RIO GRANDE, P.R.

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa announced the appointment of Katherine Beja-McLennan as the resort’s new director of sales and marketing.

Bringing more than 25 years of experience, Beja-McLennan will oversee all group and catering sales, convention services, marketing and public relations efforts for the iconic property adjacent to El Yunque National Rainforest and the Mameyes River. Working closely with the property’s director of revenue management, Ernesto Velazquez, Beja-McLennan will specifically hone in on transient sales.

Most recently, Beja-McLennan was the director of sales and marketing at Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach in Miami Beach.

“Katherine’s well rounded industry and Wyndham Grand brand knowledge will prove invaluable as we continue to elevate the guest experience with new developments for leisure travelers and groups,” said Amaury Piedra, general manager. “As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, Katherine will be instrumental in evolving our legacy.”

Getting her start at Starwood, Beja-McLennan kicked off her hospitality career as the conference services manager at The St. Regis New York followed by almost five years at W Hotels NYC as director of catering. With an impressive array of hospitality experience to follow, Beja-McLennan has held positions as regional associate director of sales & marketing, director of catering, conference services, and special events for Morgans Hotel Group in Miami.

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa is nestled on 500 acres along a mile-long section of beach. The 400-room resort features a 48,000-square-foot oceanfront conference center, a casino; two world-class 18-hole golf courses; a spa and fitness center; multiple lounges and entertainment venues; international tennis center; water sports center; and two beachfront pools.