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WILD DUNES® RESORT’S KRISTIE SANTORA HONORED WITH PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FROM CHARLESTON REGIONAL BUSINESS JOURNAL

Santora Named Among Charleston’s “Top 40 Under 40”

In her role at Wild Dunes Resort, Santora oversees the revenue and reservations teams, which are responsible for all leisure sales, more than half of the resort’s annual income, including the reservations and revenue managers and 12 reservations sales agents.  In addition to her responsibilities at Wild Dunes Resort, Santora also manages reservations and revenue optimization regionally for southeastern properties within the Destination Hotels & Resorts portfolio.  She continually discovers new ways to fully optimize opportunities to increase revenue including acquiring new guests for the Resort and maximizing ancillary revenue on property. 

During her last six years at Wild Dunes Resort, Santora has led the revenue team during one of the most difficult economies in recent times while keeping them motivated and successful. She partnered with the Resort’s real estate development and property management teams to set goals and implement the successful development and launch of The Village at Wild Dunes – a $200 million addition to the Resort that includes 115 condominiums, a retail village and full service day spa.

Through Santora’s leadership, Wild Dunes Resort also received the coveted 2006 Remington Award for the highest RevPAR (revenue per available room) in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, the single best industry measure of how a property is performing in both its ability to fill rooms and rates it is able to charge.

In addition to her responsibilities at Wild Dunes Resort, Santora – a 2006 Leadership Charleston graduate – actively contributes to local and professional communities. She serves as the PTA President of Goodwin Elementary in North Charleston, is a representative for the Hospitality Leadership Development Institute with the College of Charleston and has served as a corporate sponsor co-chair for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.   Santora is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the Club Managers Association of American (CMAA) and is a Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Certified Management Executive.

About Wild Dunes Resort 

Wild Dunes Resort (Facebook, twitter) is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company, headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo., features a portfolio of more than 7,000 guest rooms, 10 golf courses and 11 full-service spas.

Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Houston, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Maui and Lake Tahoe. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit destinationhotels.com.

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Media Contact:

Ivie Parker
Wild Dunes Resort
843.886.2032
iparker@wilddunes.com

 

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