Appointments & Promotions

Edward Dennis Pearse Named General Manager of The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

NEW ORLEANS, LA. July 20, 2017 – The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is excited to announce the appointment of Edward Dennis Pearse to general manager. In his new role, Pearse will oversee the operations of one of New Orleans’ most beloved hotels, focusing his endeavors on the property’s rich history, modern luxury and extraordinary tradition of hospitality.

Pearse developed a love of luxury hotels in his previous position, leading the team at the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans. His commitment to hospitality and Hilton was fostered through various management positions in housekeeping, front office, food and beverage and room operations at many classic upscale New Orleans hotels.

“I love New Orleans and its culture,” said Pearse. “The Roosevelt New Orleans has been a significant landmark for people to come enjoy everything the Crescent City has to offer. This new position is a great honor and I’m excited to be a part of such an outstanding team.”

As a native New Orleanian, Pearse began his career as a training manager at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans in 1994 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Tulane University and a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University.

Pearse’s passion for the New Orleans community does not stop with his career. He serves as Treasurer and is an executive board member of the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association, serves on the board of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, and French Quarter Festivals Inc., and is a commissioner on the French Quarter Management District.

His commitment to hard work and dedication to his family and career has won him several accolades and awards, including the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 Father of the Year Award, 2010 Homewood Suites General Manager of the Year, 2007 Homewood Suites General Manager of the Year Merit, 2007 Dimension Development Company General Manager of the Year and Hotel of the Year.

The Roosevelt New Orleans is pleased to have him join their extraordinary team.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 25 iconic properties in the world’s most sought after destinations. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

Dominique Ellis

Coming Up In The September Online Hotel Business Review

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Hotel Group Meetings: Blue Skies Ahead
After a decade of sacrifice and struggle, it seems that hotels and meeting planners have every reason to be optimistic about the group meeting business going forward. By every industry benchmark and measure, 2017 is shaping up to be a record year, which means more meetings in more locations for more attendees. And though no one in the industry is complaining about this rosy outlook, the strong demand is increasing competition among meeting planners across the board – for the most desirable locations, for the best hotels, for the most creative experiences, for the most talented chefs, and for the best technology available. Because of this robust demand, hotels are in the driver’s seat and they are flexing their collective muscles. Even though over 100,000 new rooms were added last year, hotel rates are expected to rise by a minimum of 4.0%, and they are also charging fees on amenities that were often gratis in the past. In addition, hotels are offering shorter lead times on booking commitments, forcing planners to sign contracts earlier than in past years. Planners are having to work more quickly and to commit farther in advance to secure key properties. Planners are also having to meet increased attendee expectations. They no longer are content with a trade show and a few dinners; they want an experience. Planners need to find ways to create a meaningful experience to ensure that attendees walk away with an impactful memory. This kind of experiential learning can generate a deeper emotional connection, which can ultimately result in increased brand recognition, client retention, and incremental sales. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group business and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.