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  • Meet Andrea Vieyra

     
    POSTED January 29, 2017
     

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Andrea Vieyra was recently hired as director of sales and marketing for The Hotel Landing in Wayzata, Minn.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role at The Hotel Landing in downtown Wayzata?

The Hotel Landing is the first hotel on Lake Minnetonka in more than 50 years, and I’m excited to be a part of the revival of hospitality on the lake. I love the Wayzata area and I’m thrilled to open this hotel, which will add so many amenities to the area with beautiful luxury hotel rooms, Nordic-inspired spa, incredible two-story restaurant and more than 4,000 square feet of event space equipped with the latest technology and A/V.

2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?

Luxury boutique hotels are my passion. I started in the hotel business by opening the Chambers Hotel in 2006. From there, I spent 10 years at The Grand Hotel, which included transitioning it to become a Kimpton Hotel in 2011 and oversaw the renovation and rebranding. I love seeing a hotel go from the conceptual stage, through design development and finally see the first guests walk through the doors. It’s a truly gratifying process.

3. How did you get into the industry?

Shortly after college—and after giving the corporate world a try—I was referred to the Chambers and spent six months opening the hotel and fell in love with the industry. I spent many years working in high-end salons and spas as well as retail, and I loved the customer-facing aspect of working in a hotel much more than being stuck in a cubicle all day in my corporate positions. Each day is a new adventure and challenge which keeps me inspired and on my toes.

4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?

My main goal is to introduce this hotel as a one-of-a-kind, thoughtfully designed, high-end option for corporate meetings and events as well as weddings and social gatherings.

5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?

The clients and travelers I’ve met and engaged with over the years make my job so fulfilling. I love the fact that I’m able to create exceptional experiences that people will never forget; from helping stage an engagement to ensuring a large traveling group has a flawless stay. Also, the people I’ve had the honor to work alongside, both in the past and present, make coming to work a privilege. There’s never a dull moment and we have a lot of fun along the way.

Chris Rowley, the Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's executive director, recently acquired her certification as a Government Meeting Specialist from the Society of Government Meeting Professionals .

The SGMP certifies employees of government entities through the voluntary GMS program whose  goal is to teach planners and suppliers to plan meetings and events in the most effective way possible for their government employers. The program requires participants to fulfill the ethical, personal and professional requirements that the SGMP specifies.

 

Robert Snyders, who retired in late March 2017, served for 20 years as the National Sales Director for Experience Grand Rapids.

“Bob has been an integral part of the sales team at Experience Grand Rapids,” says Tom Bennett, vice president of sales and services of Experience Grand Rapids.

 

Created by the Michigan Travel Commission in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, The Governor’s Awards for Innovative Tourism Collaboration elevate the status of Michigan’s tourism industry and promote innovative collaboration as an effective, efficient and creative operating principle for the industry. In April, at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Detroit, Dave Lorenz of Travel Michigan, representing the Michigan Travel Commission, and Julie Pingston, representing the Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan (TICOM), presented the 2017 awards.