Industry Update
Appointment27 November 2018

Santiago Rivera

Appointed General Manager
At Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort & Meliá Caribe Beach Resort, Dominican Republic

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Santiago Rivera

Meli Hotels by Meli Hotels International (MHI) the Spanish hotel company with more than 380 hotels around the world is pleased to announce the appointment of Santiago Rivera as General Manager of the newly split hotels: Meli Punta Cana Beach, an adults-only resort, and Meli Caribe Beach, a resort for everyone. A seasoned and respected leader in the luxury hospitality arena, the designation comes at a momentous time for the resorts. This December, the two newly debuted resorts will open with Mr. Rivera at the helm offering a myriad of programming, services and amenities, all designed to accommodate the distinct needs of todays traveler.

With over 15 years of experience at MHI and the luxury hospitality industry, Mr. Rivera brings a wealth of experience to his new role at Meli Punta Cana Beach Resort and Meli Caribe Beach Resort. Mr. Rivera comes to the properties from Paradisus Cancun, where he served as the General Manager. Under his leadership, the resort saw immense success, increased sales and profitability while ensuring an unforgettable guest experience. With two post-graduate degrees in hospitality management and strategic leadership from Cornell University, Mr. Rivera has achieved major accomplishments at previous locations in his portfolio including Paradisus Los Cabos, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla y La Esmeralda, among others.

Meliá Hotels International

Meliá Hotels International was founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and is one of the world’s largest resort hotel chains, as well as Spain’s leading hotel chain. It currently provides more than 350 hotels in 35 countries on 4 continents under its brands: Gran Meliá, Meliá, ME, Innside, Tryp by Wyndham, Sol and Paradisus.
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