal place to relax and rejuvenate. The soothing Forbes Four-Star,  21,000 square-foot spa and fitness center features 19 treatment rooms, a co-ed rock-lined grotto with lazy-river hot tub, an integrated wellness program, and both Pilates and yoga studios. Designed by world-renowned hospitality designer Tony Chi, Spago by Wolfgang Puck opened at the resort in late 2007 as the only Colorado outpost of his legendary Beverly Hills restaurant.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 74 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe with future openings including Dubai International Financial Centre, United Arab Emirates; Shanghai, Pudong, China; and Kowloon, Hong Kong. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:  MAR) 

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