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Luis Barrios

General Manager - Hilton San Diego Resort - Harbor Island

Luis Barrios

Term 11/15 - 6/21

Luis Barrios is the General Manager of the Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island. Before that role, he was General Manager of the Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel in Old Town from 2004 – 2015. In 2001 to 2004, he was the General Manager of the Wyndham Emerald Plaza and the US GRANT HOTEL. From 1992 to 2001, he worked with Evans Hotels as General Manager of the Catamaran Resort, Newport Dunes, Bahia Hotel and was the Director of Special Events at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. From 1980 to 1992, he was the General Manager of the Omni North Star Hotel in Minneapolis, Omni Hotel San Diego, Omni Mission Inn in Riverside, Omni Charlottesville, Sheraton Lexington Inn, Omni Biltmore Plaza and the Omni Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago. He was the Director of Food & Beverage at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC and the New York Sheraton as the Asst. Director of Food & Beverage. From 1969 to 1974, he worked for the Hilton Corporation as the F & B Controller at the Statler Hilton in Boston, MA, the Director of Sales at the Virgin Isle Hilton in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and he attended the Management Trainee Program at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, NW. Additionally, he attended Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, as well as Hotel Management at Miami-Dad Community College and Economics at Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, S.A.

Luis’ professional and philanthropic affiliations include: He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Tourism Authority. He received the Gold Key Award – Hotel Person of the Year 2019 from the San Diego County Lodging Association, Board Member on the San Diego Tourism Marketing District from 2008-2015, 2014 - Hotel Management Magazine GM’s to Watch, 2013 Inductee – California Hotel & Lodging Association Hall of Fame, 2013 - Best Western District VI All Star Governor, 2008 -Best Western District VI All Star Governor, Best Western Governor District VI – Region 5 from 2005-2015, President, San Diego Hotel/Motel Association from 1999 – 2001, Recipient of 2001 Pineapple Awards, “Mentor of the Year”, California Restaurant Association Education Foundation, Recipient of 2000 “Most Valuable Volunteer Award,” AH&MA, Marketing Committee, San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2001 – 2007, Chair of the California Hotel & Lodging Association, 2005, Recipient of 1993 San Diego Hotelperson of the Year – Gold Key Awards, Chair, Education Committee, California Hotel & Lodging Association, 1999 – 2009, Board of Directors, California Hotel & Lodging Association, 2000 – 2015 and Board of Directors, Accessible San Diego.

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