Ritz Carlton's Paco Saldaña: The New Face of Travel
The U.S. Travel Association has announced the winner of its Faces of Travel Contest. Congratulations to Paco Saldaña, director of guest services at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. He was chosen among over 16,000 participants who applied to be the spokesperson that "embodies the vitality of travel and the importance of increasing travel to and within the United States."
Born in Mexico City, Saldaña started working at the Ritz-Carlton in 1996 as a bus boy. He worked in various positions as he moved up the ranks, including banquets associate, club-level manager and housekeeping manager.
"I came to this country in search of the American dream," Saldaña said. "As an employee of Ritz-Carlton, I’ve been given the opportunity to achieve it. But, like the millions of other ladies and gentlemen working in the travel industry, these aspirations will be cut short if we continue to suffer from a downturn in the meetings business."