NOV 2018

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 9 a wealth of experience from other destination marketing organizations, as well as an insider's knowledge of selling large citywide events." Missouri Sales Department Restructured ST. LOUIS — Explore St. Louis is adding personnel and restructuring its sales department to represent the city to planners of conventions, executive meetings and specialty markets. John Bettag, vice presi- dent of sales for Explore St. Louis, said the new structure will allow the sales teams to focus strategi- cally on business opportunities that best leverage the meeting and con- vention assets of the community, including the planned $175 million enhancement of the America's Center Convention Complex. Three new directors of sales have been selected to lead newly formed teams. Jill Hericks, director of convention sales, will lead the team responsible for booking citywide events using the Ameri- ca's Center Convention Complex and multiple hotels. She previously served in senior positions with the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Convention Center, Century Center in South Bend, Ind., and Hollywood Casino and Hotel in St. Louis. Erin Jackson, director of exec- utive meetings sales, will lead the team respon- sible for attracting hotel meetings and events to the St. Louis region. Most recently, she served as director of sales of the Moonrise Hotel. Stephanie Monroe was promoted to director of specialty market sales to lead a team in sports, re- ligious, fraternal and military markets. She joined Explore St. Louis in 2007 as national conven- tion sales manager. Tennessee New Executive Team Members NASHVILLE — The Westin Nashville has promoted Jeff Crabiel to executive assistant manager and Eric Otero to general manager of L27 Rooftop Lounge. Crabiel will manage and maintain Westin brand luxury standards and Otero will lead the continued evolution of L27 Rooftop Lounge. "We are excited to welcome Eric, as well as congratulate Jeff on his well-deserved promotion," said General Manager Hugh Temple- man. "With Eric's expertise in major-market nightlife and Jeff's outstanding commitment and ser- vice to The Westin Nashville's guest and employees, I am proud and confident in our superb executive team." New General Manager NASHVILLE — Union Station Ho- tel Nashville, a Marriott Autograph Collection property, has named Peter Wright as general manager. He leads all day-to-day operations for the hotel. A seasoned hospitality veteran, Wright has more than 25 years of executive industry experience with The Leading Hotels of the World and at luxury properties including U.S.-based Market Pavilion Hotel in Charleston, S.C., and Hotel ICON in Houston, Texas. Located in a circa-1900 building in the heart of Nashville, Union Sta- tion Hotel offers 125 guest rooms and 11,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Texas Convention Center Nearing Completion (pics) ALLEN — In January 2019, Delta Hotels Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center will open with 300 guest rooms and 90,000 square feet of meeting space. A public-private partnership between the City of Allen, Delta Hotels by Marriott, Altera Development, the Allen Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and Benchmark Global Hospitality, the property will include celebrity-chef driven cuisine by Chef Stephan Pyles, an expansive pool and patio, proximity to high- end shopping and dining at Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm. The hotel will feature 23 meeting rooms, two hospitality suites and 15 suites. J&S Audio Visual will pro- vide dedicated A/V staff on site and there will be more than $300,000 in A/V equipment on property. An 11' x 18' video wall, located in the outdoor courtyard, will be program- mable for video, PowerPoint and logo presentations. New National Sales Manager SAN ANTONIO — Visit San Anto- nio has promoted Laura Betancourt to national sales manager. She will lead sales efforts for San Antonio in the Midwest and Western U.S. markets. Betancourt joined the Visit San Antonio team in 2007 as a senior events coordinator and advanced to the organization's destination ser- vices team before joining the con- vention sales team in 2017. She has more than 20 years of experience in the meetings industry, having started her career in exhibit and trade show management. n $17 Million Renovation Nears Completion DALLAS — The Renaissance Dallas Hotel by Marriott will soon com- plete a $17 million guest room renovation. The 30-story hotel has updated all 484 guestrooms and 30 suites with marble and glass, welcoming colors and modern furniture. Each guest room will display artwork inspired by local scenery. "After much anticipation, we are thrilled that our guest-room reno- vation is well underway," said Chris Pilavakis, general manager of the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. "With the modernization of our guest rooms and suites, each guest's experience will be elevated to the next level of comfort and satisfaction." The hotel is open during renovations, as construction is taking place one floor at a time. Renovations are expected to be complete in early 2019. The 30-story hotel offers 51,753 square feet of meeting space. n Monroe Hericks Erin Jackson

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