News for the Hospitality Executive
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (August 2009) – The Oasis Hotel, a luxury corporate and leisure travel property, is scheduled to open at VictoryLand Greyhound Park in Shorter, Ala., on Nov. 1. The hotel and an adjoining conference center will employ up to 150 people.
In related news, 25-year hospitality veteran Rusti Price has been named to oversee the Oasis Hotel as general manager. She most recently served as the director of sales and marketing for the Wynfrey Hotel at Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala.
Located just 18 miles east of downtown Montgomery, the state-of-the-art property will feature 300 luxury guest rooms and suites, a fine-dining restaurant called Whitfield's Steakhouse, O's Lobby Bar, and the O Brew cafe' offering Starbuck's coffees. An 80,000-square-foot conference center for groups of all kinds will open in late 2010. Guests will only have to walk a few steps to watch live greyhound and simulcast races or play one of the more than 6,000 bingo games at Quincy's Triple Seven Bingo.
"The Oasis Hotel will be a state-of-the-art lodging and/or meetings option for corporate and leisure travelers and groups in the growing Montgomery area, or anyone traveling on I-85." Price said. "Gaming enthusiasts can enjoy the activities at VictoryLand, as well as the many nationally known attractions in Montgomery, Tuskegee and Auburn. The hotel will be at an upscale service level with luxurious bedding, large-screen TV's, and 24-hour guest room dining."
The Oasis Hotel is currently taking reservations for stays beginning on Nov. 1. For more information, or to make a reservation, call (800) 688-2946 or 334-727-0540, or visit http://www.OasisHotel.us. Meeting planners can contact the property for future bookings by calling (334) 720-1149 or sending an e-mail to Bill.Dowling@mcgp.us. Individuals also can write the hotel at The Oasis Hotel, Macon County Greyhound Park, 8680 County Road 40, P.O. Box 128, Shorter, AL 36075.
The general manager noted that the hotel plans to hire professionals for positions in sales, convention services, guest services, catering and engineering. Job applications may be submitted to the VictoryLand Human Resources Department beginning July 31.
Price has worked in hotel management, food, beverage, sales and meeting services for several hotels in the Birmingham area. She most recently served as the director of sales and marketing for the award-winning Wynfrey Hotel at Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala. Before that, she was the director of operations for Integral Hospitality and general manager for the Tutwiler Hotel in Birmingham; a Rooms Division executive for the Wynfrey Hotel; the director of operations for HP Hotels; and a co-owner of Hospitality Business Solutions in Birmingham.
She gained statewide notoriety in 1995 by becoming the first recipient of the Alabama Hospitality Association’s Pineapple Award for leadership and dedication to the Alabama tourism industry. In 2003, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley presented her the Alabama Commendation Medal and the Alabama Faithful Service Medal. The same year, she received a Volunteer Award from the U.S. Army (Europe and Seventh Army) in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She was appointed to the Alabama Hospitality Hall of Fame in 2001.
"I'm delighted to oversee the opening of Alabama's newest luxury hotel," Price added. "My goal will be to assemble an outstanding staff and help develop the property's reputation as the top meetings and corporate and leisure travel destination in the Southeast."
The Oasis Hotel will have 300 guest rooms, including eight luxury suites. All accommodations will include plush bedding, 32-inch LCD TV's, touch-screen phones, and 24-hour room service. Whitfield's Steakhouse will offer signature beef and seafood, as well as fine wines from an extensive wine collection. The hotel's conference center will be able to handle conventions, meetings, concerts and trade shows. The adjoining VictoryLand is open every day of the year.
The VictoryLand complex is owned by Milton McGregor of Montgomery. The contractor for the Oasis Hotel project is Brasfield and Gorrie. The architect is Evan Terry & Associates. The hotel site is located off Interstate 85 at Exit 22 in Shorter, Ala., just 27 miles from the Montgomery Regional Airport.
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