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New Executive Appointments at Mexico's Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Nayarit, Cabo

Andreas Schmidt Named Managing Director in Los Cabos, Pilar Perciavalle Now Helms Riviera Nayarit

EDUARDO VELA RUIZ, MX. September 26, 2017 - founder and president of Mexico’s “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Velas Resorts announces Andreas Schmidt and Maria Del Pilar Perciavalle have been named Managing Director of the Grand Velas Los Cabos and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit resorts, respectively. In Mr. Schmidt’s new position, he is responsible for the new 304-suite resort’s next generation of all-inclusive amenities and facilities including a selection of gourmet specialty restaurants led by top chefs, including two star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte; world class Se Spa; staff ratio of 3 to 1; exceptional meeting facilities, and commitment to the environment. Grand Velas Los Cabos is the newest resort of Mexico’s Velas Resorts with over 25 years of tradition in hospitality. Ms. Perciavalle now helms the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit with 267 ocean-view suites; five restaurants of which three, serving French, Italian and Mexican gourmet cuisine, have received AAA Four Diamond awards for distinguished cuisine and presentation; Se Spa that offers 20 treatment suites, more than 30 spa treatments, many inspired by the native traditions of Mexico and a signature water journey; and more. The appointments are effective immediately.

Andreas Schmidt has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Most recently, he acted as Brand and Quality Director at Karisma Hotels & Resorts with properties throughout Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico. Prior to, he held the management positions at the top-rated Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun, Intercontinental and Hilton International. Mr. Schmidt has completed Professional Development Programs (PDP) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Of German nationality, he speaks German, English and Spanish.

Maria Del Pilar Perciavalle has spent nearly 18 years in the hospitality industry within Iberostar resorts in Cuba, Argentina, Jamaica and various destinations in Mexico. She received a degree in Hotel Management from Mar del Plata College in Argentina and speaks English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

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About Velas Resorts:

Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos have earned more than 43 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso’s “Best Spa,” Condé Nast Johansens’ “Most Excellent Resort” and “Most Excellent Spa Hotel” and the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences’ 5 Star Diamond Award. Properties include Casa Velas, a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta, a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay, both in Puerto Vallarta; the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering the most sophisticated, ultra luxury all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. The new Grand Velas Los Cabos on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula offers the next generation of all-inclusive amenities and facilities with dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort. Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, spas, a unique culinary experience at a selection of restaurants, 24-hour in suite service, fitness centers, personal concierge service, state of the art conference centers, extensive family programs, fully stocked mini bar and more. Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts operate Velas Resorts with brother Juan Vela by his side, vice president of Velas Resorts. For more information on Velas Resorts, please call 1-888-407-4869, email or visit

Coming Up In The November Online Hotel Business Review

Feature Focus
Architecture & Design: Authentic, Interactive and Immersive
If there is one dominant trend in the field of hotel architecture and design, it’s that travelers are demanding authentic, immersive and interactive experiences. This is especially true for Millennials but Baby Boomers are seeking out meaningful experiences as well. As a result, the development of immersive travel experiences - winery resorts, culinary resorts, resorts geared toward specific sports enthusiasts - will continue to expand. Another kind of immersive experience is an urban resort – one that provides all the elements you'd expect in a luxury resort, but urbanized. The urban resort hotel is designed as a staging area where the city itself provides all the amenities, and the hotel functions as a kind of sophisticated concierge service. Another trend is a re-thinking of the hotel lobby, which has evolved into an active social hub with flexible spaces for work and play, featuring cafe?s, bars, libraries, computer stations, game rooms, and more. The goal is to make this area as interactive as possible and to bring people together, making the space less of a traditional hotel lobby and more of a contemporary gathering place. This emphasis on the lobby has also had an associated effect on the size of hotel rooms – they are getting smaller. Since most activities are designed to take place in the lobby, there is less time spent in rooms which justifies their smaller design. Finally, the wellness and ecology movements are also having a major impact on design. The industry is actively adopting standards so that new structures are not only environmentally sustainable, but also promote optimum health and well- being for the travelers who will inhabit them. These are a few of the current trends in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.