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KSL Resorts and Outrigger Hospitality Group Launch Inaugural MICE Advisory Council


Back: John Rovie (Director of Sales and Marketing, Sheraton San Diego), Chris DeVito (Global Sales Director, West Coast, KSL), Chris Riccardi (SVP Global Sales, Outrigger Hospitality Group) and Edgardo Barrantes (VP Global Accounts, HPN Global) Front: Robyn Mietkiewicz (Strategic Partner, Innov8 Meetings + Events), Zabrina Hazeltine (Hamilton Group Meeting Planners), Kristie Goshow (Chief Commercial Officer, KSL), Mary (Ranone) King (Senior Director, Meetings & Incentives, Cadence) and Scott Sentonaris (President, Site Selection Services)

SAN DIEGO, CALIF – KSL Resorts and Outrigger Hotels and Resorts launched their inaugural MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) Advisory Council meeting at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, a KSL property, on January 13th.

The joint council includes industry leaders and select meeting planners from the Southern California area with the mission to bring professionals together to foster connection, share market and trade insights, promote new ideas and grow this key segment of the hospitality industry. Members are John Botticella (VP Global Accounts, Conference Direct), Robyn Mietkiewicz (Strategic Partner, Innov8 Meetings + Events), Mary (Ranone) King (Senior Director, Meetings & Incentives, Cadence), Scott Sentonaris (President, Site Selection Services), Carmela Jensen (VP of Meetings & Incentives, Luxe Travel Management), Jennifer Settle (Managing Director, Helmsbriscoe), Zabrina Hazeltine (President, Hamilton Group Meeting Planners), Liz Bernstein (Senior Travel Buyer, Opus Agency), Matt Kisser (Executive Director, JNR Inc.) and Edgardo Barrantes (VP Global Accounts, HPN Global).

Initial meeting insights shared by meeting planners centered on best practices to relaunch hotels to the market after a major transformation.

“We selected this diverse group of planners because of their industry knowledge and deep understanding of the destinations that both Outrigger and KSL Resorts serve,” said Chris Riccardi, SVP, global sales for Outrigger. “Being in the business of in-person meetings, we focused on planners from a key geographic area to enable our advisory council meetings to be face-to-face in person rather than on a Zoom screen.”

Looking ahead, the Council’s May meeting will be at KSL’s Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach and September’s in Hawai‘i, headquarters of Outrigger Hospitality Group, to showcase the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort after its $80 million transformation, as well as the recently purchased Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa.

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