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January 3, 2018

Supplier News: Delta Hotels Into Asia + New Execs

A big hotel expansion and new convention sales contacts in New York and Miami lead this week’s supplier news in the meetings and events industry.

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Delta Hotels Expands Into Asia

Delta Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., has announced the official grand opening of the 339-room Delta Hotels by Marriott Shanghai Baoshan in China, marking the inaugural entry of the premium North American hotel brand into the Asia-Pacific market. All told, the brand said it expects to expand its global portfolio to 66 properties worldwide by the end of 2018.

The new Delta Hotels by Marriott Shanghai Baoshan is owned and managed by Shanghai Baolian Real Estate Co., Ltd. The building, with a Georgian-inspired façade, is strategically located close to downtown Shanghai in the city’s waterfront Baoshan district, at the mouth of the Huangpu River. The hotel is a five-minute drive from the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, which has the capacity to handle 3.6 million cruise passengers every year.

The hotel has 339 guest rooms and suites, each aimed at business travelers, with 55-inch flatscreen LCD TVs, air purifiers, capsule coffee machines and premium bath amenities.

Dining options at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Shanghai Baoshan range from casual American style at the Lotus All Day Dining Restaurant to grilled steaks at The Kitchen and fine dining at TRU, the hotel’s Chinese restaurant, which specializes in authentic Cantonese cuisine. Guests can also enjoy freshly baked pastries and refreshing drinks all day at the Lobby Lounge, while the DWB bar provides a setting for business or pleasure over signature Delta Hotels cocktails. The hotel also has a pillarless Grand Ballroom, equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment for corporate events, meetings and other occasions.

Delta Hotels became a part of the Marriott International two years ago and has since become one of the fastest-growing brands in the Marriott portfolio, with a Delta hotel opening every other week.

With Delta Hotels part of the Marriott International portfolio of hotels, guests at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Shanghai Baoshan can access the Marriott Rewards loyalty program and link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards programs to earn and redeem points at any of over 4,600 other participating hotels in 92 countries and territories.

Guests can also access more digital features through the Marriott Mobile app when they book direct, including mobile check-in and checkout, keyless entry and Mobile Requests to make their travel experience seamless. Marriott Rewards members will also earn points for their stay at Delta Hotels, and can redeem for hotel stays across the Marriott Rewards portfolio of brands.

New COO at Miami CVB

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has promoted Rolando Aedo to Chief Operating Officer (COO), announced William D. Talbert, CDME, GMCVB president and CEO.

rolando aedo“Rolando has been functioning for some time in an expanded role which aligns with the responsibilities of COO,” said Talbert in a written release. 

Aedo will continue to assist in the day-to-day operation of many aspects of the organization and further support external stakeholder relations. He will also take the lead on expanding high priority GMCVB initiatives, establishing new strategic programs and long-term plans to ensure the GMCVB continues to remain at the forefront of the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) industry. With the support of the marketing team, he will also remain closely engaged in the development of the GMCVB’s global marketing programs.

Aedo has been with the GMCVB for more than 22 years in a variety of capacities, serving most recently as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. Under his leadership, the marketing team has achieved many successes and awards in marketing Greater Miami and the Beaches as a top world-class leisure and business destination. Among recent and ongoing efforts is the launch of the new Miami Beach Convention Center, which will fully open in fall of 2018.   

Aedo holds undergraduate degrees from both Miami Dade College and Florida International University and a Masters in International Business Administration from the University of Miami. He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and some French. Additionally, Aedo achieved the designation of Certified Destination Marketing Executive (CDME), the highest educational achievement in the DMO Industry.  

New York City Adds New Convention Sales Contact

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, has announced that Watson Li has joined the organization’s Convention Development team as Regional Director, International MICE, serving the Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East regions. In his new role, he will drive meetings, incentive, conventions and exhibitions business to New York City’s five boroughs from these key markets.

Li reports to Jerry Cito, senior vice president of Convention Development for NYC & Company.

Li joins NYC & Company with almost 10 years of sales experience with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He previously served as Account Director for the New York Metro Market, a role in which he was responsible for bringing groups from the Asia Pacific region to Starwood-managed properties in New York City and New Jersey. Prior to that position, he worked in sales roles at The Westin New York Times Square, in Starwood’s Global Sales office in Guangzhou, China, and at The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou.

Li is a graduate of the Glion Hotel Management School in Leysin, Switzerland, and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. He currently resides in New Jersey.

In 2016 New York City welcomed a record 6.2 million meeting and convention delegates. To learn more about booking a meeting in New York City, visit nycgo.com/makeitnyc.

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