Salt Lake City’s Dual-Branded Hotel Adds GM, Director of Sales

The dual-branded Le Méridien and Element Salt Lake City Downtown has appointed Scott Cochran as its complex general manager, and Kitty Chau as its complex director of sales and marketing. Cochran will be responsible for all aspects of hotel operations and Chau will oversee all direct sales, public relations and marketing communications. Veterans of the hospitality industry, Cochran and Chau possess nearly 40 years of combined experience in operations, sales and marketing communications in hospitality.

Cochran joins Le Méridien and Element Salt Lake City Downtown with a background in luxury and lifestyle hotel operations, including with companies such as Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Destination Hotels, Two Roads Hospitality and W Hotels. Most recently, Cochran served as director of operations at W Aspen. He was director of operations as well as F&B director at Two Roads Hospitality’s properties in Stowe, VT. Cochran began his hospitality career as Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ director of food and beverage in Aspen.

Chau comes to the dual-brand property from Aloft Denver Downtown, where she served as director of sales. She was previously area associate director of sales at Stonebridge Companies, where she oversaw sales for Marriott International’s Aloft, Residence Inn and Courtyard Denver Airport at Gateway Park. She has worked in various sales positions at several Hilton hotels, including in Denver, Albany, Boston and Providence.

Le Méridien Salt Lake City Downtown and Element Salt Lake City Downtown opened February 7, 2023. Element Salt Lake City Downtown marks the global brand’s milestone 100th property, with Le Méridien Salt Lake City Downtown arriving as the brand’s first property in Utah. The dual-branded destination is the first time the two brands from the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio are combining forces, and together giving the area its first hotel with a full-scale rooftop bar. Salt Lake City’s newest property is managed by Azul Hospitality Group, a San Diego-based hospitality management platform that provides an innovative approach to maximizing performance.

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