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Rob Morgan Appointed General Manager of Seaview, a Dolce Hotel

Dolce Hotels and Resorts by Wyndham | September 10, 2019

GALLOWAY, NJ – September 10, 2019 – The award-winning Seaview, a Dolce Hotel, located along Reed’s Bay in Galloway, NJ, announces the appointment of Rob Morgan as general manager. In this position, Morgan will oversee hotel operations across the historic property’s 298 guest rooms, more than 34,500 square feet of meeting and event space, and two championship golf courses. A veteran of the hospitality industry, Morgan brings more than 30 years of experience to his new role. Prior to joining Seaview, he held the position of senior vice president of transitions & operations strategy for Davidson Hotels & Resorts in the Atlanta...

Wharf Hotels Appoints Michael Ganster as General Manager of Niccolo Chengdu

September 10, 2019

Hong Kong SAR, China, 10 September, 2019 – Wharf Hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Ganster as General Manager of contemporary chic hotel, Niccolo Chengdu, taking the helm of the group’s first luxury hotel which opened in 2015. Amplifying the strategies initiated by Adriano Vences who successfully captained the hotel as its preceding General Manager for 4 years and has since taken up the leading role at The Murray, Hong Kong a Niccolo Hotel, the group’s flagship, Michael’s new remit is to lead the award-winning hotel in Chengdu, to new heights. Originally from Austria, Michael has a wealth of hospitality ex...

Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour Appoints Justin Taylor as Executive Chef

Park Hyatt St. Kitts | September 10, 2019

ST. KITTS – September 10, 2019 – Park Hyatt St. Kitts announces the appointment of Justin Taylor as Executive Chef of the exclusive luxury beachfront resort. In this role, Taylor will oversee the resort’s three signature restaurants including The Great House, The Fisherman’s Village and The Stone Barn while simultaneously introducing creative culinary programming that introduces guests to the island’s rich heritage. Taylor comes to Park Hyatt St. Kitts with over 14 years of experience in the culinary industry having worked in a wide range of high-end kitchens from London to Los Angeles. Most recently, he was Executive Chef for th...

Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel Appoints Fabrizio Facchini as Executive Chef

Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel | September 10, 2019

NEW YORK (September 10, 2019) - The highly anticipated Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel has announced the appointment of award-winning Fabrizio Facchini as the Executive Chef of the hotel’s upcoming restaurant, Cotto, soon to be one of Chelsea’s hottest dining destinations. Opening Fall 2019, the restaurant will serve a unique twist on authentic Italian cuisine, perfectly situated in Chelsea’s enchanting Flower District. Facchini will oversee the menu creation and vision of Cotto, while using the best of local and imported ingredients. In addition to the restaurant, Facchini will spearhead all food and beverage operations at the Renai...

Teneo Hospitality Group Appoints Judith Segura Director of Sales in Mexico

Teneo Hospitality Group | September 10, 2019

Eden Prairie (Minneapolis), MN, September 2019 … Teneo Hospitality Group, the premier Global Group Sales Organization, takes another strategic step in its global expansion program with the appointment of Judith Segura as Director of Sales in Mexico. Based in Quintana Roo on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Ms. Segura will be responsible for developing new international business originating out of Latin America for Teneo member hotels globally. In August, Teneo quadrupled its presence in 20 key European destinations, adding 50 hotels spanning independent properties, small luxury brands, and premium brands under the Radisson and Accor flags. N...

Hilton Cleveland Downtown Promotes Julia Austin to Director of Sales and Marketing

Hilton Hotels & Resorts | September 9, 2019

CLEVELAND — September 9, 2019 — Hilton Cleveland Downtown announced today the promotion of Julia Austin to director of sales and marketing. Austin will oversee the sales and marketing efforts for the award-winning hotel, which is connected to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and offers 50,000 square feet of meeting space. A 10-year hospitality veteran, Austin began her career as a catering and conference services coordinator at Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, where she was promoted to executive meetings manager, sales manager and then national sales manager. She then held the title of senior sales manager at FireSky Resor...

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Appoints Michael Dutton as Director of Sales and Marketing

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach | September 9, 2019

Fort Lauderdale, Fl. – September 9, 2019 –   Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach today announced the appointment of Michael Dutton as director of sales and marketing.  Effective immediately, Dutton will be responsible for overseeing the property’s sales and marketing strategy, while implementing short- and long- term initiatives to elevate awareness around the hotel’s expanding wedding and meetings space.  His appointment comes as the hotel nears completion of a multi-year renovation, with a planned November relaunch. “We are excited to welcome someone of Michael’s caliber to the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach family and feel he w...

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Appoints Christian Apetz as Executive Chef

Hyatt Regency San Antonio | September 6, 2019

San Antonio, Texas (September 6, 2019) – Hyatt Regency San Antonio, located on the famous River Walk and directly connected to Alamo Plaza, announces Christian Apetz as Executive Chef. Apetz joins the property from The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas which is part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection. “We are thrilled to welcome Christian to Hyatt Regency San Antonio,” said Philip Stamm, General Manager of Hyatt Regency San Antonio. “Christian’s extensive experience working as an Executive Chef at numerous hotels throughout the country paired with his unmatched passion and love for creating exceptional dining experiences for guests ma...

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, Names Melissa Bolster Catering and Conference Services Manager for World of Whirlpool, Chicago

Whirlpool | September 6, 2019

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Melissa Bolster catering and conference services manager for World of Whirlpool, in Chicago. Ms. Bolster’s new position represents a promotion for her. Ken Jesina, Benchmark's general manager at World of Whirlpool, made the announcement. "It is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Melissa Bolster to Catering and Conference Services Manager," said Mr. Jesina. “Melissa has been a key contributor to the success of this property over the last few years, and we are very excited about her new leadership role with us, and th...

The Lanesborough Hotel, London, Appoints Stuart Geddes as New Hotel Manager

September 6, 2019

September 2019 – The Lanesborough Hotel in London, part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, is pleased to announce the joining of Stuart Geddes as Hotel Manager, taking up his position in October 2019. Geddes joins The Lanesborough from The Goring Hotel, where he worked as General Manager and brings a wealth of experience to the team at The Lanesborough having worked in some of the finest hotels in London previously. Announcing the new arrival, Marco Novella, Managing Director of The Lanesborough commented, "We are delighted to welcome Stuart to the team at The Lanesborough, where he will help to reinforce our position as market leade...

Swire Hotels Appoints Simon McHendry as General Manager of The Temple House in Chengdu

Swire Hotels | September 6, 2019

Swire Hotels is pleased to announce that Simon McHendry, former General Manager of EAST, Beijing, has been transferred to The Temple House as the new General Manager, effective July, and will oversee the operations and lead the team in Chengdu. Simon began his life in Asia over a decade ago in 2004 when he relocated from London to Hong Kong and then later to Beijing. With hospitality in his blood and planted in Asia all these years, Simon gained valuable insight through fully immersing himself in the culture and building genuine relationships. In 2015, Simon joined Swire Hotels first as Executive Assistant Manager – Sales & Market...

Milwaukee’s Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel Appoints David Bodette as General Manager

Saint Kate | September 6, 2019

MILWAUKEE-- Following its grand debut, Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel, Milwaukee’s first-of-its kind independent arts hotel, announced today the appointment of arts and luxury hotel veteran David Bodette as general manager. Bodette, a sculptor in his free time, oversees daily operations of the 219-room hotel and arts experience. In this lead role, he is supported by a passionate cast of 200 associates, collaborates with community influencers and artists, helps shape the guest experience and oversees all food and beverage operations, including the hotel’s five dining venues. He comes to Saint Kate following a legacy career managing some ...

Club Med Appoints Carolyne Doyon as New Chief Executive Officer for North America and the Caribbean

Club Med | September 5, 2019

MIAMI (Sept. 5, 2019) – Club Med, the pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept, announced today that Carolyne Doyon will assume the role of president and chief executive officer for the company’s North American and Caribbean business division, effective immediately. In her new role, Doyon will oversee more than 3,000 employees and lead the sales, operations and development activities for four regional offices and nine resorts. Doyon is succeeding Xavier Mufraggi, who held the position of CEO for North America and the Caribbean for more than 10 years. During his tenure, the North American division flourished into a sustainable and pr...

Shore Lodge Resort Appoints Tom Garcia as President and General Manager

Shore Lodge | September 5, 2019

MCCALL, ID.– Award-winning Shore Lodge resort and adjoining private second home community Whitetail Club in McCall, Idaho, today announce the appointment of Tom E. Garcia as president and general manager. Garcia will bring his extensive experience in the golf club, resort, spa, and luxury real estate sectors with an emphasis in operations and renovations leadership to his new role. He will oversee all aspects of the 1,300-acre Whitetail Club community and historic 77-room Shore Lodge resort located in the heart of the region’s prized Salmon River Mountains. “Tom’s extensive experience leading properties in nearly every U.S. region ...

Quail Lodge & Golf Club Appoints Brian Parks as Executive Chef

Quail Lodge & Golf Club | September 5, 2019

CARMEL, CALIF. (September 2019) – Quail Lodge & Golf Club announces the appointment of Brian Parks to the position of Executive Chef. In his new role, Chef Parks will oversee all culinary operations at Quail Lodge including the menus at the property’s signature restaurant, Edgar's, and hotel bar, Waypoint Bar + Kitchen, in addition to banquets, wedding and special events on property. Parks is a graduate of both the California School of Culinary Arts and College of the Canyons with degrees in Culinary Arts, Business Sciences and Social Sciences. He is a seasoned veteran in the hospitality industry and brings a high level of standard...

Hilton Appoints Feisal Jaffer as Global Head of Its Newest Luxury Brand, LXR Hotels & Resorts

LXR Hotels & Resorts | September 4, 2019

MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the appointment of Feisal Jaffer as global head, LXR Hotels & Resorts. Jaffer will oversee Hilton’s newest luxury collection brand, which launched in 2018 and is comprised of independent hotels for the world’s most seasoned luxury travelers. LXR offers guests enriching, uncommon experiences tailored to each distinct hotel and traveler. “Set apart by an extraordinary commitment to personalized attention, the LXR brand is rooted in a unique sense of discovery and adventure,” said Martin Rinck, executive vice president and global head, Luxury & Lifestyle Group, Hilton. “In our...

Richard Schestak Appointed Managing Director of Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, Thailand

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok | September 4, 2019

Bangkok, 4 September 2019 - Richard Schestak has been appointed as the new Managing Director at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. Looking back to 28 years of experience in international hospitality industry, Richard joins this luxurious iconic landmark in the heart of Bangkok from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates where he was General Manager at Fairmont Marina Resort and Fairmont Marina Residences. Austrian-born Richard Schestak brings to the hotel a wealth of international hotel experience gained in Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific with an extensive background in hotel operations - in particular Food & Beverage...

Hilton Miami Downtown Appoints Sirle Martorell as General Manager

Hilton Miami Downtown | September 4, 2019

MIAMI (Sep. 4, 2019) – Hilton Miami Downtown is excited to announce the promotion of Sirle Martorell to General Manager, who has served as the hotel’s Hotel Manager for the past two years. In her new role, Martorell will be responsible for overseeing Hilton Miami Downtown’s daily operations, personnel, business development and guest relations. “I’m so honored to have been granted the opportunity to become Hilton Miami Downtown’s new General Manager,” Martorell said. “I’ve fallen in love with this exceptional property during my time here, and I’m looking forward to continuing working with our team to achieve higher leve...

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa Names Rodney Herwerth as Complex Executive Chef

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa | September 3, 2019

DENVER -- Sept. 3, 2019 -- The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, a legend among Downtown Denver hotels since 1892, proudly welcomes Rodney Herwerth as Executive Chef of the iconic landmark and the adjacent Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown, part of The Brown Palace hotel complex. In this role, Herwerth will utilize his wealth of knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm to oversee all culinary direction and operation for the hotel, banquets and daily dining within its six renowned restaurants and lounges. "We're excited about the diverse culinary background Chef Rodney Herwerth brings to The Brown Palace complex," said Timothy Wolfe, C...

Apple Leisure Group Names Alejandro Reynal Chief Executive Officer

Apple Leisure Group | September 3, 2019

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Septemer 3, 2019 -- Apple Leisure Group®, ("ALG"), one of the world's leading travel, leisure and hospitality management groups, announced today the appointment of Alejandro Reynal as Chief Executive Officer. In a planned transition, Reynal will succeed Alex Zozaya, who will serve in a full-time capacity as Executive Chairman and lead the Board of Directors. Both appointments are effective September 3, 2019. In his new role, Reynal will oversee ALG which is comprised of a collection of leading subsidiary companies including AMResorts®, an award-winning resort brand management company with 66 branded resorts; de...

Russell Chen Appointed as Vice President Sales – APAC

GuestTek | September 3, 2019

Calgary, Alberta – September 3, 2019 – GuestTek Interactive Entertainment Ltd., the global leader in providing innovative and interactive technology solutions for the hospitality industry, is pleased to announce that Russell Chen has been appointed their new Vice President of Sales for the Asia Pacific region. Based in Taipei, Taiwan, Russell boasts over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has a strong proven sales record in the Great China Region. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and EMBA in Information Management with the National Taiwan University (NTU) as his alma mater. Russell possesses extensive knowle...

Kokua Hospitality Appoints Jose Ortega as General Manager at Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort

Kokua Hospitality, LLC | August 29, 2019

(SAN FRANCISCO; August 29, 2019) – Kokua Hospitality, LLC, an independent hotel management company based in San Francisco, announces the appointment of Jose Ortega as General Manager at Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort (1507 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga). Located in the heart of downtown Calistoga, this California oasis is strolling distance from all the art, wine, and culture the town has to offer. Situated in the picturesque Napa Valley, Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort is bordered by vineyards, mountains, and natural icons like the Petrified Forest, Safari West, and Calistoga's own "Old Faithful" geyser. After a morning spent in ...

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas Welcomes Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC | August 29, 2019

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is pleased to announce the appointments of Jose Sanchez as Executive Chef and Carlos Gutierrez as Director of Food and Beverage. In his role, Sanchez will oversee the resort’s four distinct dining outlets, including new Sicilian restaurant Alloro, and Gutierrez will lead all food and beverage operations, including restaurants, bars, catering and banquet operations. Both of these appointments come at a pivotal time for the luxury property, as it is due to reopen its doors this December 2019. "I'm extremely excited to join the team at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, especially...

Andre Sattler Appointed Executive Chef at The Ben West Palm

The Ben West Palm | August 29, 2019

West Palm Beach, AUGUST 2019 - Chef Andre Sattler brings his international experience, ranging from Germany to the Middle East to Miami, to lead the F&B program at West Palm Beach’s soon to be “it” spot, The Ben West Palm. He has been tapped to guide the hotel’s culinary team and restaurant direction as Executive Chef. With the new-build hotel now less than six months from completion, Sattler will be an integral part in steering the direction of the ground floor restaurant Proper Grit and rooftop lounge Spruzzo, both set to open alongside the hotel in January 2020.  Sattler is no stranger to high-profile establish...

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