FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, ELITE RESORTS & SPAS
VP Education 2013-2014, Society of Incentive Travel Exectuives, Southern California Chapter
Rita Connor, Founder and President of Elite Resorts & Spas has been selling luxury properties to the meetings and travel industry for over 20 years. She was Regional Director of Sales for Meridien Hotels for five years and Regional Director of Sales for Preferred Hotels and Resorts in Los Angeles for over six years. She achieved Top Revenue Producer for Preferred Hotels & Resorts for 1998 and 2000. In 1998, Rita had a life-changing experience at Miraval Resort, a renowned, destination spa resort just outside of Tucson. Rita was leading the hectic, corporate lifestyle that is so common these days and the entire Miraval spa experience which included tai chi, spa treatments, meditation classes, morning hikes in the desert, cooking classes and fitness evaluations really made an impact on Rita’s life. She then made a commitment to spread the word about spas with other “burned-out” members of the corporate world. Her passion and knowledge about the transformative powers of spa resorts has led Rita to represent some of the top resorts and spas in Western North America. We would like to bring the “heart” back into corporate America through these spa experiences which can truly rejuvenate, uplift and enhance people’s lives. Rita Connor’s current travel industry affiliations are MPI, SITE and PROST. She is an avid environmentalist who has served on the Board of Directors of Green Suites and Earth Service in Los Angeles. She worked with the Los Angeles County Mayor’s Office to establish Hotel Recycling Programs in Los Angeles and she has spoken in five states on Hotel Recycling Programs and the “Greening of the Hospitality Industry”. Rita Connor has also spoken at UCLA, Los Angeles on EcoTourism and produced a video on the “Extra Helpings Program” which channels excess hotel food to the homeless. Rita also organizes monthly “Salon” Evenings in Los Angeles where people come together to discuss current topics and world concerns with the intention of learn ing about our power – as individuals and as a group – to make a difference. Another division of Elite Resorts & Spas, “Elite Retreats” creates and develops rejuvenating group retreats to the member resorts. These retreats to resorts like Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Sundance Resort and Ojai Valley Inn & Spa take advantage of shoulder and off- season rates in order to give attendees the best value and generate business to the resorts in their need periods. Elite Retreats include a combination of inspirational classes, wine tasting, cooking classes, chi gong, tai chi, yoga, feng shui and many more topics.