Raynold Semeleer named Director of Catering & Events @the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

August 16th seems to be Raynold Semeleer’s lucky day. On that date, 8 years ago, he was named Event Manager at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, and in 2021, Director of Catering & Events.

“It is my pleasure to share with you,” says General Manager Vasco Baselli, “that our colleague Raynold Semeleer has been promoted to the position of Director of Catering & Events.  Raynold began his career at our resort almost 17 years ago, at the Front Desk as a Guest Service Representative. After a promotion to Front Office Supervisor, he followed two management development programs, focusing on Food & Beverage and the Rooms Division. His diligence paid off, as he launched a very successful career as Events Manager, a position in which he developed an extraordinary rapport with guests and event planners, particularly with some of the resort’s large repeat groups. Congratulations, Raynold, on a job well done, you will also have our full support in your new role.”

According to Raynold, hospitality was supposed to be a brief episode on his way to becoming an expert in criminology, but then he fell in love with the profession, and made an about turn. Raynold reports loving every aspect of his job: Taking care of clients, and their clients, exceeding guests’ expectations and improving the resort’s bottom line. It’s all in a day’s work, he states.

Over the past 17 years, Raynold traces his trajectory though his department, exploring its many aspects from leisure based clients to large incentive groups, many romantic weddings, the local market with its seasonal planning, corporate functions, and catering big and small. In his new role as Director, he is responsible for his department’s financials, and budget, and says he is forever learning new skills, grateful for the opportunity to show his abilities and develop his potential.

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September 16, 2021
Rona Coster