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Benchmark Hospitality International Names Brian Dunne Director
of Sales & Marketing for Hotel 718, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, New York, July 2011 … Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading US-based independent hospitality management company, has named Brian Dunne director of sales & marketing for Hotel 718, the new property being constructed at 231 Duffield Street in Brooklyn.  Hotel 718, which is scheduled to open in November, is owned by Brooklyn-based V3 Hotels and will be operated by Benchmark Hospitality as part of the company’s new Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM.  Mike Taylor, Benchmark’s general manager for Hotel 718, made the announcement.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Brian to Hotel 718 and to Benchmark Hospitality International,” said Mr. Taylor.  “He brings to his new role extensive experience and sales contacts within the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Northeastern US markets.  We look forward to his leadership in the sales and marketing programming for this remarkable new hotel.”
A twenty-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Brian Dunne returns to New York City with his appointment at Hotel 718.  For the past three years, he served as vice president of sales & marketing for Magna Hospitality Group, responsible for the development of sales, marketing and revenue management strategies for branded and independent hotels in New York City, New England, the Mid Atlantic and Midwestern United States.
Mr. Dunne has previously held the position of director of sales & marketing for major New York City hotels, including properties in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Earlier in his career he served in sales and marketing positions at landmark properties in Chicago, New England, New York and internationally.
Dunne is a graduate of Fairfield University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in politics.  He is a member of MPI, ASAE, NYSAE, PCMA and HSMAI.
About Hotel 718
Upon opening in November, Brooklyn’s new Hotel 718 will feature a perfect blend of comfort required by today’s discerning traveler with a celebration of the heritage and culture of Brooklyn.  Part of the distinctive Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM of Benchmark Hospitality International, the hotel’s 128 guestrooms will feature luxurious appointments and state-of-the-art technology.  Upon completion, the H. Thomas O’Hara-designed Hotel 718 will offer spa services, a fitness center and cardio room, and a rooftop lounge. The hotel will include an inspired 75-seat signature Restaurant and Bar. Original works of art are being commissioned from Brooklyn artists for placement throughout the hotel, complementing the sweeping views from the 19-floor tower.  Just steps away from the MetroTech Center, Brooklyn’s historic Downtown and the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, Hotel 718 will provide ready access to Brooklyn’s diverse cultural and entertainment attractions day and night.  Located on historic Duffield Street, Hotel 718 is minutes from Manhattan by subway, bus, taxi or automobile, and is within easy access to LaGuardia and JFK Airports.  For more information about Hotel 718, visit  (, coming soon).  Hotel 718 is owned by Brooklyn-based V3 Hotels and operated by Benchmark Hospitality International.

About Benchmark’s Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels
Benchmark Hospitality’s
Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM represents a hand-picked group of luxury properties, each in coveted locations and infused with its own spirited personality and style.  This collection of distinctive hotels and resorts is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for transformation over accommodation, customization over conformity, and inspiration over predictability.  Our focus is on building personal relationships with a genuine understanding of what that personal touch should be for each and every guest, turning an ordinary hotel stay into an experience that elevates the spirit and delivers the unexpected.  Luxury is personal.

About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM.  The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  The company's eastern regional office is in New Jersey, western regional office is in Washington, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark's properties and additional information, visit

For Benchmark Hospitality International
Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 

For V3 Hotels
John Marino
The Marino Organization Inc.


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