Mary Hutchcraft named Director of Sales & Marketing at 394-key B Resort in Disney World in Florida
Mary Hutchcraft has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the B Resort, located in the Walt Disney World? Resort, scheduled to debut in early 2014. In her new role, Hutchcraft is responsible for driving sales and strategic partnerships for the new lifestyle hotel and latest addition to the growing B Hotels & Resorts? brand.
Hutchcraft brings to the B Resort a depth of experience, having served 18 years in hospitality sales. Most recently, she was task force Director of Sales and Marketing for Hospitality Ventures Management Group at the International Palms Resort and Conference Center, Orlando. While there, she led a nine-person sales team, directing all sales and marketing initiatives for the 642-room property. Prior to that, Hutchcraft served as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Reunion Wyndham Grand Golf and Spa Resort near Orlando. In this role, she coordinated successful marketing and branding campaigns between the resort and corporate marketing departments and organized cross-training and cross-selling programs for three properties in the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida portfolio. Earlier, Hutchcraft was Director of Sales at The Shores Resort & Spa, Daytona Beach, Fla., where she transitioned the property under new management, coming in under budget, while also achieving all sales goals.
“Mary’s ample experience in sales and marketing in the Florida market and her effective leadership capabilities make her a great asset to the B Resort team,” said Lovell Casiero, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Crescent Hotels & Resort, the property’s hospitality management company. “She has an excellent track record in exceeding goals and driving highly effective sales strategies, which will prove beneficial in our sales and marketing endeavors at the new B Resort in the heart of Orlando’s thriving Tourism Corridor.”
Hutchcraft specializes in selling leisure, corporate, wholesale and group market segments, utilizing firm yield management and revenue maximization principles. She is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Certified Hospitality Sales Professional (CHSP) with significant sales and marketing experience in resort and convention hotels. Among her various professional affiliations, Hutchcraft is a member of the Marketing Committee for Visit Florida, Florida Society of Association Executives, Society of Incentive Travel Executives, MPI Greater Orlando, SITE International, and Meeting Professionals International.
The B Resort will offer 394 newly renovated guest rooms and suites and over 25,000 square feet of dedicated meeting and function space. All rooms will feature The Blissful Bed? by B Hotels & Resorts?, modern appointments and other elements to enhance the guest experience. Located in one of the top family and convention travel destinations in the U.S., the B Resort, just steps from the Downtown Disney? area, will incorporate elements to attract discerning guests including families, featuring inviting designs, bunk beds in select guest rooms and various other amenities and dining options, including culinary experiences by internationally-recognized restaurant group, China Grill Management. B Hotels & Resorts’? distinguished B Signature Elements will be integrated at the Lake Buena Vista resort. As part of the brand offerings, the resort will provide complimentary technology amenities including FreeB Wi-Fi (complimentary high-speed Internet access) throughout the property, including guest rooms and meeting spaces, courtesy loaner guest iPads, as well as Monscierge?, a digital touchscreen concierge and destination guide.