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Victoria Lewis was recently hired as national sales manager at Visit Aurora in Colorado.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as national sales manager?
I’m incredibly excited to begin work with our diverse collection of hotel partners through the selling process! I love attracting groups of all sizes to Aurora. It drives economic growth in the city and makes an impact on a national level. I think Aurora has so many unique hotels and fun things to do, I can’t wait to share my excitement with the thousands of travelers that visit each year!
2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?
I have more than five years of hotel sales experience with high-caliber brands such as Marriott, Westin and Crowne Plaza. With this experience, I bring exceptional knowledge about the hotel industry to Visit Aurora which allows for a seamless transition into selling the destination as a whole.
3. How did you get into the industry?
Oddly enough, it was one of my all-time favorite actresses who played a hotel manager in the show, Gilmore Girls, that sparked my interest. During my freshman year at the University of California, Irvine, I landed my first front desk position and really fell in love with the operations of the hotel and customer service. I eventually worked my way up into the sales department and really couldn’t imagine ever leaving the travel industry!
4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
I hope to show travelers considering Colorado for their next event just how much the city of Aurora has to offer! By working with all of our partners, I hope to create memorable experiences for our clients while leaving a mark on the national stage and spreading the word about how great Aurora is!
5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?
No day is ever the same as the next in this industry! I’ve had the privilege to meet many different types of people, learn their stories and hear about the different paths that led them to our city. I take great pride in uncovering what’s important to them when picking a hotel or destination and finding the perfect match for their interests and needs. For me, it’s a new puzzle every time I work with a new client—in order to see the big picture you have to focus on each piece and find the perfect fit!