Appointed Director of Leisure and Travel Industry Sales
At The Grove Park Inn in Asheville NC, and The Homestead in Hot Springs - VA, USA
As Director of Leisure and Travel Industry Sales, Donna Smith oversees industry-specific sales and marketing efforts for the two resorts, working closely with wholesales tour operators, retail travel agents and consortiums such as Virtuoso, Signature, Ensemble and American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.
Smith has more than 25 years of experience in hotel and hospitality sales. Before joining KSL Resorts, she headed Leisure & Industry Sales for North America and Canada for Salamander Resorts & Hotels, where she was instrumental in the opening of new properties in Florida and the Caribbean. Previously, she earned her reputation for her role as North American Accounts Executive for Half Moon Resort in Jamaica, where she was responsible for developing and implementing a sales plan that incorporated all aspects of leisure travel. Smith also directed sales and marketing efforts for Couples Resorts/Issa Hotels and was a Sales Manager at Club America Vacations. She has represented numerous hotels and resorts throughout the Caribbean and has worked for Continental Airlines.
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Smith earned a Marketing degree from Memphis State University. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.