The Whitbread Hotel Company has appointed Anna Relf as director of communications with responsibility for Marriott Hotels and Travel Inn.
The post has been expanded from the PR manager position previously held by Kate Parker, who has moved to Chambers Cox PR. Relf heads a team of three and reports to MD Alan Parker. She joins Whitbread from Ketchum PR where she was a group account director.
Whitbread retains Biss Lancaster on Travel Inn and Jane Webb Associates, Complete Golf and Leisure and Moore Communications on various Marriott accounts. There are no plans to change these relationships.
Relf said she was looking forward to raising Marriott's profile and establishing the Travel Inn brand in the UK. The expansion of Hotel Company within Whitbread is a further focus.