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CHICAGO (Aug. 6, 2013) - The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago today announced Gordon A. Taylor III has been appointed as director of sales and marketing. In this role, Taylor provides leadership, direction, and management to the sales teams of the upper-upscale hotel to achieve all sales and revenue objectives.

"Gordon's exceptional knowledge of the hospitality industry and out-of-the-box ideas make him a valuable asset to the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago," said General Manager Pierre-Louis Giacotto. "I am thrilled to have him join our team and I am confident he will help drive the hotel's continued success in years to come."           

Taylor's key responsibilities include providing sales leadership for all levels of the hotel, executing promotional programs, budget planning, developing key stakeholder relationships, driving customer satisfaction, and building segment strategies in order to drive revenue. In addition, Taylor will develop and implement marketing strategies to create discernible competitive advantages. 

Taylor brings to his new role more than 15 years of experience from hotels across the country. His most recent achievements as director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency Austin will offer the newly LEED® Silver certified property a dynamic new perspective. During his tenure in Austin, he increased volume account production by 12.5% year over year and led a sales and marketing team of seven, which represented group, business travel, and leisure segments. Prior to joining the Austin Downtown hotel, Taylor worked the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Taylor is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication.

About Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

Situated in Chicago's iconic Aqua Tower (221 North Columbus) just steps away from Millennium Park and Magnificent Mile, the award-winning Radisson Blu Aqua holds the distinction of being the first Radisson Blu hotel in North America. Built to LEED Silver certification standards, the hotel features 334 fashion-inspired guestrooms; 28,000 square feet of meeting and event space; an 80,000 square foot recreation deck and green roof; state-of-the-art fitness center; and on-site dining at the modern Italian Filini Bar & Restaurant. For reservations, visit www.radissonbluchicago.com  or call +1 (312) 565-5258. 

Contact: Ben Gardeen, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

bgardeen@carlsonrezidor.com / +1 (763) 212-8129

Contact: Janice Yu, Wagstaff Worldwide

janice@wagstaffworldwide.com / +1 (312) 943-6900

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