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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Nov. 7, 2018 – Marriott Syracuse Downtown has named Melissa Oliver as its new director of sales and marketing. A native New Yorker, Oliver brings to her role a decade of leadership experience in the hospitality industry.

“No stranger to objective-driven sales and marketing strategies, Melissa has an impressively successful track record in the industry,” said Todd Plouffe, general manager of Marriott Syracuse Downtown. “Add to that her New York State roots and passion for the region, and she is an ideal match for the Marriott Syracuse Downtown team.”

Oliver most recently served as director of sales and marketing at the Crowne Plaza Syracuse where she effectively oversaw all sales, marketing and social media efforts. While leading a team of sales managers, conference services and administrative staff, she also created special events to drive revenue, acted as a main point of contact for the sales team and hotel ownership, and worked with the general manager to execute top-level projects in the hotel’s various departments.

Prior to that, she held the position of general manager at Lake Placid Summit Hotel Resorts & Suites in Lake Placid, New York. Among her many accomplishments there—in addition to improving hotel operations and implementing new quality control standards—Oliver significantly grew average daily rates (ADR) in her first six months and maintained a year-round occupancy rate of 75 percent.

Previously, she served in various sales and operations roles with Courtyard Lake Placid, DelMonte Hotel Group, Holiday Inn Waterloo/Seneca Falls, Holiday Inn Downtown Ithaca and Holiday Inn Syracuse.

For more information, call (315) 474-2424  or visit marriottsyracusedowntown.com

About Marriott Syracuse Downtown

Located in one of the area’s most historic buildings, the 261-room Marriott Syracuse Downtown opened in fall 2016 after a major renovation to restore the hotel to its original glory. Conveniently situated just minutes from all that downtown Syracuse has to offer, from its many businesses to numerous entertainment venues and cultural sites, the hotel is an ideal destination for business and leisure travelers alike. The hotel’s stylish interiors combine history and modernity – with original features dating back to 1924 and new furnishings designed by local Stickley furniture. In addition to the hotel’s restaurant, Eleven Waters, Shaughnessy’s Irish pub and the Cavalier Room lobby lounge, Marriott Syracuse Downtown offers a choice of 23 event rooms that include expansive, state-of-the-art meeting venues and facilities for up to 1,330 guests. All main floor meeting rooms, as well as the Finger Lakes Ballroom, meet the discerning standards of International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). The hotel is located at 100 E. Onondaga Street and is managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts. For more information, call (315) 474-2424 or visit marriottsyracusedowntown.com.

Contact: Spenser Thompson or Gerard McTigue

sthompson@mower.com or gmctigue@mower.com / 212-980-9192 or 212-284-9936

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