Industry Update
Appointment 8 May 2018

Cara Banasch

Appointed Vice President of Sales
At Omni Hotels in Irving - TX, USA

Cara Banasch

Omni Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the appointment of Cara Banasch as vice president of sales effective May 21, 2018. Banasch will lead all field and global sales teams and will be responsible for creating and implementing revenue-generating strategies across the entire luxury hotel brand. Banasch will report to Daniel Surette, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Omni Hotels & Resorts.

Prior to joining Omni, Banasch served as senior vice president of business development and strategy for the New Orleans Convention & Visitor's Bureau. She worked with a team of partners and professionals to grow business opportunities for the hospitality industry and her leadership led to a record-breaking production performance. A long-term veteran of the hotel and hospitality industry, Banasch has held multiple leadership roles at properties in the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide family, where she developed winning sales and marketing strategies in Global Sales for 16 new construction projects across multiple cities, and as an Area Director in the NE and SE regions.

Banasch holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and an MBA in Global Business. Banasch has served on several board positions throughout her career, including the PCMA Foundation Board, New Orleans Ballet Association most recently. She is also an active philanthropist and supports local charities such as the Audubon Conservancy, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp and the Louisiana SPCA.

Omni Hotels

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 45 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options.
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