Gary Hidu, of Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort, Named President of B.A.C.A

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Lead concierge of the all-suite Clearwater Beach, Florida hotel named president of the esteemed Bay Area Concierge Association

Gary Hidu, Lead Concierge at http://clearwaterbeach.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa has been named President of the Bay Area Concierge Association (B.A.C.A.), an organization whose membership represents the major hotel brands throughout the tri-cities region of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, along with vendor representatives from various hospitality supportive specialties.

A current Gold Key member of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or USA International Concierge Society, Hidu has over eight years of experience as a Resort Concierge on Clearwater Beach, serving at the Hyatt since its opening in 2010 and before as concierge at Sheraton Sand Key. A four-time Employee of the Month winner, twice each at Hyatt and Sheraton, Hidu was named Hyatt Regency Clearwater’s Employee of the Year for 2012. A B.A.C.A. member since 2008, Hidu served two terms on the association’s Board of Directors as Vice President, Community Affairs Pinellas County. Hidu is also active within the local beach community, serving as a member of the Board of Sunsets at Pier 60. In 2010 he was named Tourism Person of the Year runner-up by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce, second to Winter, the star subject of Disney’s A Dolphin Tale. In 2011, Hidu was named MyClearwater Magazine’s May 2011 inaugural “Clearwater Character.”

Hidu spends countless hours scouring the bay area destination for the best activities, restaurants, shopping and attractions. Armed with a surplus of ideas and recommendations, as well as an ability to keenly understand individual needs, Hidu is a leader in his field.

“I am thrilled and humbled that my colleagues have faith and confidence in me to have bestowed this honor on me to be their leader during this term,” he says. “My mission for our organization is to promote the education of our membership on the area’s multitude of attractions, the natural environment, civic volunteerism and professional career advancement in Les Clefs d’Or, to bring to the forefront the importance of Hotel Concierges in the Hospitality Industry.”

For information on the Bay Area Concierge Association, see: http://www.bayareaconcierge.com Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

For information on Les Clefs d’Or USA, see: http://www.lcdusa.org Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

About Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa features 250 guest suites that blend tropical elegance with a luxurious, carefree experience on Florida’s west coast. Breathtaking Gulf views provide the backdrop for expansive floor plans for deluxe one- and two-bedroom suites. Each suite features fully equipped kitchens and balconies or rooftop terraces. Guests can enjoy a variety of upscale amenities such as the eighth-floor infinity pool deck with 20 air-conditioned poolside cabanas and a children’s pool area, a spa pool area on the 16th floor and multiple dining options, including the resort’s signature seafood grill SHOR. Other amenities include the eco-friendly Sandava Spa and Camp Hyatt Kids’ Club, along with 12,000 square feet of indoor and 20,000 square feet of outdoor function space for premier beachside events. Located in the “Best Beach Town in Florida,” according to USA Today, the resort serves as the centerpiece of the city’s new Beach Walk, providing close proximity and easy access to a wealth of world-class restaurants, retailers and attractions.

The resort is a recipient of the following awards and recognitions: the prestigious AAA/CAA Four Diamond Award; four green keys designation by the Green Key Eco-rating Program; approval by Florida Green Lodging; gold status in TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders Program; ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award for 2013 & 2014; TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2013 & 2014; ranking in the “best spa” and “most romantic spot” categories in the 2013 Best of St. Pete/Clearwater Awards; recognition as one of Tampa Bay’s Top 100 Workplaces for 2013 & 2014 by the Tampa Bay Times; the 2014 & 2015 Couples’ Choice Award by WeddingWire; acknowledgement as a 2013 Best of Weddings Pick by The Knot; recognition as one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For by Florida Trend; the 2012 Impact Award Winner by Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts; placement on Elite Meetings’ Top 100 Hotels List; acknowledgement as a gay-friendly hotel by the TAG Approved® Accommodations Program; 2014 Family Vacation Critic Favorite; 2014 Orbitz Best in Stay Award, and the Metro’s Best Award in the Hot Spots to Shop, Dine, Play & Escape by Tampa Bay Metro Magazine for the past two consecutive years. The resort’s signature SHOR American Seafood Grill has also earned the Best of Taste Award at the 2013 Taste of Clearwater, People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Taste of Clearwater, Best Dessert Award at Clearwater Beach’s Restaurant Week for the past two consecutive years and Tampa Bay Magazine’s Best of Tampa Bay Award for-four consecutive years.

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