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Benchmark Hospitality Appoints William Courtney Lowe
Director of Sales & Marketing for Bedford Springs Resort
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, February 2008 - Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed William Courtney Lowe (Courtney) as director of sales & marketing for Bedford Springs Resort, the landmark property located in Bedford, Pennsylvania and dating to 1796.  Rikki Boparai, general manager for Benchmark Hospitality at the resort, made the announcement.   Bedford Springs Resort reopened in July 2007 following a $120 million restoration and expansion.  
 
"I am very pleased to welcome Courtney to our property," said Mr. Boparai.  "He brings a solid background in sales and marketing at signature resorts to his new role as well as important customer contacts throughout the eastern United States."
 
Courtney Lowe's hospitality sales and marketing career spans nearly two decades.  Most recently he held the position of acting general manager for the prestigious Equinox Resort & Spa located in Manchester Village, Vermont.  He had previously held the position of director of sales & marketing for the landmark property.   
 
Mr. Lowe has served as director of sales & marketing at The Boar's Head Inn & Resort in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He has also worked for Corcoran Jennison as a regional sales executive, responsible for the Ocean Edge Resort of Brewster, Massachusetts, the stately and historic Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Hawk Mountain Resort near Killington, Vermont.  
 
Courtney Lowe is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where he earned a Bachelors degree in Economics with a Management concentration.  He is active in a number of professional organizations, and has served on the board of directors of the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association of Virginia, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the New England Inns & Resorts Association, and the Vermont Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Mr. Lowe and his family are relocating to the Bedford area.
 
About Bedford Springs Resort 

The historic Bedford Springs Resort, which dates to 1796, reopened in July 2007 following a comprehensive renovation and expansion program to creating a 216-guestroom Four Star-quality destination resort. 
 
The National Historic Landmark resort has hosted such distinguished guests as Daniel Webster, Aaron Burr and seven US Presidents, including James K. Polk, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Ronald Reagan (while Governor) and James Buchanan, who used Bedford Springs as his Summer White House. In 1858, in the Grand Lobby, President Buchanan received the first TransAtlantic cable from England's Queen Victoria. 
 
A classic springs resort with many of the original buildings and architectural elements still in place, the restored and expanded Bedford Springs Resort features six restaurants, including the Crystal Dining Room, the Frontier Tavern, the 1796 Room, Che Sara Sara Cafe, the Turtle Shell, as well as over 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space with pre-function areas to accommodate a wide variety of groups.  The property also features a restored 1905 swimming pool and solarium - one of the first in America, and the new Springs Eternal Spa complex, which totals 30,000 square feet and has a full range of treatments designed around the seven unique springs that are part of the property and the history of the resort. There is also a fitness area and a full service salon.
 
Outdoor amenities include the restoration of the A.W.Tillinghast (1912) / Donald Ross (1923) 18-hole golf course and a new pro shop.  Ross, widely considered the father of American golf architecture, re-designed the Tillinghast course and added his signature features, such as small greens, serpentine bunkers, doughnut bunkers, false fronts on greens and more.  Also, the resort offers an outdoor pool, sun decks, a snack bar, 25 miles of hiking trails, 265 miles of rural mountain biking trails traversing the 2,200 acres of natural wooded landscape, and the Resort Rascals children's program.

Additional activities and amenities are an historic outdoor wedding grotto, spa garden, an outdoor pavilion on Red Oak Lake, fly fishing streams, river rafting, carriage rides and day excursions and cross country skiing in season.

Situated on 2,200 acres just outside the charming borough of Bedford in south central, Pennsylvania, the Bedford Springs Resort is located on Highway 220, three miles south of Exit 146 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  Close to the intersection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 70, the resort is a convenient two-hour drive from Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Pittsburgh, and two and one half hours from Philadelphia and four hours from New York City.  To learn more about Bedford Springs Resort, visit www.bedfordspringsresort.com.  The property is owned by Bedford Resort Partners, Ltd.  Benchmark Hospitality International operates the resort.
 
Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers, hotels and condominium resorts both domestically and internationally.  For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at www.benchmarkhospitality.com.  

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Contact:

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com
                                
 

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Also See: Benchmark Appoints Rikki Boparai General Manager for the Historic Bedford Springs Resort / June 2006
Historic 1923 Donald Ross Course at Landmark Bedford Springs Resort Under Restoration; Includes Vintage Holes by Oldham, 1895; Tillinghast, 1912; Ross, 1923 / August 2006
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