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Craig Waterman Named General Manager for Tucson, Arizona's
Westward Look Resort

Tucson, AZ
(05/18/11) – Westward Look Resort, Tucson’s first and finest resort, has officially announced the appointment of Craig Waterman to the position of General Manager. Waterman brings 25 years of hospitality experience to his new role overseeing day-to-day operations at the award-winning 244-room Westward Look Resort.

Waterman comes to Tucson most recently from Vail, Colorado, where he served as General Manager-Transition Team, assisting with the conversion of the Tivoli Lodge to a Gemstone Hotels & Resorts Managed property. He also spent three years as Managing Director for the new 184-room luxury Sè San Diego Hotel & Spa, following his successful stint as General Manager of the Four-Diamond WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

“I am pleased to be back in Arizona and joining the impressive Westward Look team,” said Waterman. “The Westward Look Resort is unique in its extraordinary blend of historic charm, modern comforts, natural outdoor appeal and warm Southwestern hospitality. I look forward to continuing and enhancing the resort’s commitment to exceptional guest service and outstanding offerings.”

While Waterman has worked with top-quality upscale hotels across the U.S., he is no stranger to Arizona. He spent a combined nine years working in three Arizona cities in the past, holding varying management positions with Wyndham Buttes Resort in Tempe, The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa in Carefree, and The Phoenician in Scottsdale.

Waterman will oversee daily resort operations and manage a staff of nearly 230 at the historic Tucson property, which is gearing up for its Centennial Celebration, coming in 2012. Next year, both Arizona and Westward Look Resort turn 100. In honor of the dual centennials, Westward Look will be celebrating with extraordinary room packages, dining specials, birthday festivities and more throughout 2012.

Set at the base of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains, the 80-acre, certified green Westward Look Resort features desert hiking, biking and horseback-riding trails, three refreshing pools, eight tennis courts, plus two on-site restaurants and the nature-inspired Sonoran Spa. In 2009, Tucson’s first and finest resort underwent a $14 million renovation, updating the look and feel of the main lobby, guest rooms, meeting spaces, fitness center, outdoor areas, Lookout Bar & Grille and GOLD restaurant. The resort was recently named a AAA Four Diamond Award® recipient for the third year in a row.

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Westward Look Resort is set in the foothills of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains on 80 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert. It offers 244 suite-sized rooms, two award-winning restaurants, a chef’s garden, the Sonoran Spa, eight tennis courts, desert hiking trails, on-site stables for horseback riding and multiple pools. Since 2010, the resort has been named an AAA Four Diamond Award® recipient every year, which honors the hotel for its commitment to excellence throughout the entire property, including GOLD restaurant, the resort’s extensive array of amenities, guest services and attention to detail. More information is available at 1-800-722-2500 and


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