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Terranea’s Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President Agnelo Fernandes Appointed as Visit California’s Brand and Content Committee Chair

Fernandes accepts two-year term as chair of one of Visit California’s industry-led committees

(December 10, 2019) — Terranea Resort, Los Angeles’ premier oceanfront destination, is pleased to announce Agnelo Fernandes, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, has been appointed as Visit California’s Brand and Content Committee Chair.

“The opportunity to help guide Visit California’s iconic brand is an exciting one, and I look forward to working with the committee, Vice Chair Charles Harris (Senior Vice President, Marketing, Visit Anaheim), and all of our members to develop and create marketing strategies to take the organization into the next decade,” said Fernandes.

Visit California’s committees play a vital role in the organization’s efforts to promote travel to the state of California, providing guidance on the $131 million global marketing program that supports the state’s $140.6 billion tourism industry. Each committee is comprised of highly specialized groups of industry leaders whose expertise and dedication shape specific areas of Visit California’s marketing program.

“Visit California is fortunate to have so many influential members of California’s travel and tourism industry serving as leaders of our organization,” Visit California President and CEO Caroline Beteta said. “Industry-led committees are an invaluable aspect of the program, and the oversight and guidance they provide is foundational to Visit California’s global efforts and the prosperity of California’s world-class tourism industry.”

As Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President for Terranea Resort, Fernandes oversees the business strategy, branding development initiatives, and revenue optimization for the 102-acre luxury destination. He actively serves on Terranea's Strategy Committee, providing input on growth strategies and also provides support to CoralTree Hospitality as the field leader for marketing and innovation initiatives projects. In addition, he currently serves as the Chair of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Foundation, and on the Board of Directors for HSMAI Americas, and is the past Chair of the HSMAI Marketing Advisory Council. He brings more than 25 years of strategic global leadership experience and has led the development, launch and repositioning of resorts and hotels in North America, Caribbean, Asia and Central America. He has held senior executive positions within the hospitality industry with recognized brands such as Canyon Ranch, Sonesta Hotels International, and Rex Resorts. In addition, Fernandes was selected by Lodging Magazine as one of the best and brightest hotel innovators and visionaries within the hospitality sector; he was also the recipient of the HSMAI Resort Marketer of the Year Award and named one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales, Marketing and Revenue. Additionally, he was named the Leader of the Year and awarded Destination Marketing Professional of the Year by Destination Hotels and Two Roads Hospitality, and was nominated for the prestigious Spirit of Lowe award.

About Terranea Resort

Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea is the premier oceanfront resort in Southern California with 102 acres of unparalleled Pacific Ocean views on the Los Angeles coast. Terranea opened its doors in June 2009 and proudly celebrates a milestone 10th anniversary in 2019: 10 years of service and memorable guest experiences in this scenic Southern California enclave. The resort also offers world-class accommodations that range from hotel suites to bungalows, oceanfront casitas, and luxurious villas, which are also available for purchase as seaside second homes through Terranea Real Estate. Amenities include The Links at Terranea, a nine-hole, par-3 golf course; award-winning 50,000 sq. ft. oceanfront spa, fitness, and wellness center; four swimming pools and a 140-foot waterslide; marea luxury boutique; 135,000 sq. ft. of conference and meeting space; and nine dining venues including signature, coastal fine dining restaurant mar'sel; catalina kitchen, serving a New American menu showcasing the bounty of California in a comfortably chic environment; Nelson's, a cliffside spot ideal for whale watching; newly opened wellness eatery solviva; and Asian-inspired bashi. Terranea takes pride in its farm-to-Terranea culinary philosophy that focuses on utilizing local and sustainable ingredients. Terranea's bountiful land boasts herb and vegetable gardens, lemon groves, bee hives, farm-fresh eggs, a Sea Salt Conservatory, and more. In addition, the resort’s team of expert Experience Concierge members at the dedicated Experience Center help guests discover and explore Terranea’s rich terrain that includes miles of scenic coastal trails, a secluded beach cove, and ocean environments. Fun, enriching programs and activities such as falconry, archery, kayaking, and paddle boarding also abound. Terranea Resort is owned by a joint venture comprised of Lowe and JC Resorts, managed by CoralTree Hospitality Group, and is a member of the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Virtuoso Travel Network. Since its opening, Terranea Resort has been named one of Travel + Leisure’s “500 Best Hotels in the World” and earned a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice Awards” and “Gold List.” The resort also received the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator and has been recognized numerous times on U.S. News & World Report's “Best U.S. Hotels” list. In 2019, Terranea was designated a Great Place to Work-Certified™ company by Great Place to Work. For additional information about Terranea Resort, visit www.terranea.com, call 866.261.5873, or follow Terranea on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.