Hotel and job title:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Astoria, General Manager
How long in that job:
How long in the industry:
How did you get involved in the hospitality industry? Moved to the area from Texas and needed a job! Applied for and was hired as a sales assistant at a hotel in Seaside. I found out that I really enjoy the hospitality industry. Its never the same thing two days in a row!
Whats your favorite amusing story/encounter with a tourist? I am always amused when a guest arrives and asks for an ocean front room. When we explain that the water out the back door is actually a river, they dont always believe us! Sometimes people find it hard to believe the land on the other side of the river is the state of Washington, and not Canada!
Are there any hidden gems that visitors to your area shouldnt miss? There are so many amazing things to do in our area the Column, the Maritime Museum, Flavel House, Fort Stevens, Fort Clatsop. I do like to send people out to Youngs River Falls, especially in the spring. It is beautiful out there!
Projections for the 2013 summer season: All indications are that it will be a busy summer!
Will you be increasing your hiring for summer? We maintain a year-round full staff so do very little seasonal hiring. Most likely, a part time breakfast bar position and maybe a housekeeping attendant will be the only hiring for the summer.
Favorite vacation spot (anywhere): Egypt. My mom and I went on a 15-day Nile River cruise, stopping at all the temples along the way. Egypt was always on my bucket list so took the opportunity to go three years ago. Really glad I went when I did I am sure the country will never be the same again. Such a shame such amazing history.