Determined to be top of the class in the North West hospitality sector, the DoubleTree by Hilton Chester has recruited hospitality expert Pauline Downing from a leading University ensuring the Chester hotel gains first-class honours.
Recently appointed conference and events sales manager Pauline Downing has an impressive history in the industry, working at a handful of luxury hotels within the UK and abroad.
Pauline’s career spans over 30 years and her experience has been gained in a varied number of roles in hotel reception, front of house, marketing and conference and event sales.
The new role carries on from the success of Pauline’s previous position as conference and event manager at Aberystwyth University. Here Pauline changed the department into a commercial venture with the ‘selling’ of university facilities during non-student time.
Pauline says: “I’m thrilled to join such a vibrant, enthusiastic team here at the DoubleTree Chester.
“My main role is to maximise conference and events sale revenue and profit through pro-active selling and commercial management skills.
“I also want to create a working environment that supports organisational and brand values to build on the outstanding customer service that is already apparent at the hotel.”
General Manager Tony Wright says: “Pauline is an asset to our team and she is working hard to achieve the levels of perfection that we demand here.
“Our staff are blossoming under Pauline’s guidance, she is a breath of fresh air to the department. Her experience is second to none and I am looking forward to her continued input into the business.”
Embracing the role at Doubletree by Hilton Chester, Pauline has already implemented a robust chase system, completed a structured competitive analysis, re-focused and trained the events sales team and is seeing great results.
Pauline continues: “Chester is a great place to work, a hub of fantastic businesses offering great opportunities.
“The DoubleTree is a wonderful establishment. There is such a varied customer base and most importantly a great team to work with.
“My ultimate aim is to bring understanding and awareness of the DoubleTree by Hilton brand to not only all of our customers here at Chester but to the national and international customers too.”
The hotel is located on Warrington Road, Chester CH2 3PD. For further information, telephone Doubletree by Hilton, Chester on 01244 408 800 or visit www.hilton.co.uk/chester.
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