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Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino Appoints Carlos Cabrera New General Manager

PALM BEACH, AW. November 14, 2017 – Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino is pleased to announce the appointment of Carlos Cabrera as Area Vice President and General Manager of Aruba’s premier beachfront property. A seasoned veteran of the Hyatt hospitality family, Carlos brings over 40 years of experience, expertise, and passion to the resort.

In his new role, Carlos will oversee all aspects of the resort’s operations, including food and beverage, staff management, recruitment, and development, amongst other daily operational tasks. A talented leader with an excellent track record of significant improvement in profits, market penetration, customer satisfaction and team member engagement, his wealth of experience will aid him in developing long-term strategic goals for the resort as it further establishes itself as one of the top destinations on the island.

Carlos began his career with Hyatt 40 years ago as a Front Office Supervisor at Hyatt Regency Oakbrook. Prior to his new role, Carlos acted as SVP All-Inclusive Operations Resorts as well as SVP of Operations in the Southern Division. His contributions in these roles were indispensable in working with multiple constituents within Hyatt and Playa Hotels & Resorts to help lead the launch of Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara brands.

“I am very excited to be back in the Caribbean, on an island I have always loved,” said Carlos. “The area has a very special place in my heart, and I am looking forward to rejoining the great team at Hyatt Regency Aruba.”

For more information about the Hyatt Regency Aruba, call 1-800-55-HYATT or visit https://aruba.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html.

About Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino

Located on 12 acres of magnificent beachfront property on Aruba’s world-renowned Palm Beach, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino is a year-round resort with a reputation for refined hospitality. Its 357 sumptuous guestrooms and suites include LCD televisions, roomy bathrooms and Hyatt’s signature Grand Bed. The hotel delivers a sense of authentic island chic with an emphasis on unique architecture that includes an open-air lobby, natural stone floors and colorful Caribbean accents. Recreational facilities are abundant and include a 3-level pool complex complete with a waterslide, a ZoiA Spa with fitness center, tennis courts, a private beach, Camp Hyatt for kids with a game room, and a lively Hyatt Regency Casino. Choose from ten delectable food and beverage options, including the resort’s signature restaurants Ruinas del Mar and Mexicado. After the sun sets, enjoy live entertainment throughout the hotel and karaoke at Piet’s Pier Bar. Nine meeting rooms and extensive outdoor areas are ideal for catered special events. The resort is conveniently located 15 minutes from Queen Beatrix International Airport and is in close proximity to Oranjestad, entertainment, dining and shopping. Hyatt Regency Aruba is also the proud recipient of the AAA 4 Diamond award. For more information, call 1-800-55-HYATT or visit www.aruba.hyatt.com.

Geraldine Coutinho-Meyers

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Hotel Law: Issues & Events
There is not a single area of a hotel’s operation that isn’t touched by some aspect of the law. Hotels and management companies employ an army of lawyers to advise and, if necessary, litigate issues which arise in the course of conducting their business. These lawyers typically specialize in specific areas of the law – real estate, construction, development, leasing, liability, franchising, food & beverage, human resources, environmental, insurance, taxes and more. In addition, issues and events can occur within the industry that have a major impact on the whole, and can spur further legal activity. One event which is certain to cause repercussions is Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. This newly combined company is now the largest hotel company in the world, encompassing 30 hotel brands, 5,500 hotels under management, and 1.1 million hotel rooms worldwide. In the hospitality industry, scale is particularly important – the most profitable companies are those with the most rooms in the most locations. As a result, this mega- transaction is likely to provoke an increase in Mergers & Acquisitions industry-wide. Many experts believe other larger hotel companies will now join forces with smaller operators to avoid being outpaced in the market. Companies that had not previously considered consolidation are now more likely to do so. Another legal issue facing the industry is the regulation of alternative lodging companies such as Airbnb and other firms that offer private, short-term rentals. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica are at the forefront of efforts to legalize and control short-term rentals. However, those cities are finding it’s much easier to adopt regulations on short-term rentals than it is to actually enforce them. The December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine these and other critical issues pertaining to hotel law and how some companies are adapting to them.