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Island Hotel Newport Beach Names Bob Arrivillaga as New Director of Sales and Marketing

NEWPORT BEACH, CA. April 19, 2017 - Island Hotel Newport Beach – the luxury coastal hotel which recently emerged from a top-to-bottom transformation of all guest rooms, meeting spaces and public areas – announced Bob Arrivillaga as its new director of sales and marketing.

In his new position, Arrivillaga directs all sales and marketing activities for the 295-room luxury hotel – located in the heart of Orange County’s elite Newport Center and a hub for meetings, product launches, fashion shows and social galas – developing and overseeing group, business and leisure sales and marketing initiatives.

Arrivillaga’s appointment comes on the heels of Island Hotel’s multifaceted renovation, which introduced high tech touches and a colorful, contemporary aesthetic. “Our recently completed transformation includes newly redecorated guestrooms, suites, meeting spaces and updated technological conveniences as well as a new restaurant and lounge. We are thrilled to have Bob on board as we take Island Hotel to even higher levels of excellence,” said General Manager Gerard Widder, who also noted group sales will be an important aspect of Arrivillaga’s new job. “Our hotel boasts newly updated, high tech meeting spaces – such as the Cabana and Balboa rooms – as well as Newport Beach’s largest ballroom,” he said. “Bob’s expertise and talent will be invaluable, as we endeavor to reinforce Island Hotel’s position as the region’s top destination for both business and leisure travelers.”

With a strong background in group sales and marketing, Arrivillaga was most recently with the acclaimed Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, where he worked as associate director of group sales. Previously, his focus was in Southern California, where he served in various sales positions for St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa, Dana Point; Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego; KSL Resorts Inc.; and The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

A resident of Laguna Beach, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from the University of Utah.

About Island Hotel Newport Beach

Situated in Newport Center, the heart of Newport Beach and coastal Orange County, Island Hotel Newport Beach is a luxury coastal hotel offering breathtaking ocean, harbor and city views. Island Hotel features 295 guestrooms and suites, more than 23,000 square feet of event space, the largest ballroom in Newport Beach, a spa, fitness center and resort-style pool. Located just steps away from Fashion Island®, Orange County’s premier outdoor coastal shopping and entertainment destination, Island Hotel is the social center of Newport Beach, one of California’s most desirable beach cities located about 45 minutes south of Los Angeles. A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX™ Collection, guests at Island Hotel are eligible to enroll in the iPrefer® guest loyalty program to earn points, status and special benefits upon every stay. The Irvine Company Resort Properties® owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Island Hotel Newport Beach, the portfolio known as the Coastal Collection includes Pelican Hill Resort, a Forbes Five-Star resort; Hotel Irvine, a lifestyle hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and California Recreation Company®, which operates the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California. For reservations and more information, please contact Island Hotel Newport Beach, toll-free, at 866.554.4620; or visit the website at www.IslandHotel.com.

Contact:
Marguarite Clark
mc@mclarkpr.com
(949) 295-2801

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