1 October 2003

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New management at the Westin Dragonara

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has announced the promotion of Renzo Correzzola, currently General Manager of the Westin Dragonara Resort, to the position of Director of Six Sigma and Master Black Belt for the Italy and Malta Region.
In his new role as Master Black Belt, Mr Correzzola will be responsible for accomplishing innovative business process and improvements for the Italy and Malta region, resulting in measurable Financial and/or Customer Loyalty gains for Starwood. Mr. Correzzola will take up the new position as from 1 October and will be based at the Starwood and Ciga Hotels regional Headquarters in Rome reporting directly to Stephen Alden.
Taking over from Renzo Correzzola is Hans Cauchi, the first Maltese national to be appointed as General Manager at the Westin Dragonara. Hans Cauchi is 38 years old and has matured over 20 years of local and international hotel experience. Mr Cauchi most recently spent the past three years in Lisbon, Portugal, with responsibilities for a number of properties located within the Iberian Peninsula for an International Hotel Chain. Mr Cauchi has also held a number of senior management roles within Sales and Marketing, Food and Beverage and also Rooms Division within a number of prestigious properties in Malta.
Another new member of the Executive Team shall be Michael Camilleri Kamsky, who shall take the position of Director of Sales and Marketing as from 1 October. The Sales and Marketing responsibilities for the Westin were previously managed by Ian Ciappara in his capacity as Area Director of Sales of Marketing for Costa Smeralda and Malta and was located at the Starwood Regional offices in Porto Cervo, Sardegna. Mr Ciappara has since been promoted to Director of Event Marketing for Italy and Malta and is now stationed at the Starwood and Ciga regional Headquarters in Rome. Mr Camilleri Kamsky with over 28 years of experience within various sectors of the industry is highly qualified to take on the challenges of such a position.
"We have sought to tap one of the most highly qualified and experienced management teams the industry has to offer. We are committed to the destination and to Peninsula Investments, the owning company of the Westin Dragonara, to continue to grow the Hotel’s market share both domestically and within it’s more international competitive set. Over the past four years under Mr. Correzzola’s leadership, The Westin Dragonara Malta management team has worked together and competed very successfully in a dynamic & extremely challenging environment" commented Stephen Alden Vice President, Director of Operations for Italy and Malta for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
"One must keep in mind that there exist very few places in the Mediterranean where the five star bed stock increased so rapidly over such a short period of time, and managing a hotel of the proportions of The Westin Dragonara in this environment is a challenge that the Hotel’s Executive Team has been dealing with very effectively." Continued Stephen Alden. "The combination of Hans Cauchi’s international outlook, together with a clear understanding of the Maltese culture, is, we feel, the right formula to take The Westin Dragonara to the next stage in the Hotel’s progression while Michael Camilleri Kamsky’s wealth of experience and knowledge of the tourism industry in general shall be an asset to the already strong and dynamic sales team at The Westin, currently headed by John Dandria, Director of Sales".
The Westin Dragonara resort is in its sixth year of operation and employs over 300 full time employees and an additional 100 part timers during the high season summer months. It plays a leading role within Malta’s tourism industry and has been on the forefront as regards to promoting Malta as a five star destination.

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