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131738 06 Oct 2019

Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel Appoints General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing

Seasoned Professionals to Join Management Team for New York City Property Opening This Fall

NEW YORK (Oct.  1, 2019) - The highly anticipated Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel has announced the appointments of Chris Rynkar as general manager and Yelithza Gonzales as director of sales & marketing. The hotel will officially open its doors this fall as one of the tallest properties in Manhattan’s Flower District, rising 430-feet-high. Located on the site of the former Antiques Garage, a beloved indoor flea market, the impeccably appointed hotel is set to become the Chelsea neighborhood’s prime address and will offer guests a hidden oasis in a decidedly industrial neighborhood.

“Chris and Yelithza bring extensive industry experience and a passion for hospitality,” said John Parker, COO of Real Hospitality Group. “We could not be more excited to have them lead the launch of this highly anticipated property and key opening for the Renaissance Hotels brand and Real Hospitality Group.”

As general manager, Chris Rynkar will oversee and lead all operations and management at the property.  With more than 15 years of hospitality experience in New York City, Detroit, Boston, and San Diego, Rynkar has held various managerial and operational positions at some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Hyatt, Marriott, and Real Hospitality. He was awarded “General Manager of the Year” by Real Hospitality Group and was named “Manager of the Year” during his career at Hyatt. Along with a strong operational background, Rynkar also gained revenue management experience during his time as the director of revenue management at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge Hotel in Boston. His career versatility and experience have allowed him to build successful teams that focus on offering exceptional customer service, maximizing hotel profitability and engaging employees.

Director of Sales & Marketing Yelithza Gonzales will supervise the overall sales efforts of the hotel, including developing new accounts, maintaining existing accounts, managing rate and inventory, managing TPI, supervising sales-related personnel, implementing sales and marketing strategies to maximize hotel profits while maintaining guest and associate satisfaction. With years of sales and marketing experience in New York City’s hospitality scene and a solid track record of outstanding performance, Gonzales has served as the Director of Sales at Hotel Indigo Brooklyn and most recently, opened the city’s first Hyatt House as Director of Sales & Marketing. In 2017, Real Hospitality Group named Hyatt House Chelsea their “Hotel of the Year” and Gonzales was awarded “Director of Sales of the Year” for her efforts.

For more information about the upcoming Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel, please visit www.RenaissanceChelsea.com


About Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel

Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel is a boutique destination occupying a prime address in New York City’s historic Chelsea neighborhood and is set on the site of the former Antique Garage flea market. Providing guests with intimate access to the city, the hotel is situated steps from the Flower District, near iconic attractions like Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building. With design drawing inspiration from the surrounding neighborhood and former site’s charming history, the 341 guest rooms and suites are fun and functional, while showcasing expansive views of Manhattan and beyond. Guests can bask in a hidden retreat at Somewhere Nowhere, the rooftop bar, lounge and pool encompassing 360-degree vistas, and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Cotto, the hotel’s ground-floor restaurant located amidst a lush, garden-like setting. Featuring a spacious ballroom and light-filled meeting spaces, the hotel is also an inspired choice for a special event in the heart of Chelsea. www.RenaissanceChelsea.com

About Renaissance Hotels

With over 160 hotels in more than 35 countries around the world, Renaissance Hotels has hit its stride with the strongest hotel portfolio in its history, doubling down on its commitment to design with dramatic renovations and dynamic global growth on the horizon. Around the world, Renaissance Hotels connects travelers to the spirit of the neighborhood through its unexpected design, entertaining evening bar rituals and engaging Navigators, extending an open invitation to experience the unexpected both inside and out of the hotel. Stay connected with Renaissance Hotels on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter at @RenHotels.  Renaissance Hotels is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Real Hospitality Group

Ocean City, Maryland-based Real Hospitality Group (RHG), with offices in New York City and Ft. Lauderdale, is a full-service hotel management company. Real Hospitality Group has grown to become one of the top 15 U.S. hotel operating companies. RHG portfolio includes over 104 hotels open and in development in key markets and resort destinations. The company is a recognized service provider for leading brands including Marriott International, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, Choice Hotels International, Inc., Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Red Lion Hotels Corporation as well as a growing portfolio of independent luxury boutique hotels including the MADE, the Boro Hotel and Hotel Americano in New York City and Ruschmeyers in Montauk, NY. RHG focuses on comprehensive development management services, revenue performance, guest experience and business development for hotels, resorts and investment ownership groups.  For more information about Real Hospitality, please visit www.realhospitalitygroup.com.