SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

March 20, 2014 16:15 ET

Harrisburg, PA Hotel Welcomes Local Expert as New Director of Sales

The TownePlace Suites Harrisburg Hershey Benefits From the Industry Experience and Area Expertise of Its Newest Team Member

HARRISBURG, PA--(Marketwired - Mar 20, 2014) - Whoever said that you can't have it all hasn't visited Harrisburg lately. Not only is the city home to chocolate and the state capitol, but its TownePlace Suites Harrisburg Hershey recently discovered that even staff members can bring more than one desirable trait to the hiring table. Its new Director of Sales, Melissa Hoke, joined the hotel near downtown Harrisburg, PA on February 17 of this year, and already she is impressing her colleagues with her many abilities.

Considering Hoke's extensive experience among Harrisburg Hershey hotels, it's not surprising that she is an area expert. She began her career at the Hampton Inn in Manheim, PA where she worked her way up from a position as a Night Auditor to become the hotel's General Manager. From there, she went on to manage award-winning hotels in Central Pennsylvania, working as the General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn in Harrisburg and the Sales Manager at the Holiday Inn in Grantville.

Hoke's exemplary work ethic and outstanding management skills led to her being awarded the peer-nominated Spirit of Hampton Award, which is the brand's top award for individual recognition. 

In addition to earning her team's professional respect, Hoke has developed a niche in event-planning within the Harrisburg Hershey area. Her background in group sales has helped her hone her valuable talent, which can directly benefit this extended-stay Hershey, PA Marriott. Unique among hotels near Hershey Chocolate World, the property offers pet-friendly accommodations that are 25-percent larger than average guest rooms. These advantages are especially attractive to groups traveling for work, school or personal reasons, and Hoke's professional savvy can help connect them with the hotel.

When Hoke isn't crunching numbers, developing partnerships or checking in with guests, she's busy looking after her six children. Just as the hotel has both an industry veteran and local expert in Hoke, Hoke has both a career and a thriving family life, balancing the best of both worlds in a productive, inspiring way.

About TownePlace Suites Harrisburg Hershey
From chocolate and rollercoasters, to national monuments and shopping, the TownePlace Suites Harrisburg Hershey is convenient to the area's best attractions and offers a stay for every type of traveler, including group stays in Harrisburg. This extended-stay hotel's suites are 25-percent larger than average, and their comfort, flexibility and affordability make them a smart choice for both business travelers and families. With four available floor plans, guests can pick the space that best meets their needs. Every suite features modern decor, a full kitchen, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, high-speed Internet access and a well-lit workspace. Staff members at this pet-friendly hotel are available 24 hours a day.

A neighborhood-style hotel, the TownePlace Suites Harrisburg Hershey feels like home with daily complimentary continental breakfast and a convenience store, while an exercise room and indoor pool are nice ways to stay on track with fitness goals. Just eight miles from Harrisburg International Airport and at the crossroads of I-83, I-283 and Route 322, this hotel makes it easy to explore areas near and far. Hersheypark, Hershey Spa, Hershey Outlets, PA Farm Show Complex, Hollywood Casino and Carlisle Car Shows are just minutes away. Walk to the Bass Pro Shops and Great Escape Theatre, or take a day trip to Philadelphia, Baltimore or Washington, D.C. Gettysburg and Lancaster Amish Country are less than an hour away.

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