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APR 2017

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A P R I L 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 9 Mississippi New Executive Director Of Hotel Sales BILOXI — Beau Rivage Resort & Casino has named Randy White- side its new ex- ecutive director of hotel sales. Whiteside, who has 35 years of experience in hotel sales management, will be responsible for group and individual room sales, convention sales, directing the solicitation and negotiation of wholesale and corporate tour travel accounts and contracts, creating various market- ing strategies and the administra- tion of the convention and leisure sales departments. Prior to joining Beau Rivage, Whiteside held several senior- level management hotel sales and marketing positions at national chains, including Marriott and Hil- ton Corporation, as well as pres- tigious franchise and independent properties, including the Palmer House Hilton, the Chicago Hilton and the Nashville Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Texas New General Manager & Director of Sales & Marketing DALLAS — The Statler, an iconic downtown Dallas hotel undergo- ing a $225 million redevelopment, has named Evan Danziger as gen- eral manager and Jennifer Was- serman as director of sales and marketing. The boutique luxury hotel is set to open in late spring 2017. Danziger joins The Statler with more than 13 years of experience in hotel management. He previ- ously served as general manager at Embassy Suites Denver Interna- tional Airport. Wasserman brings more than 20 years of hotel sales and marketing experience to The Statler, with expertise in opening and converting hotels. She most recently served as opening direc- tor of sales and marketing at The Highland Dallas, the inaugural property for Hilton's Curio Col- lection. "We are honored to welcome two remarkable hospitality exec- utives to The Statler," said Dave Johnson, president and CEO of Aimbridge Hospitality. "Both Evan and Jennifer are proven experts in the hospitality industry and, with their combined wealth of experience, are the perfect fit for a redevelopment of such magnitude as The Statler." Hilton Americas-Houston Ranked Best Hotel in Texas HOUSTON — With MSN's an- nouncement of the Best Hotels in Every State, Hilton Americas - Houston takes the number one position as Texas' Best Hotel. Chosen by MSN based on expert reviews, local recommendations and its own list of the Best Hotels in America, Hilton Americas - Houston's overall dedication to guest satisfaction was a leading factor in the choice. Recognized for superior guest service, the hotel is also the recipient of the TripAdvisor Cer- tificate of Excellence, an honor awarded to hotels that earn high reviews from travelers on a reg- ular basis. TripAdvisor bases its rankings on user reviews writ- ten by hotel guests, with Hilton Americas - Houston holding the No. 7 spot of the 499 hotels in Houston. Always keeping guest satisfaction as its highest priority, the hotel holds the No. 1 spot as TripAdvisor's Top Green and Top Family Hotel in Houston, ranks No. 2 as the Top Spa Hotel in Houston and is in the top 7 on the Houston lists for Top Business Hotel, Top Luxury Hotel and Top Romantic Hotel. Directly connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hilton Americas - Houston contains the city's largest number of guest rooms, ballrooms, hotel meeting space and the most tech- nologically advanced services available under one roof. Conve- niently situated between Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park, this AAA Four Diamond hotel boasts 1,200 elegantly appointed guestrooms; 91,500 square feet of flexible, technologically advanced meeting space; restaurants; lobby bars; Starbucks; and a full-service spa and health club. n WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Visit Winston-Salem recently launched www.ReinventYourMeeting.com, a complimentary online resource for meeting planners that offers enhanced content, expanded planning information and new features. "This new platform is another testament to our commitment to providing exceptional service and product to meeting planners," said Richard Geiger, president of Visit Winston-Salem. "Keeping planners informed and making the information readily available online will help them take the next step when considering Winston-Salem as their host city." The new "sitelette" includes information on the $20 million reinven- tion of the 100,000-square-foot Benton Convention Center, as well as more than $1.5 billion in business initiatives over the last decade, according to Visit Winston-Salem. Planners will also find information on meeting facilities and hotels, convention services, incentives, RFP submissions, and video and image assets. n Online Resource Launched Whiteside Danziger Wasserman

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