Austin Watkins has been appointed Director of Sales & Marketing at Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort in Kailua-Kona
Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort is proud to welcome Austin Watkins to its growing team as Director of Sales and Marketing. With over two decades of experience in the luxury hospitality industry working across corporate leadership, operations, and sales and marketing roles, Austin will support the resort as it readies for its highly anticipated opening in 2023 on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawai'i. Leveraging his vast expertise as well as his strong familiarity with the Hawaiian market following many years spent working on several of its islands, he will be responsible for spearheading and implementing the resort's innovative sales and marketing strategy leading up to the launch and beyond. Austin's appointment to the team holds a special significance for Austin, as his family lives in the nearby town of Waimea and he has many fond memories of the destination collected over the course of his life.
Prior to joining Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, Austin held the position of Managing Director of Marketing and Hospitality Sales at Timbers Resorts in Winter Park, Florida, where he oversaw the sales and marketing program for the brand's portfolio of luxury resorts and residence clubs. Before Timbers, Austin held multiple senior marketing positions at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, where he was posted at six different locations across three countries, including the Four Seasons Hualalai in Hawai'i, the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. He began his hospitality career with Ritz Carlton Hotels and Resorts at multiple properties in both Hawaii and California.