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Mr. Quinones

Eliezer Quinones

General Manager, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

Eliezer Quiñones is the general manager of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, part of Auberge Resorts collection of award-winning luxury hotels and world class spas.

Mr. Quiñones has already built an impressive reputation throughout his career as an elite hotelier and has been an integral part of the leadership teams of various globally recognized hotel groups and resorts. Adding to his talents, Eliezer Quiñones was once a professional baseball player! Alongside a healthy serving of charisma, as General Manager he brings over 20 years of hotel management experience to this leadership role and 18 years of experience of opening luxury properties in both North and South America.

Mr. Quiñones passion for hospitality began right after his professional baseball career in the minor's league where he had the opportunity to play baseball for four years with the Cincinnati Reds organization. He describes his transition from baseball to the Hotel Business: "I used to work out along the beach in Isla Verde Puerto Rico during the off season. I was always fascinated with the beauty of the hotel along the coast as I was able to admire while I was running on the beach. I always used to say to myself, if I ever stop playing baseball, maybe I would enjoy working at a hotel as much as I love playing baseball". Immediately after his baseball career, he pursued opportunities in the hotel business and, as his successful career indicates, he has never looked back.

Most recently, Mr. Quiñones was working for Tafer Resorts, where he managed two spectacular luxury hotels as the General Manager: Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Spa and Hotel Mousai.

Prior to this experience, Mr. Quiñones worked for Capella Hotels and Resort where he managed luxury hotels in Zihuatanejo and Los Cabos, Mexico, playing a significant role in the pre-opening and launch of the chain's first residential hotel project in Mexico. Before working in Mexico he was Rooms Executive at Carefree Resorts and Villas in Arizona, and Director of Operations in Arkansas Peabody Little Rock. He also spent six years with the Ritz-Carlton Company where he rose through the ranks very quickly taking positions in Las Vegas, St Thomas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Cancun.

Mr. Quiñones graduated from Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana) in 1989 with a Bachelor degree of Arts, Communications.

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Mr. Quinones can be contacted at 844-207-9354 or eliezer.quinones@aubergeresorts.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.