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Patrick T. Smith Appointed as Senior Director of Group Sales
in North America for The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.

NEW YORK, NY (August 23, 2011) – Kenan Simmons, vice president of sales, the Americas for The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., has announced the appointment of Patrick T. Smith to the position of senior director of group sales in North America for the organization.

Based in the company’s Chicago office, Mr. Smith will be responsible for the Midwest US and Eastern Canada group market segments and will lead the group sales teams for North America promoting travel to over 400 luxury properties in over 80 countries within The Leading Hotels of the World portfolio.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Simmons noted, “Patrick’s leadership, experience and reputation in the group travel market will continue to strengthen and elevate the position of Leading Hotels in this key segment. Patrick has made a very positive impact on our organization since he began his tenure with us in late 2010.  He is well suited to spearhead LHW’s North American group team as we continue in our mission to provide our clients with all kinds of one-of-a- kind experiences.”

Mr. Smith brings more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry to his current role. Most recently, he served for over a decade with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in a variety of sales roles, including as a member of the Chicago Worldwide Sales team of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

He received his Bachelors Degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and resides in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Mr. Smith can be reached at

About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.
The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is the largest luxury hospitality organization in the world, representing over 430 of the finest hotels, resorts and spas in over 80 countries. Its mission is to curate and champion an exclusive collection of independent properties, including grand palaces and intimate city hideaways, luxury tent enclaves and expansive self-contained resorts. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, it started with 38 initial members. Its loyal customers demand levels of quality they have come to expect of the brand, while seeking authentic and enriching travel experiences.  Leading Hotel members are utterly unique and boldly independent. To be considered for inclusion, a hotel must adhere to strict quality standards and master the art of extraordinary hospitality.  For reservations, visit In the USA & Canada please call 1-800-223-6800 or contact a travel professional.

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