Jeanette Schulte, who served as director of sales at La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif.,is now director of incentive sales for KSL Resorts Group, based in the West Coast regional sales office. Schulte represents the entire collection of KSL-owned and operated resort destinations, which include La Quinta and the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa in Maui.
Giovanni Angelini, currently vice president, operations, at Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, will assume the role of managing director and chief executive officer of the company, effective June 30.
Evelyne Sansaricq has been appointed director of sales andfor Hotel Nikko de Paris and will be based in Paris. For 12 years she was based in its North American corporate offices, most recently as director of marketing support and distribution.
Jennifer Schoon has been appointed corporate sales manager for Kempinski Hotels & Resorts International sales office in New York. She will focus on business travel from the U.S. into Kempinski's more than 25 hotels in Europe and Asia.
Michael McNease has been named regional director of sales for the Washington, D.C., office of Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts. McNease is responsible for sales within the mid-Atlantic region. He spent the last six years directing national sales for Princess Hotels International.
Kathy Marty has been named director of sales at The Claremont Resort & Spa, a KSL Recreation Corporation property in Berkeley, Calif., Marty previously served for eight years as director of sales and marketing at the Lafayette Park Hotel in Lafayette, Calif.
Madeleine Routon, who joined the Four Seasons Hotel Houston in September 1997 as a corporate sales manager, has been appointed group sales manager handling the Texas and Midwest conference market. Tara Guffroy replaces Routon as the new corporate sales manager. Guffroy joined the Four Seasons last March.
Lyn Lenahan joined The Aspen Institute and Aspen Meadows as director of sales and marketing. Lenahan was formerly director of sales and marketing for the Camberley Hotel in Louisville, Ky.
Greg Hanss is now director of marketing at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale (Ariz.) at Troon North. He comes from The St. Regis Aspen, where he was director of sales and marketing.
Leigh Drewry has been appointed national sales manager at the Ihilani Resort & Spa in Oahu, Hawaii. She will be responsible for all group sales for the U.S. West Coast and Canada. She most recently served as conference service manager at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (Fla.).
* GOINGPLACES Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., is undergoing a $50 million renovation. The resort offers 1,000 guest suites in 28 lodges. More than 65,000 square feet of meeting space includes a 14,000-square-foot ballroom. Added this spring: a 22,000-square-foot pavilion connecting to Inverness Hall. New this summer: three more dining outlets, the TeamBuilders Executive Challenge Course, and The Lost Oaks course, totaling 90 holes of golf at the resort.
San Diego Paradise Point Resort remodeled 180 of its 462 guest rooms, the first phase of a multimillion-dollar renovation.
MeriStar Hotels & Resorts reports that the Doubletree Hotel & Golf Resort in Palm Springs, Calif., will be renamed the Doral Palm Springs Resort, joining MeriStar's distinguished Doral Hotels & Resorts group. The 289-room hotel offers 27 holes of championship golf. The property, which was recently renovated, offers 18,000 square feet of meeting space.
In other news from MeriStar, the company has added the Radisson Resort & Spa Scottsdale to its portfolio. The 318-room resort offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space plus the 20,000-square-foot Arroyo, an expansive Western "town" facing Camelback Mountain and ideal for outdoor functions.
Hilton Boston Logan Airport, a 600-room property directly connected by skybridge to Boston's Logan International Airport, opens in September. Its state-of-the-art guest rooms, with dual-line phones and dataports, include a 75-room Executive Level with private lounge. The hotel will offer 30,000 square feet of meeting space all on one level.
The Sheraton Gateway Hotel, next to Los Angeles International Airport, has transformed 49 of its 85 hospitality suites into executive suites designed for business travelers and small meetings. The 500-square-foot suites offer in-room conference tables; dual-line phones; a combo- fax, copier, and printer; ergonomically designed work space; and dataport. The 800-room hotel also has 42 meeting rooms, and a business center.
The Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Fla., will open the 11,340-square-foot Palm Court Ballroom in January 2000. 5,000 square feet of pre-function space are being added as well. The 360-room resort has three other ballrooms and a 9,600-square-foot outdoor Esplanade overlooking Tampa Bay.
The Hotel El Olivar San Isidro in Lima, Peru, has become the Sonesta Lima Hotel El Olivar. The historic hotel, located in a residential district of the city, offers 134 rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
Kempinski Resort Hotel Estepona has opened in Estepona, Spain with 131 rooms and 108 suites. Situated on the Costa del Sol with panoramic views to Gibraltar and the coast of Marbella, the resort offers 3,200 square feet of meeting space. Golf and horseback riding are nearby.
Orient-Express Hotels has entered a joint venture with Peru Hotel, S.A. to manage the Hotel Monasterio del Cusco and the Machu Picchu Ruinas Hotel. The 123-room Hotel Monasterio was created from a 16th-century monastery. The Machu Picchu Ruinas is the only hotel permitted at the ruins of the ancient Inca sanctuary, and will be renovated by Orient-Express.
The exclusive Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad has become Grand Bay Hotels & Resorts' first Mexican property. On the Pacific Gold Coast, the 199-room beachfront resort is part of a 1,200-acre resort community on a private peninsula with a full-service marina. The resort has 15,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 120-seat amphitheater, a grand and junior ballroom, and two outdoor reception areas.
The west tower of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina complex has become the 345-room Westin Harbor Island. The larger east tower will remain the 700-room Sheraton Harbor Island. Guests at either have access to the facilities of both. The complex offers 30 meeting rooms and 18,000 square feet of exhibit space.
The Portland Marriott City Center on Broadway in Portland, Ore., is set to open its doors in May. All 249 guest rooms and 11 suites feature Marriott's "Room that Works" amenities, including two-line phones and dataports. Meeting space accommodates from 10 to 120 attendees.
The 192-room Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., has become the St. Regis Washington, converting to the luxury brand of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts chain.
Santa Fe and Taos In northern New Mexico, the old artists' enclave of Taos and the historic city of Santa Fe complement each other like green and red chili.
Taos has been a haven for artists and intellectuals. Now, with its galleries, boutiques, museums, and top-notch restaurants, it seems made to order for groups wanting a quiet haven.
On the outskirts of town, the walled Taos Pueblo, first settled nearly 1,000 years ago, is the oldest continually inhabited community in the United States.
The new, upscale Fechin Inn in Taos has 85 rooms and 14 suites. Constructed in Pueblo style,the rooms have spacious, tiled bathrooms; and many have gas fireplaces. A 1,140-square-foot divisible conference room is on the second floor, and a boardroom and a library are also available for small gatherings.
Twenty miles up the road--and 2,000 feet higher in elevation, with its base at 9,200 feet--is Taos Ski Valley. Ten yards from the main ski lift, The Inn at Snakedance offers 60 guest rooms and a 1,200-square-foot conference center.
Just 70 miles to the south, Old Santa Fe is built around the historic Plaza, site of a daily Native American craft market.
The 67-room Inn on the Alameda, three blocks from the Plaza, is across from Santa Fe's River Park. The inn has conference facilities for up to 50 on site. Guests are offered a complimentary, lavish breakfast buffet daily.
At the Eldorado Hotel, one block from the Plaza, just across the street from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, there are 219 luxurious guest rooms and suites, some with kiva fireplaces and terraces. Suited for groups of up to 450, the hotel offers 18,000 square feet of function space, including the 7,000-square-foot courtyard for outdoor events and the 2,000-square-foot penthouse patio.
The 157-room Hilton of Santa Fe has more than 7,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 3,390-square-foot ballroom. It has recently installed new soft goods in all guest rooms and new carpeting in rooms and hallways. For more on the Taos/Santa Fe area's hotels, meeting facilities, attractions, and recreation areas, visit www.santafe.org or meet-taos.com.