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SKAMANIA LODGE ANNOUNCES NEW GENERAL MANAGER
Stevenson, Wash. – Skamania Lodge, an all-season mountain resort in the Columbia River Gorge managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, announces the appointment of Scott Spann as General Manager. Spann comes to Skamania with an extensive background in
Stevenson, Wash. - (February 21, 2008) - Skamania Lodge, an all-season mountain resort in the Columbia River Gorge managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, announces the appointment of Scott Spann as General Manager. Spann comes to Skamania with an extensive background in the hospitality industry and has more than 20 years of experience as a general manager.
Prior to joining Skamania Lodge, Spann was the general manager of The Chattanoogan, the premier urban resort in the Benchmark Hospitality collection, located in the heart of downtown Chattanoogan, Tenn.
From 2001-2003, Spann served as the president and chief operating officer for Tiburon Hospitality, management company and owner for three award-winning destination resorts including the 370-room Carefree Resort & Villas in Carefree, Ariz., the 254-room Ocean Place Resort & Spa on the New Jersey shore and the 190-room Daufuskie Island Resort & Breathe Spa off the coast of Hilton Head, S.C. During his time with Tiburon Hospitality, Spann oversaw the acquisition of the Daufuskie Island Resort. In addition, Spann's hospitality portfolio includes serving roles as Director of Food and Beverage for Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, Calif., an award-winning hotel and conference center; as well as Room Division Executive, Conference Service and Catering, and National Sales Manager for Sheraton's Premier at Tysons Corner, located 20 minutes from Washington D.C. Spann held similar roles in the conference service, catering, and sales departments for the Westfield International Conference Center located in Chantilly, Va.
"We are extremely pleased that Scott is joining our staff at Skamania Lodge," said, Thomas P. Luersen, Lowe Hospitality Group, Regional Managing Director - Pacific Northwest. "Spann brings a reputable management background and extensive experience in hospitality that will continue to establish Skamania as the premier conference center and travel destination in the Pacific Northwest."
Spann will be relocating to Washington in March 2008 with his wife Ellen and their two daughters, Audrey and Haley.
About Skamania Lodge
Surrounded by the waterfalls, peaks, forests and canyons of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Skamania Lodge is an all-season mountain resort and conference center, situated on 175 acres, 42 miles east of Portland, Ore., in Stevenson, Wash. With 254 guest rooms and a 22,000-square foot, International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) approved conference center, Skamania Lodge offers a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and groups. The Lodge boasts the Waterleaf Spa, indoor swimming pool and whirlpools, a fitness center, onsite hiking, an 18-hole par-70 Golf Course, the Cascade Room, River Rock Lounge and the U.S. Forest Service Information Center located in the lobby. Skamania Lodge is centered in a Pacific Northwest playground with hiking, biking and Sternwheeler cruises along the Columbia River in the summer; skiing and snowshoeing in the winter; and golfing, fishing and whitewater rafting all year long for outdoor enthusiasts. Skamania Lodge is a spectacular location to soak in the natural beauty and to enjoy a vast array of outdoor activities. http://www.skamania.com/.
About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo. With more than 30 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company's portfolio features more than 7,000 guest rooms, nine golf courses and 10 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Jackson Hole, Maui and Lake Tahoe. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit http://www.destinationhotels.com/.
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