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Destination Irvine Recognizes Hotel Employee as part of the Spirit of Hospitality Award

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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Maria Sanchez, housekeeping supervisor, Embassy Suites, is the second quarter recipient of Destination Irvine’s hospitality employee recognition program. Maria was nominated by Ken Beck, director of sales, Embassy Suites, because she was awarded the hotel’s 2018 Associate of the Year and she is the hotel's MVP in the housekeeping department.  Maria is always willing to go above and beyond, helping with all associates, while, personally handling the hotel’s VIP requests.

Maria Sanchez, housekeeping supervisor, Embassy Suites

The Spirit of Hospitality Award recognizes back of house and front of house hospitality professionals who deliver exceptional experiences daily. Winners in this category are those who exhibit exemplary behavior in workplace knowledge, customer service, problem-solving, relationship building and creating a warm welcome for visitors. The award recognizes individuals who have made an impact on our destination and their hotel, from financial to implementing new ideas to earning awards.  Recognizes “random acts as ambassadors” where professionals have been noted for going above and beyond their regular role to create memorable Visit Destination Irvine experiences.

How the program works: Every quarter, Irvine hotels share the name of the winner from their property’s employee recognition program. Then, Destination Irvine randomly selects a winner from the names submitted by the hoteliers. The winner receives a $100.00 gift card to an Irvine restaurant of their choice. Congratulations to Maria!

Maria is now eligible for the new Spirt of Hospitality Award. At the end of the fiscal year, the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce committee will evaluate and review all nominations and select a winner for the Spirit of Irvine Hospitality Award to be presented at the 2019 Celebrate Irvine event on June 28.

For more information about the program, contact Wendy Haase, senior director of Destination Irvine.


Category: Destination Irvine, Chamber News

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