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New Castle Hotels and Resorts Names Jim Wefers as General Manager of the
Inns at Armory Square in Syracuse, New York

The 78-room Residence Inn and 102-room Courtyard by Marriott Combination Hotel Property
is Under Development by a Joint Venture between RHS Holdings and New Castle
with a Spring 2013 Opening Planned

SHELTON, Conn./ SYRACUSE, N.Y., November 2, 2012—Officials of New Castle Hotels and Resorts, a leading hotel owner, operator and developer, today named Jim Wefers general manager of the Inns at Armory Square, a  78-room Residence Inn and 102-room Courtyard by Marriott combination hotel in the Armory Square district of downtown Syracuse.  The hotels are being developed by a joint venture between RHS Holdings, LLC, a prominent Syracuse-based real estate development firm, and New Castle.  The Inns at Armory Square are on track to open in the spring of next year.

“Jim has nearly 20 years of hospitality-industry experience, working with such companies as Marriott International and Interstate Hotels & Resorts,” said Gerry Chase, president and COO of New Castle Hotels and Resorts.  “That made him the perfect candidate to lead the first new build hotel in downtown Syracuse in more than 50 years.  I am confident that his focused leadership will allow the Inns at Armory Square to become market leaders with a minimum of ramp-up time.”

“The Inns at Armory Square offer us a unique opportunity to create our own identity in a prospering community,” said Wefers.  “The area is in the midst of a progressive revitalization program that has developed both office and residential buildings, including more than two dozen bars and restaurants, salons and boutique shops.  Couple with that with a team that will be committed to providing the highest level of service and accommodations at affordable pricing and I am certain that we will be able to please both the extended-stay and the transient guests this hotel was custom designed to serve.”

Prior to joining New Castle, Wefers was general manager of the 139-condominium Golden Eagle Lodge, where he helped develop an incentive program and brand standards that improved guest satisfaction scores.  During this, he was executive director of marketing for the Waterville Valley Resort Association and constructed the resort’s funding structure.  He also was general manager of the Secaucus/Meadowlands Courtyard by Marriott in New Jersey.

About New Castle Hotels & Resorts
Based in Shelton Connecticut, New Castle Hotels & Resorts owns and operates more than 26 hotels and resorts in the United States and Canada.  The privately-held company consistently ranks among the top 100 hotel management and development companies in the United States and is a preferred operator for major US hotel brands.


Lauralee Dobbins
Daly Gray, Inc.


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