Laurie Oliver is the new regional director of travel industry sales for M&R Hotel Management, which is headed by Amit Gandhi, president and chief executive officer. She will oversee sales for the company’s 17 managed hotels to travel agents, wholesalers, consortia and tour operators and groups.
Oliver previously worked for Intercontinental Hotels Group as key account director, leisure and airline sales, where she managed and developed sales and strategic partnerships with large leisure wholesale accounts. From 1982 to 1991, she served IHG as director, CMH Caribbean and Latin America. She began her career with IHG’s predecessor, Holiday Inn International, in 1977.
M&R Hotel Management, based in Great Neck, New York, operates five hotels in Manhattan, including the Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan Central Park, the Holiday Inn New York City – Times Square, the Holiday Inn NYC – Lower East Side, Holiday Inn Express Manhattan Midtown West and Comfort Inn Midtown West. M&R expects to open a sixth Manhattan hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn New York Times Square South, in June, and its business plan calls for expansion of its portfolio in the New York metropolitan area through third-party management contracts.