Jensen helps Chamber’s international efforts
The Park City Chamber/Bureau has a new position and a new member to fill it. Leslie Jensen, a graduate of Park City High School, has been the international sales and reservations associate for a month, but is just getting started in her new role.
In the new position Jensen will serve under Cathy Miller, the director of sales and marketing, and alongside Patton Murray, the international sales and marketing manager, in order to coordinate with and increase visits of international guests to Park City.
"We directly sell the three-resort international pass, which is available to our international visitors," she said. "They get to choose at which resort they want to ski, and at a discounted rate. They aren’t tied down to ski at a certain resort for their days here."
She said she has other duties as well, including dealing with lodging reservations for international visitors by coordinating with Chamber/Bureau members to provide the best service and assisting in other guest service aspects such as transportation.
"I also help with reservation inquires," she said. "We’re a conduit for inquires that come from consumers directly or from tour operators. We have a relationship with several tour operators and we pass the information on to our lodging partners who are members of the Chamber/Bureau."
Once the guests arrive in Park City, have checked into their hotel rooms and have their ski passes in hand, Jensen’s job is still not over.
"Beyond lodging reservations we also assist in other areas of vacation planning including transportation and activities and adventures off the slopes," she said.
Jensen said she has always been interested in international travel and communication, as well as the guest services industry, so the job is a perfect fit, in spite of the fact that her college degree is in Psychology.
She originally wanted "to work as a social worker with at-risk youth at an elementary school," but to do so would have required another two years of schooling, if not more. While studying at the University of Utah, she also studied Spanish, preparing her for a career in international services.
"I find it exciting and interesting to be able to communicate with people," she said. "It’s essential to be able to communicate with people with various backgrounds. Without it I’d be missing a big piece of the picture for sure. I wish I could remember my French from high school, but I don’t. I can only count to 10."
In addition to her passions for international guest services and communication, she has a passion for Park City.
"I like face-to-face interaction and being able to work with a wide variety of backgrounds and international people, but this an exciting place to be," she said. "Park City is making a name for itself. Year-round we’re a contender as an international destination."
"There is a huge international interest and it’s growing," she continued. "We have seen a lot of growth from South America and Mexico specifically. We also have great relationships with the U.K. and Australia. We want to make it known to the international visitor what Park City has to offer."
Jensen said the Chamber/Bureau is coming up with new ways to track how many international guests Park City attracts.
"We’re going to be tracking the number of visitors we have internationally and where they’re coming from so we can track the growth more accurately and allocate our efforts to those areas," she said.
Before taking on her new responsibilities at the Chamber/Bureau, Jensen worked for Marriott Hotels and The Deer Valley Club, both in guest services. Most recently she worked for a local brokerage.
"Before I came to the Chamber I was with Wachovia Securities here in town as a sales assistant for three brokers in the office," she said. "It’s just a satellite branch here."
Since she moved to Park City from the East Coast as a child, Jensen said she has planned to leave the mountains and go back to her roots, but now she calls Utah home.
"I graduated from high school here in 1994 and got my degree from the University of Utah," she said. "A handful of the people I’ve graduated with have moved away and come back home. I have a love for the East Coast. It’s definitely a part of who I am, but I love Park City. I’ve made it my home. I love it here."
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