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Memphis Marriott Downtown Welcomes Samantha Barnett
as New Director of Hotel Sales

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 17, 2012 -- Memphis Marriott Downtown, a premier hotel in Memphis offering superior service, is pleased to announce Samantha Barnett, a UK native, as the new director of hotel sales. With more than eight years of experience, three of which have been with Marriott, Barnett is an award-winning sales director and will bring substantial strengths to the Memphis hospitality sector.

Born and raised in Surrey, England, Barnett began working in the hospitality sector as a college student in Cheltenham, England. Her first job was as a receptionist at Hatherly Manor Hotel where she was quickly promoted to front of house manager. She then became sales coordinator and food and beverage manager at Branksome & Horsley Conference Centre in Surrey. Prior to joining the Marriott family, she was director of sales at Diplomat Radisson SAS Hotel, Bahrain.

Barnett was most recently the director of global sales – TMC and Intermediaries, with Marriott Global Sales, Dubai, UAE. Before that, she was the assistant director of services at Washington, D.C. Renaissance Hotel.

In 2011, she was a Marriott Golden Circle, President's Circle, award winner for outstanding sales results and a S.T.A.R. (Strategic Total Account Relationship) performance award recipient. Her passion and leadership are crucial characteristics that will continue to make Memphis Marriott Downtown the ideal Memphis lodging destination.

About Memphis Marriott Downtown
Escape to a stunning hotel located in the heart of the city and boasting exceptional service in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Memphis Marriott Downtown, the largest hotel in Memphis, TN, is situated on the Memphis trolley line and conveniently located near exciting attractions, such as National Civil Rights Museum, Graceland and AutoZone Park. Unwind in one of 600 stylish guest rooms and suites featuring luxurious bedding and magnificent city views. Feast on savory regional cuisine at Magnolia Grille, or enjoy a drink with friends at the charming Trolley Stop Bar, both premier downtown Memphis restaurants. Showcasing 12,000 square feet of versatile event space, this unique hotel connected to Memphis Cook Convention Center is perfect for productive business engagements and elegant wedding receptions. Depart from the ordinary and experience extraordinary at Marriott – an unforgettable downtown Memphis hotel.

For more information, to make a reservation or to submit a request for proposal, call 1-888-557-8740 or visit

For further information  please contact :

Samantha Barnett
Director of Hotel Sales


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