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Shangri-La Springs hires seasoned hospitality professional Cindy Ekonomou as director of sales

Shangri-La Springs is pleased to announce the hiring of Cindy Ekonomou as the historic property’s director of sales.

A seasoned professional with more than 30 years of hospitality management experience, Ekonomou is responsible for directing, overseeing and managing all sales and catering activities. She will be the primary point of contact for prospective and current clients seeking to host weddings, receptions, meetings and special events at Shangri-La Springs, which features a full-service organic spa, wellness room, banquet rooms, wedding and event space, gardens, mineral spring, organic restaurant and historic hotel that is currently under refurbishment.

Ekonomou most recently served as director of special events for the Burroughs Home & Gardens in downtown Fort Myers, where she realigned and developed the venue’s sales department while increasing bookings by 50 percent. Additionally, she is the national new chapter ambassador co-chair for the National Association of Wedding Planners.

Prior experience includes serving as director of destination services for Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau, director of sales and marketing for Palm Beach Island’s notable Brazilian Court, and director of sales and marketing for the historic Gulfstream Hotel, Canopy Palms Resort, Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel and other luxury resorts on the east coast of Florida. Ekonomou is a Florida native and earned an Associate of Arts degree from Brevard College and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Central Florida.

Shangri-La Springs has announced several key hirings in recent months as the famed Bonita Springs’ property prepares for its full reopening, including Executive Chef Allen Fisher as food and beverage director, Dr. Deborah Leible as spa manager and Cecelia Morales as organic garden manager.

For more information about booking a wedding or special event at Shangri-La Springs, please call 239-949-0749 or visit ShangriLaSprings.com.

About Shangri-La Springs

Built in 1921, Shangri-La Springs offers a variety of unique services including a stately property with an organic garden, organic restaurant, wellness room, full-service organic spa, gift shop and event space. The property specializes in offering guests a nexus of beneficial practices, activities and engagement opportunities that include wellness classes, art shows and special programs. Additionally, Shangri-La Springs serves as an event space and wedding venue. The historic hotel rooms at Shangri-La Springs are currently undergoing major renovation. The property’s restaurant is currently undergoing renovations as well and is slated to reopen in early 2019. While under renovation, catering is available upon request and for special events held on the property. Guests are invited to come experience the organic garden, wellness room, gift shop and the full-service organic spa, as well as tour the historic property. Enjoy a range of natural and organic treatments and products at the Spa at Shangri-La Springs including facials, massages, eucalyptus steam room, far infrared sauna and private garden lounge. Shangri-La Springs is located at 27750 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. For more information call 239-949-0749 or visit www.ShangriLaSprings.com.

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