• Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center Appoints General Manager

     
    POSTED February 8, 2017
     

Paul E. Cardona has been appointed the new general manager of Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center. He brings more than 22 years of hotel experience to his latest position.

“Paul’s experience working with luxury, world-class brands, such as the Four Seasons and Park Hyatt Chicago,” says Paul Wischermann, president and CEO, Wischermann Partners, Inc. “Makes him the perfect addition to our Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center team and has further solidified the hotel as one of the best in the Chicagoland area.”

Cardona previously held executive positions in Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Soho House & Co., Miami’s SLS Hotels and the Park Hyatt Chicago.

“I am extremely proud and excited to join the team at Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center,” says Cardona. “As a local resident, I look forward to truly embracing the vibrant communities surrounding the hotel through Le Méridien brand’s hallmark of providing personalized service by showcasing our location and culture.”

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The new reality for in-person meetings and events is coming into focus. While gatherings were cancelled or went virtual during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, states are now slowly beginning to reopen and move toward a return to in-person gatherings. Associated Luxury Hotels International, or ALHI, published safety recommendations for planners, hotels, airlines and more, as society begins to formulate safety guidelines for travel, tourism, meetings and events.  

 

The U.S. Travel Association has called the current moment the “Great Travel Depression,” in light of the economic effects resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.