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Hotel Irvine Expands Sales and Marketing Team

Published: 02/17/2016
Media Contact: Marguarite Clark Public Relations
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Dione Williams Named National Accounts Director at Orange County Lifestyle Hotel

IRVINE, Calif. - Stepping up Orange County's newest lifestyle hotel's national presence, Dione Williams, a seasoned sales professional with more than 15 years of hospitality industry experience, has been named national accounts director at Hotel Irvine, a recently renovated and rebranded 536-room hotel owned and operated by the Irvine Company.

In his new role Williams - most recently the senior national sales manager with Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas - will oversee the hotel's association market nationwide, primarily concentrating on Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, as well as Illinois and Ohio.

According to Allison Lesser, the director of sales and marketing for Hotel Irvine, Williams has a long and successful track record in hospitality sales and will play a key role as Hotel Irvine continues to focus on expanding its share of the national meetings market. "Dione's experience in fast-paced convention-based hotels and resorts will be critical as we continue to concentrate on positioning Hotel Irvine - which recently emerged from a major reinvestment program - as a destination for locals, leisure travelers and meetings guests: a modern, tech-savvy and community friendly spot with a dynamic array of personalized services."

Williams has put his considerable sales skills to work at some of the largest and busiest convention hotels and resorts in the country. In addition to a highly productive six-year tenure at Mandalay Bay - the world's largest convention hotel with over 2.1 million square feet of meeting space - he was a senior national sales manager and team leader for the luxurious Wynn/Encore Resort & Casino, also in Las Vegas. Additionally, he was the national sales manager for Venetian/Palazzo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and held the same position at Loews Santa Monica Hotel and the Hilton Anaheim.

He holds an associate of science degree from Riverside City College.

About Hotel Irvine
Hotel Irvine, a Lifestyle Hotel, is the Irvine Company's new spin on hospitality that puts the focus on the consumer. The hotel is designed to feel like a home away from home, a place where staff anticipates the needs of guests at every opportunity. Hotel Irvine's "HI" experience is personal at every touch point, with all the usual offerings found in a typical hotel, yet in an entirely new way, that is anything but typical for Orange County, California. Updated rooms offer ample space, and a refreshing sleek and modern décor combined with current technology, relevant books and magazines and updated amenities. Fresh communal spaces abound with a gastro pub inspired restaurant, a chic and modern bar and a Marketplace featuring hundreds of products reasonably priced combined with a variety of hot and cold options for those on the go.

Hotel Irvine is one of three hotels in the world-class portfolio of Irvine Company Resort Properties® including Pelican Hill Resort and Island Hotel Newport Beach. Just minutes from John Wayne Airport, Hotel Irvine features 520 guest rooms, 16 suites and the thoroughly updated and transformed collection of venues includes more than 50,000 square feet of event space with indoor and outdoor rooms, and one of the largest ballrooms in Orange County. It also features a stunning new theater, and the Backyard - a sophisticated yet relaxed outdoor event space.

A member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle CollectionTM, guests at Hotel Irvine are eligible to enroll in the iPrefer® guest loyalty program to earn points, status and special benefits upon every stay.

About the Irvine Company
The Irvine Company® is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California's premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America's most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch® in Orange County - 50,000 acres - to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as "Natural Landmarks," one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.

Hotel Irvine is located at 17900 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92614. For reservations, contact Hotel Irvine at 888-230-4452 or visit www.hotelirvine.com.

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