THE ROYAL SONESTA NEW ORLEANS ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF DAVID BILBE AS GENERAL MANAGER

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NEW ORLEANS, LA. (JUNE 27, 2024): The Royal Sonesta New Orleans [8], a
stylish and sophisticated icon located in the heart of the French
Quarter announces the appointment of hospitality industry veteran David
Bilbe as General Manager. The hotel, which provides for exploration and
destination immersion, offers guests a VIP seat to a true New Orleans
experience, and the team is thrilled to have David Bilbe at the helm. In
his role, Bilbe will oversee the 483-key hotel’s
day-to-day operations, management, training, and guest satisfaction.

“We are delighted to welcome David to The Royal Sonesta New Orleans to
lead our beloved Bourbon Street hotel,” says Michelle Steffens, VP
Full-Service Hotel Operations for Sonesta International Hotels. “The
depth of his experience will provide a great resource to guide our team
and further enhance the hotel’s commitment to our guests through
exceptional customer service and unforgettable experiences. We are
confident his leadership will drive our hotel to new heights of success,
ensuring unparalleled guest satisfaction and continued growth.”

Bilbe comes to Royal Sonesta with a wealth of knowledge of the
hospitality industry and over two decades of experience managing and
operating U.S. hotels. He joins Royal Sonesta from his previous role at
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, where he served as general manager for the
last seven years. During his time at Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, Bilbe was
responsible for a team of over 200 associates overseeing all aspects of
hotel operations, ensuring top-tier guest satisfaction, facility
management and financial results. Before this, Bilbe oversaw
operations at Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel, Loews New Orleans
Hotel, Historic Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, and International House
New Orleans, and held over a decade of sales and marketing positions.

Outside of his management roles, Bilbe has held various positions at
multiple professional organizations, including the French Quarter Festival,
Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association, Greater New Orleans
Sports Foundation, French Quarter Management District, and New Orleans
and Company. Bilbe has also been on the receiving end of a few
incredible recognitions such as _Where Magazine New Orleans’ _General
Manager of the Year, Loews Hotels’ General Manager of the Year and
Sage Hospitality’s Eagle Award.

“For the last twenty years, I’ve had the privilege of working across
hotels in this great city and falling in love with the destination
has to offer, and I am honored to be joining the team at one of the most
iconic and historic hotels in New Orleans” shares Bible. “I look
forward to leading my team to success while ensuring a one-of-a-kind New
Orleans experience for our guests.”

  For more information about The Royal Sonesta New Orleans, please visit
www.sonesta.com [9] or @royalsonestano [10]. To make a reservation,
please call 504-586-0300.      

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 About The Royal Sonesta New Orleans  
This stylish and sophisticated 54-year-old icon is located in the heart
of the French Quarter, offering a VIP seat to a true New Orleans
experience. Steps away from local attractions, the hotel beckons
exploration and destination immersion, which are also found in its
six distinctive culinary outlets, like the newly refreshed Restaurant
R’evolution [11], helmed by Louisiana native and renowned Chef John
Folse, casual street-side eatery Desire Oyster Bar [12], and the storied
Jazz Playhouse features live music, curated cocktails, and authentic
eats seven days a week. Relaxation and celebration are found in the
hotel’s 483 guestrooms, including 36 suites with prime views of
Bourbon Street via private balconies, as well as the lush tropical
courtyard with an expansive heated pool with a poolside bar and over
20,000 –square feet of meetings and events space.    

 About Sonesta International Hotels  
Sonesta is the 8th largest hotel company in the U.S., according to Smith
Travel Research (STR) with approximately 1,100 properties totaling
100,000 guest rooms across 13 brands in eight countries. Sonesta owns,
manages and/or franchises under The Royal Sonesta; The James, Classico
– a Sonesta Collection, Sonesta Hotels, Resorts & Cruises; MOD – a
Sonesta Collection, Sonesta Select; Sonesta Essential, Sonesta ES
Suites, Sonesta Simply Suites, Red Lion Hotels, Inns & Suites by
Sonesta; Signature Inn by Sonesta; Americas Best Value Inn by Sonesta
and Canada’s Best Value Inn by Sonesta. Redefining hospitality through
its award-winning Sonesta Travel Pass loyalty program, Sonesta offers
guests the opportunity to earn and redeem points for unparalleled value
and personalized experiences. Sonesta Travel Pass members receive the
best rates, earn immediate points towards free nights and accelerated
status progression based on stays. Join now at
https://www.sonesta.com/join-travel-pass [13].  For more information
about Sonesta and its locations, visit Sonesta.com or call
1.800.SONESTA.    

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