Meet Puerto Rico (MPR), the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) of Puerto Rico, announced the appointment of Gabriela Ong as Vice President of Sales.
Ong is responsible for driving sales and attracting and growing brand awareness to Puerto Rico through meeting and incentive sales and the development of new marketing events.
“Since Gabriela joined us three years ago, her talents and expertise as a meetings sales professional, her enthusiasm and new contacts have helped grow our sales in the Northeast,” noted Milton Segarra, President & CEO, Meet Puerto Rico. “We are thrilled that she has accepted the role of VP of Sales to help communicate and sell Puerto Rico to the meetings and conventions market as a bucket list destination that goes beyond the conventional. We are confident that her leadership abilities and passion for Puerto Rico will greatly benefit Meet Puerto Rico, our team and our members and lead to increased economic impact.”
Together with the Meet Puerto Rico team, Ong will be responsible for leading the recently announced aggressive fiscal year sales program that includes approximately 60 sales and promotional events, including trade fairs, press trips and networking activities, in cities such as Frankfurt (Germany), Barcelona (Spain), Mexico City (Mexico), Chicago (USA), Orlando (USA), Las Vegas (USA), Toronto (Canada) and Montego Bay (Jamaica).
Based in the New York area, Ong has more than 16 years of sales experience in the hospitality industry including the past three as Brand Sales Manager, Northeast for Meet Puerto Rico. Before joining Meet Puerto Rico in 2014, Ong was Group Sales Manager at the InterContinental New York Barclay. Gabriela managed and built accounts within the financial and communications industries and has worked with sports, association, education and legal group markets. Prior to that she held the Sales Manager position for various hotel brands such as: Marriott International, Sheraton Stamford, InterContinental New York Barclay and InterContinental New York Times Square.
Gabriela has a Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Administration from Marist College in NY. In her new role at Meet Puerto Rico, she will oversee sales efforts worldwide.