Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana Club Manager named Rising Star

Playa Hotels & Resorts employee honored at 2021 Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit presented by ISHC

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, September 3, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Playa Hotels & Resorts NV (NASDAQ: PLYA, “Playa”), a leading owner and operator of all-inclusive resorts across Mexico and throughout the Caribbean, announced today that Darling Mendez, club manager at Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana received the Caribbean Rising Star Award 2021 presented by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) at the Caribbean Hotel & Investment Summit (CHRIS) 2021 on August 31, 2021 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

This is the eleventh year that ISHC and CHRIS have teamed up to recognize young leaders in the Caribbean and marks the third consecutive Caribbean Rising Star victory for a Playa associate. The award, which recognizes an emerging leader aged 35 and under, currently living and working in the Caribbean, was presented in 2019 at Playa’s Paola Gomez Lopez, then sales manager for the Hilton La Romana in the Dominican Republic and in 2020 at Creasha-Dine Thompson, then Event Planning Manager at Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall.

“Honey continues to inspire and impress her colleagues and represents Playa’s very DNA with a Heart service approach day by day ”, declared Dayna White, Playa Hotels & Resorts Senior Vice President of Human Resources. “With seven career advancements over the past decade, Darling approaches each new role with enthusiasm, pride and understanding that the future is limitless at Playa Hotels & Resorts. We all celebrate with Darling today and even more excited about it. may its future hold. “

It’s not by Mendez be recognized for the first time in her career in the hotel industry. She received the Employee of the Month award, the Courtesy Service of the Month award on three separate occasions and the Courtesy Service of the Year 2013 award for her warm hospitality, responsibility and discipline.

Mendez was nominated for the Rising Star Award by Pedro Tomas, Managing Director of Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana. “Darling has the ability to transform work environments into environments full of harmony and productivity,” said Tomas. “Her work ethic, integrity and positive attitude make her deserve this impressive recognition.”

Mendez graciously accepted the award in person, thanking his family as well as his mentor Tomas. “It hasn’t always been an easy trip, but it has always been a wonderful and extremely rewarding journey for me. And that justifies the hard work,” explained Mendez.

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About Playa Hotels & Resorts NV
Playa Hotels & Resorts NV (NASDAQ: PLYA, “Playa”) is a leading owner, operator and developer of award-winning all-inclusive resorts in popular vacation destinations across Mexico and throughout the Caribbean. Playa owns and / or manages a total portfolio of 22 resorts (8,366 rooms) located in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Playa draws on years of expertise in operating all-inclusive resorts and partnering with globally recognized and trusted hotel brands to deliver the highest standards with exceptional value. The first to bridge the all-inclusive experience with major hotel brands around the world, the result is increased direct consumer bookings, repeat business and lower acquisition costs. Playa owns and operates 17 resorts (6,295 rooms) located throughout Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Playa also has two resorts in the Dominican Republic which are managed by a third party and manage three complexes on behalf of third party owners. For more information, please visit

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