Marriott International reinforces its presence in Central America with the appointment of Dennis Whitelaw as both the Country Manager responsible for all managed properties in Costa Rica and General Manager for Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose. Dennis is an award-winning leader with more than 32 years of hospitality experience with Marriott International.
“Dennis’ past and present successes with our brand and his strength in connecting travelers to new destinations will heighten the brand’s presence in Central America, further establishing us among Costa Rica’s most celebrated accommodations” said Kevin Schwab, area vice president for Caribbean and Latin America Marriott Hotels.
In his role as Country Manager, Dennis oversees Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Courtyard San Jose Airport Alajuela, Courtyard San Jose Escazu and Residence Inn San Jose Escazu. His responsibilities encompass but are not limited to managing strategic marketing efforts, sustaining sales and property operations, and coordinating human resource activities. Additionally, Dennis will serve as the General Manager for both Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose and Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort.
Marriott International has commissioned Dennis’ expertise for more than 32 years, most recently with positions held south of the U.S. border such as General Manager of Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa; General Manager of Marriott Guatemala City, Guatemala; and Director of Sales and Marketing for Marriott International, Mexico D.F. Despite his flurry of international experience, Dennis’ roots in Marriott International began at domestic properties throughout Georgia, New Jersey, and Florida.
Dennis’ achievements range from being elected the City Council of Puerto Vallarta’s Tourism Leader of the Year to serving as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Guatemala. Through his past commitment to establish Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa as the destination’s most celebrated resort, Dennis claimed a variety of accolades for the property including Trip Advisor’s “Best Luxury” property in Puerto Vallarta, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel “World’s Best Values” and Condé Nast Traveler’s “World Best 100 hotels” among others.
About Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose
Just 15 minutes from downtown San Jose, Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose is a colonial hacienda set on a 30-acre coffee plantation. Voted by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the best hotels in Central America and Mexico, the hotel is perfect for nearby Costa Rican ecotourism attractions such as the Poas Volcano, rainforest excursions, and canopy adventures. Guests staying in one of the 299 guest rooms can swim in the property’s two outdoor pools or experience the Kuö Spa which features uncommon treatments using ingredients to the likes of local coffee and volcanic ash.
About Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
Set on a 1,100-acre rainforest, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort overlooks the Pacific Ocean adjacent to Herradura Beach. The Spanish colonial-style property offers up 201 guest rooms and suites, frequently recognized as a top resort with accolades to the likes of Condè Nast Traveler’s Top Resort in Central and South America, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards and the World Travel Awards’ Leading Golf Resort in Costa Rica. The resort’s prime location amidst the beach and the rainforest embraces a variety of adventurous activities from zip lining to horseback riding in addition to canopy tours and deep sea fishing. On-site, guests can indulge in the Ted Robinson championship golf course, six unique dining venues, and a network of pools complete with canals, bridges, islands and swim-up bars.
Marriott International, Inc. is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, MOXY Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. There are approximately 325,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties. Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.