The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Appoints Guillaume Benezech as Hotel Manager

USA, Naples, Florida. July 10, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, one of the finest luxury golf resorts in Florida, has appointed Guillaume Benezech to Hotel Manager. Joining the resort with over seven years within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Benezech is dedicated to leading the operations of the luxury property, while working in tandem with Edward V. Staros, Vice President and Managing Director of The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples.

With over thirteen years of experience in the hospitality industry, Benezech has held several management positions within The Ritz-Carlton portfolio including General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Geneva, Switzerland, where he oversaw the rebranding and renovation of the iconic hotel, along with serving as Hotel Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Montreal, Canada through the luxury hotel's opening. Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton family, Benezech managed the Food & Beverage operations at the Mandarin Oriental Geneva, Switzerland, Four Seasons Hotel Miami, Florida, as well as Régent Cruises.

In his new role, Benezech will oversee all hotel operations for The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, including day-to-day management of the hotel's Ladies & Gentlemen, guest services, and marketing initiatives for the leisure market. Formerly managing city properties, this new venture is an exciting change for Benezech as he moves into managing the expansive resort that is comprised of 295 luxury guestrooms and suites, a variety of culinary experiences including Mezzo, Lemonía, and Bella Vista Lounge, meetings and weddings facilities, as well as guest experiences at Tiburón Golf Club's two championship courses.

Benezech received his education from The Lausanne Hotel School where he graduated in 2003 with a diploma in Corporate Economics and a Bachelor of Economic Science in International Hospitality Management.

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