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PALM BEACH, ARUBA (January 27, 2015) - Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino today announced the appointment of Joel Bunde as the new General Manager of Aruba's premier beachfront property. A more than 20-year veteran of the Hyatt hospitality family, Bunde brings a wealth of experience, expertise and passion for the hotel brand to Hyatt Regency Aruba. 

In his new role as General Manager, Bunde will oversee all aspects of the resort's operations, including food and beverage, staff management, recruitment and development, amongst other daily operational tasks. With over 20 years of management experience, Bunde will guide Hyatt Regency Aruba's current initiatives while working to implement additional strategies that will keep the resort at the forefront of innovation and continue its legacy as being the top destination on the island. 

Before joining Hyatt Regency Aruba, Bunde worked for a number of Hyatt properties, serving as General Manager at the Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa and as Executive Assistant Manager at hotel's including the Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort Spa & Marina, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort Spa & Marina, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, and the Park Hyatt Carmel. 

"I am delighted to be back in the Caribbean, continuing my work with a brand that I have long respected and admired," said Joel Bunde. "I look forward to utilizing the Hyatt brand knowledge I have acquired to further develop the hotel's reputation as Aruba's leading beachfront resort."

Bunde received his Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. 

For more information about the Hyatt Regency Aruba, call 1-800-55-HYATT or visit www.aruba.hyatt.com.

About Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino

Located on 12 acres of magnificent beachfront property on Aruba's world-renowned Palm Beach, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino is a year-round resort with a reputation for refined hospitality. Its 357 sumptuous guestrooms and suites include plasma televisions, roomy bathrooms and Hyatt's signature Grand Bed.  The hotel delivers a sense of authentic island chic with an emphasis on unique architecture that includes an open-air lobby, natural stone floors and colorful Caribbean accents. Recreational facilities are abundant and include a 3-level pool complex, a new ZoiA Spa with fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, a private beach, Camp Hyatt for kids and the Hyatt Regency Casino. On-site dining includes Mexicado, Ruinas del Mar restaurant, and the Palms Bar & Grill. Nine meeting rooms and extensive outdoor areas are ideal for catered special events. The resort is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Queen Beatrix International Airport.  For more information, call 1-800-55-HYATT or visit www.aruba.hyatt.com.

Contact: Geraldine Coutinho-Meyers - Hyatt Regency Aruba

geraldine.coutinho@hyatt.com / 297.523.4539

Contact: Jaclyn Boschetti or Hannah Nelson - Nancy J. Friedman

Jaclyn@njfpr.com or Hannah@njfpr.com / 212.228.1500

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