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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, November 2018… BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Amit Kumar Sen director of food & beverage for Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, the landmark Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property on Curaçao. Rob de Bekker, Benchmark’s general manager at the resort, made the announcement.

“It is such a pleasure to welcome Amit to our resort and to the beautiful island of Curaçao,” said Mr. de Bekker. “He comes with important leadership skills and culinary experience gained at signature hotels and resorts within the United States and the Caribbean. Amit also offers a keen understanding and appreciation of the culture of this region.”

Amit Sen brings a wealth of industry and Caribbean market experience to his new position with Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, having launched his culinary and hospitality career in Aruba. He most recently held the position of director of food & beverage outlets for the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana, and prior to this served as director of restaurants for the Gaylord Palms Resort Convention Centre in Kissimmee, Florida. Mr. Sen previously held food and beverage positions with Ritz Carlton, Marriott and select resort properties on Aruba.

Fluent in English, Hindi, Bengali, and conversational in Spanish and Papiamento, Amit Sen earned his Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from CHN – Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, in conjunction with the University of Aruba. He received his Diploma in Hotel & Restaurant Management from the International Institute for Advanced Studies based in India. Mr. Sen resides on Curaçao and will be joined shortly by his wife, who is a native of Aruba, and their two daughters.

About Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

Located at Santa Barbara Plantation, the 350-room Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is Curacao's premier luxury resort. Managed by BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, the resort features sweeping water views, white sand beaches, a full-service Atabei Spa, a 24-hour fitness center, three pools, four restaurants and a dive and water sport facility. It is also home to Old Quarry – the 18-hole Pete Dye-designed championship golf course named as the #1 golf course in the Caribbean by USAToday’s 10Best – plus 38,000- square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the largest on island. Part of a 2,000-acre luxury resort community nestled along Spanish Water Bay, the resort is just 25 minutes from the island’s capital city of Willemstad. For additional information and reservations, visit www.santabarbararesortcuracao.com or call +5999-840-1243 or 1.855.590.2266. To stay up to date on the latest news and happenings, follow on Twitter and Instagram at @SBRCuracao and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SBRCuracao.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® features the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations.  Featuring unique and distinctive properties renown for exceptional service and for creating unforgettable memory-making experiences, it is the signature portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years.  Many Benchmark Resort & Hotels' properties are certified by IACC, the association that represents the finest meeting venues and services globally, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence.  www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels  Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/benchmarkresortsandhotels, and on Pinterest at  www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels

Contact: Ken Ellens

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

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