Kelly Dunst on 04 12, 2011
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the appointment of Jurgen Schafers as general manager and James Moss as director of sales and marketing of the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, a luxury hotel under construction in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., scheduled to open in October 2011.
Schafers, who brings nearly 25 years of hospitality management experience to his new role, is responsible for directing the hotel’s pre-opening efforts and day-to-day oversight and management of the hotel staff, operations, guest accommodations, spa, food and beverage outlets, sales and marketing.
In his new position, Moss, who has over 20 years of on-property hotel sales and marketing experience, is responsible for the development of sales and marketing strategies to help drive business to the property, as well as the management of the hotel’s sales and marketing staff.
“We are thrilled to welcome high-caliber professionals like Jurgen and Jim to our team to lead the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek as we prepare for the hotel’s opening in this key market,” said Jeff Wagoner, president of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. “Jurgen’s operations track record, extensive management experience and great familiarity with the area coupled with Jim’s sales expertise and first-rate resort marketing knowledge will help ensure the property’s success as a leading luxury hotel for travelers visiting Orlando.”
Prior to joining Wyndham, Schafers served as general manager of the 750-room, AAA Four Diamond-rated Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Previously, he oversaw hotel operations at the 2,267-room Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin as complex hotel manager. He has also worked in management and operations roles at Westin properties in Atlanta, Ga., and Tampa Bay, Fla.
From 2008 to 2010, Schafers was Vice Chairman of the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, the largest regional hospitality association in the country. He began his career in 1986 with Hilton Hotels Corporation, where he held various on-property food and beverage management positions and trained under Hilton’s Progressive Development Program. Schafers earned his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Moss previously served as director of sales and marketing at the luxury, 306-room Conrad Miami. He began his career at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., and has held sales and marketing roles at both independent and branded properties across the United States and the Caribbean, including St. Lucia, Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia and California. He attended Western Kentucky University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in hotel and restaurant management.
The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, located inside the Walt Disney World® Resort gates, will boast 400 rooms and suites, 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, four food and beverage outlets, pool, 18-hole championship golf course and Blue Harmony™ spa upon its completion. It will join the prestigious Wyndham Grand® Collection, an ensemble of distinguished hotels within the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand that represent one-of-a-kind experiences in key destinations with refined accommodations, attentive service and relaxed surroundings. The hotel will be managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, China and the Caribbean. All Wyndham® hotels are either franchised by the company or managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., one of its affiliates or through a joint-venture partner. Additional information and reservations for all Wyndham hotels are available by calling (800) WYNDHAM – (800) 996-3426 – or visiting www.wyndham.com.