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HOUSTON, TX - August 21, 2013 - Niki Nanavati has joined the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston as Sales Manager.  Nanavati brings nearly a decade of experience in the luxury sector to her new role and rejoins several former co-workers at the landmark Galleria/Uptown area property, which is currently in the midst of a multi-million-dollar enhancement.

Prior to Sonesta Collection, Nanavati was employed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, serving as Group Sales Manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. In this capacity, she managed sales for both domestic and international markets, including Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.  Nanavati, who joined the property in 2008, achieved President's Club status in 2009 and Achievers status in 2011 and 2012, as well as organized and led the property's Business Development Initiative. 

Before that, Nanavati was the Senior Sales Manager for Houston's Hotel Derek, where she focused on major pharmaceutical and energy-related accounts and maintained the highest ADR within the sales team. 

From 2004 until 2007, Nanavati was a Group Sales Manager with Gemstone Hotels & Resorts.  She began with the management company at Houston's legendary Warwick Hotel and worked through the property's multi-million-dollar transition to Hotel ZaZa Houston.  During the redevelopment phase, Nanavati supported sales efforts at Hotel Orrington, a AAA Four Diamond hotel in Evanston, IL, in addition to training sales managers at Hotel ZaZa in the pre-opening phase. 

A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Nanavati began her career in 1999 with Dell Computer Corporation as an Account Manager in the Business Alliance Solutions Division.  She later served as at Marketing Analyst for DSI Toys, Inc. and a Marketing Manager for Capital 4, a Houston-based telecommunications company. 

The 485-room Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston is a AAA approved Four Diamond full service hotel located in the heart of the Galleria area, an upscale business, shopping, dining and entertainment district in Uptown.  The modern, 23-story property offers 50,000 square feet of function space, several dining options, a swimming pool and 24-hour health club.  Steps away from The Galleria mall and Post Oak Boulevard, it is also situated in close proximity to downtown, Highland Village, Memorial Park, Greenway Plaza, the museum and theater districts and Texas Medical Center.  Reservations are available by calling 617.315.9100; toll free at 800.SONESTA or online at www.Sonesta.com.

About Sonesta

Sonesta Collection is a distinctive international collection of upscale hotels, resorts, cruise ships and extended stay hotels. Every property reflects the energy, style and spirit of its location. Locally inspired and artfully presented cuisine, luxurious accommodations and passionate personal service create an authentic and memorable guest experience. Discover Sonesta Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Hilton Head Island, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Sint Maarten (2), Chile (3), Colombia (4), Ecuador, Panama, Peru (7), and Egypt (13). Sonesta Hotels & Resorts are opening soon in Bee Cave (Austin), TX. Sonesta ES Suites is an all-suite extended stay hotel brand managed by Sonesta. Each property features rooms with a dynamic work area designed for today's traveler, locally inspired food and beverage and flexible common space for connecting with others. You will find Sonesta ES Suites in Andover MA, Atlanta GA, Auburn Hills MI, Burlington MA, Charlotte NC, Columbia MD, Dublin OH, Flagstaff AZ, Houston TX, Malvern PA; Myrtle Beach SC, Orlando FL, Parsippany NJ, Princeton NJ; St. Louis MO, Schaumburg IL; and Somerset NJ. Visit Sonesta.com or call 617.315.9100 or 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.

Contact: Stuart Rosenberg, Studio Communications

713.524.2800

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