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The Chase Park Plaza, a Royal Sonesta Hotel Names Frederik Houben as Director of Sales and Marketing

ST. LOUIS, MO. October 4, 2017 – The Chase Park Plaza, a Royal Sonesta Hotel, has named Frederik Houben as Director of Sales and Marketing of the award-winning property.

An experienced industry professional, Houben joins the St. Louis location from his recent position as the Director of Sales and Marketing of The Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

In his new role, Houben will be responsible for the successful execution of the sales, catering and marketing teams as well as serve on the hotel’s Executive Committee. Over the course of his 20-year career, Houben has led the success of several distinctive properties throughout North America and the Bahamas. Adding to his international experience, he also lived in Brazil for ten years. “Frederik’s global experience and proven capabilities in sales and marketing are an ideal fit for our property,” said General Manager, David Kohlasch “We look forward to welcoming him to the leadership team where he will work on growing sales with a relentless focus on upholding our commitment to excellence.”

Houben is a career hospitality professional whose prior experience includes both full and limited-service hotels with industry leaders including Warwick International Hotels, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Intercontinental Hotels Group and other independent hotels. Houben was born in Germany and is fluent in several languages.

Built in 1922, The Chase Park Plaza boasts the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and features over 338 guest rooms and suites, a full-service spa, an 18,000 square foot fitness center, multiple dining and entertainment options, an outdoor Mediterranean-style swimming pool, and more than 65,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The property overlooks Forest Park, named in 2016 by USA Today as the #1 most beautiful city park in the United States.

Sonesta is a growing, global hospitality brand with more than 60 properties in 7 countries, centered on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. With a portfolio of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests, there is no typical Sonesta. With a full range of exceptional experiences found in many of the most memorable destinations in the world, Sonesta proudly exceeds guest's expectations time and time again.

Discover Royal Sonesta and Sonesta Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hilton Head Island, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis, St. Maarten (3), Chile (2), Colombia (5), Ecuador, Peru (5), and Egypt (6 + 3 cruise ships). Sonesta ES Suites is an extended stay hotel brand managed by Sonesta found in 27 locations near Boston, Atlanta, Baltimore, Burlington, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Detroit, Flagstaff, Houston, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Parsippany, Princeton, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Tucson. For more about Sonesta, visit or call +1.617.315.9200 or 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.

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