Element Times Square West Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Led by General Manager Mark Kulecki

May 22, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (May 22, 2019) — The extended-stay Element Times Square West — just a few blocks from the popular new Hudson Yards and its iconic Vessel — has completed a multi-million dollar renovation, it was announced today by Mark Kulecki, General Manager. The property originally opened in 2009. According to Mr. Kulecki, the project encompassed a complete redesign of the lobby and breakfast area, a re-imagined front desk, and new furniture, window treatments, and paint and wall coverings for all guest rooms. Additionally, there is brand-new fitness equipment in the gym to promote a healthy life style. Some of the more...

Ocean House Management Appoints Christine Smith as General Manager at The Inn at Hastings Park

The Inn at Hastings Park | May 22, 2019

LEXINGTON, MA (May 22, 2019) -- Ocean House Management Collection is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Smith as General Manager at The Inn at Hastings Park. In her new role, Christine will oversee daily operations of the boutique luxury property. Christine joins The Inn at Hastings Park after serving as Corporate Director of Luxury Sales & Strategic Partnerships at Ocean House Management Collection. She previously held the positions of Director of Rooms and Director of Guest Relations for the Ocean House, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA's only Five Diamond hotel in Rhode Island. Prior to that, she served as a Manager at Th...

La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Appoints Marco Foelske as Resort Manager

La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort | May 22, 2019

LA QUINTA, California (May 22, 2019) – La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort announces the appointment of Marco Foelske as Resort Manager. Nested beneath the Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta Resort & Club is known as the original Hollywood hideaway where Foelske will oversee the day-to-day operations at the iconic, 777 room resort. In addition, Foelske will work closely with staff to ensure all resort functions are efficient and organized across the resort's amenities including 41 outdoor pools, 21 tennis courts, seven distinctive restaurants and the award-winning Spa La Quinta. An industry veteran with over 25 years o...

SANGHA Retreat By OCTAVE Institute Appoints Alan Navarrete as Spa Director

SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute | May 22, 2019

22nd May 2019 – SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Navarrete as Spa Director. Launching to the West this year, SANGHA Retreat lies west of Shanghai on 47-acres alongside Yangcheng Lake on the outskirts of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage site. SANGHA Retreat is a transformative, holistic health and wellness retreat providing an immersive experience in nature, healing and harmony. Embracing ancient Chinese wisdom backed by Western science, SANGHA Retreat supports guests on their path to self-clarity and wellbeing, making lasting lifestyle changes through customised programmes that inclu...

Noble Hires Beth Hogberg as Director of Asset Management

Noble Investment Group | May 21, 2019

ATLANTA, GA (May 21, 2019) – Noble Investment Group ("Noble") is pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Hogberg as Director of Asset Management. In her new role, Beth will be responsible for working with the third-party management companies and on-property leadership of Noble-owned assets. Beth joins Noble with 17 years of hospitality experience and a career largely dedicated to hotel asset management. She has led the revenue efforts for hotel portfolios with a variety of brands, complexities and geographic locations. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina. "Beth is an outstanding add...

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Promotes Joe Jackson to Vice President of Food and Beverage

Marcus Hotels & Resorts | May 21, 2019

MILWAUKEE-- 21 May, 2019 -- Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced that Joe Jackson has been promoted to vice president of food and beverage. In his new position, Jackson will oversee Marcus Hotels & Resorts' catering, banquets and more than 40 signature restaurants, bars and lounges across the company's 21 properties. A seasoned hospitality industry veteran, Jackson began his tenure with Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2016 as interim general manager of Mason Street Grill, located adjacent to the company's flagship pro...

Prism Hotels & Resorts Appoints Will Traywick as Vice President of eCommerce and Digital Marketing

Prism Hotels & Resorts | May 21, 2019

DALLAS, May 21, 2019 — Dallas-based Prism Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning, full service hotel management, investment, and advisory services company, announced today that it has hired Will Traywick as vice president of eCommerce & digital marketing. Prism President & CEO Steve Van made the announcement. "As eCommerce and digital marketing continues to become an increasingly critical aspect in hotel performance, we are eager to welcome Will to our ever-growing leadership team of top talent," said Van. "Will's vast knowledge and experience in hospitality, marketing and revenue and eCommerce services will be hugely beneficial ...

Soon-to-Open Quay Perth Appoints Jay Tesorero as Executive Chef and Derek Walsh as Director of F&B

Quay Perth | May 21, 2019

PERTH, Australia (May 21, 2019) - The soon-to-open Quay Perth hotel, on the vibrant Elizabeth Quay, is already firing things up in the kitchen with the appointment of executive chef Jay Tesorero and director of F&B, Derek Walsh. The duo will work together on the hotel's two new dining outlets and event spaces – HQ Bar & Kitchen and Community at Quay. The passionate culinary experts have over three decades of combined experience in the industry. Walsh began his career at a local pub in his native Ireland. After running two different restaurants and bars there, he relocated to Australia in 2012 for a job with Novotel Perth Langley ...

The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection Welcomes Galen Zamarra as Executive Chef

Blue Sky Utah | May 21, 2019

WANSHIP, UTAH (May 21, 2019) – The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection's highly anticipated Utah property opening late May 2019, today announced the appointment of Galen Zamarra as Executive Chef. In this role, he will create an inspired culinary experience on property including Yuta, The Lodge's signature restaurant featuring authentic flavors inspired by indigenous ingredients and breathtaking views. Timed to the property opening, Yuta will welcome resort guests in late May and locals and non-hotel guests starting June 22, 2019. Zamarra joins The Lodge at Blue Sky from the highly regarded Mas (farmhouse) and Mas (la gr...

Announcing Felix Laboy as Executive Chairman of NextGuest

NextGuest | May 21, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (May 21, 2019) – NextGuest announces Felix Laboy as its new Executive Chairman with the overarching goals of continuing to drive innovation, developing new subsidiary divisions, and positioning NextGuest for future success. Laboy comes to NextGuest with a wealth of experience, having served over 30 years in a wide range of leadership positions across the hospitality, travel, and technology industries. He recently served as Founder and CEO of Encore Hospitality Solutions, a digital consulting firm, prior to which he was CEO of WayBlazer, the world's first artificial-intelligence company for travel. Laboy was the foundi...

NIZUC Resort & Spa Welcomes Alicia Acevedo as Spa Director

NIZUC Resort & Sp | May 20, 2019

Cancun, Mexico – May 20, 2019 – NIZUC Resort & Spa has hired Alicia Acevedo as Spa Director to oversee all activities surrounding the NIZUC Spa, the first ESPA-branded spa in the Mexican Caribbean. With over a decade of hospitality experience, Acevedo has served as Spa Manager at luxury resorts around Mexico. Her experience includes opening the Ikal Spa at InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa, opening the Zazil Spa at The Westin Cozumel and serving as Spa Manager at The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas. "We couldn't be more thrilled to bring such an accomplished Spa Director as Alicia into the NIZUC family," ...

Provenance Hotels Appoints Connie Shaheen as General Manager at The Revolution Hotel

Provenance Hotels | May 20, 2019

PORTLAND, ORE. (May 20, 2019) – Provenance Hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Connie Shaheen as General Manager of The Revolution Hotel, the first East Coast endeavor for the Pacific Northwest-based company. Spearheading daily operations in her new role, Shaheen will also guide revenue generation strategies, quality assurance and employee growth and engagement to continue The Revolution Hotel's path as a trailblazer, setting a new hospitality standard in Boston. A native Bostonian, Shaheen began her hospitality career at Mandarin Oriental while working on her Bachelor's degree from Boston University's School of Hospi...

Sage Hospitality Appoints Joseph Steiskal Dual General Manager for Boulder’s Embassy Suites by Hilton & Hilton Garden Inn

May 20, 2019

Boulder, Colo. (May 20, 2019) – Sage Hospitality is pleased to announce that Joseph Steiskal is now serving as the Dual General Manager overseeing Boulder's Embassy Suites by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn. Opened in November 2017, the hotels feature two five-story buildings offering a combined 376 guest rooms, along with 8,435 total square feet of meeting and event space, two state-of-the-art fitness centers, shared courtyards, two restaurants and a rooftop heated pool. With over 20 years of hospitality experience, Steiskal has held a variety of leadership positions in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Colorado with Marriott International a...

Amy Johnson Named General Manager of The Confidante Miami Beach

The Confidante Miami Beach | May 17, 2019

Miami Beach, Fla. (May 17, 2019) – Amy Johnson has been appointed general manager of The Confidante Miami Beach, effective immediately. The Confidante Miami Beach is part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, a portfolio of new and existing upper-upscale and luxury hotel properties that offer a truly differentiated stay, with personality, elegance and charm. The independent brand, which encompasses a wide range of unique properties, offers striking new adventures and unforgettable experiences. A celebrated hospitality professional with more than 30 years of industry experience, Amy most recently served as General Manager of Hy...

Drew Clarke Joins Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills as Director of Sales and Marketing

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills | May 16, 2019

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – May 17, 2019 – Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills announces the appointment of Drew Clarke as the new Director of Sales and Marketing, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the award-winning property. Clarke will oversee the sales and marketing teams, both dynamic divisions essential to the growth and success of the hotel. Clarke returns to his home state of California with his new position at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills after his career in luxury hospitality has taken him around the world. Over the last two decades, he has worked across various capacities including Food and Beverage, Huma...

Juan Carlos Gonzalez Appointed Director of Sales & Marketing at Paradisus Los Cabos and Me Cabo

May 16, 2019

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (May 16, 2019) – Meliá Hotels International is pleased to announce the appointment of Juan Carlos Gonzalez as Director of Sales & Marketing for Paradisus Los Cabos and ME Cabo. In his new role, Gonzalez will oversee the sales, revenue and marketing strategies for both the Meliá properties in Cabo. With more than twenty years of international experience in the tourism industry, Gonzalez has gained a reputation for proven results and developing successful partnerships. He has held several positions within Meliá Hotels International, including working with the Paradisus and Gran Meliá brands, before assuming t...

Manuel Ferriol Appointed General Manager of Luxurious New Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort in Vietnam

May 16, 2019

HO TRAM, Vietnam (May 16, 2019) – A seasoned professional with substantial luxury hospitality experience in Europe and Asia and an enthusiasm for employee development and relations has been appointed to the helm of the new five-star Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort. Spanish-born Manuel Ferriol is spearheading the opening of the 17-hectare beachfront property at Ho Tram, a two-hour drive from Vietnam's biggest metropolis Ho Chi Minh City. Ferriol has worked for Meliá Hotels and Resorts for the past 15 years, steadily rising through the ranks before becoming an acting resident manager at Gran Meliá Fenix in Madrid, a ...

Auro Hotels Welcomes Kirby Smith as Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Auro Hotels | May 16, 2019

Kirby Smith, an industry veteran with a proven track record of over 32 years with Marriott International, will lead revenue generation for all Auro Hotels and support the company's commitment to customer satisfaction and profitability. GREENVILLE, SC (May 17, 2019) - Auro Hotels, a leader in hospitality, is proud to welcome Kirby Smith as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. After a 32-year career with Marriott International, Smith joins the Auro team with a proven track record in sales and marketing leadership positions. Focusing on revenue generation for all hotels and supporting the company's commitment to customer satisfaction an...

Montage Laguna Beach Appoints David Serus as Executive Chef

Montage Laguna Beach | May 16, 2019

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (May 16, 2019) – Montage Laguna Beach has appointed David Serus as the resort's executive chef overseeing the culinary operations for the resort's special events, meetings, weddings and banquets, as well as lending his culinary support and business acumen to the resort's restaurants. "David brings over 25 years of luxury culinary experience, talent and management skills to this position," said resort manager Anne-Marie Houston. "We know he will make valuable contributions to Montage Laguna Beach's acclaimed food and beverage team." Serus brings his refined approach to food preparation by outsourcing the best s...

Owned by Key International and Managed by LBA Hospitality, Hampton Inn New Smyrna Beach Completes Major Renovation

Key International | May 15, 2019

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (May 17, 2019) - The Hampton Inn New Smyrna Beach (214 Flagler Avenue) has recently completed an extensive renovation of all 112 guest rooms, 1,800 square feet of meeting space, and public spaces. The comprehensive enhancements provide leisure, business and group travelers an inviting and updated feel in the picturesque coastal city of New Smyrna Beach. The property held a post renovation celebration on Wednesday, May 15th to celebrate their refreshed and updated look. "We're very excited to welcome guests to this newly renovated property," said Farrah Adams, Chief Operating Officer of LBA Hospitality. "The upgrad...

Teneo Hospitality Group Names April Egloff Director of Sales Midwest

Teneo Hospitality Group | May 15, 2019

Eden Prairie (Minneapolis), MN, May 15, 2019… Teneo Hospitality Group, the premier Global Group Sales Organization, has appointed April Egloff as Director of Sales Midwest. Ms. Egloff will concentrate on the US Midwest region and comes to Teneo with an outstanding track record and exceptional network of professional and personal relationships in the Midwest and beyond. "We are thrilled to welcome April to the Teneo Sales family," says President Mike Schugt. "As Teneo continues to expand, our primary goal is to add significant value for our member hotels, resorts and DMCs by hiring best-in-class sales talent. April comes to us wit...

Sonesta Appoints Mark Ernst as General Manager for Sonesta Silicon Valley

Sonesta | May 15, 2019

Newton, MA (May 15, 2019) – Sonesta International Hotels Corporation is proud to announce the appointment of Mark Ernst as General Manager for Sonesta Silicon Valley. In this role, Ernst will be charged with reopening the property after a multi-million dollar renovation which includes significant updates to the common area and guest rooms, as well as a brand new food and beverage experience. Ernst takes on this new role after establishing a proven record of accomplishment in delivering outstanding guest experiences. He has a long-standing history with Sonesta, having worked for the global hospitality brand since 2014. Most recentl...

White Lodging Names Kevin Croy General Manager of the New Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Wayne Downtown Opening Mid-July

White Lodging | May 14, 2019

MERRILLVILLE, Ind., May 14, 2019 -- White Lodging has named Kevin Croy to lead the Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Wayne Downtown team as general manager. The new 136-room Hampton Inn & Suites is scheduled to open in mid-July, and is immediately adjacent to Parkview Field and the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Croy brings decades of local hotel experience to White Lodging and was most recently the owner and operator of Fleet Feet Fort Wayne, which was voted one of the 50 Best Running Stores in America for three years. Prior to his full-time role at Fleet Feet Fort Wayne, he was a general manager at a variety of hotel properties in Fort W...

Fusion Appoints Hylton Lipkin as General Manager to Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion

Fusion | May 14, 2019

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (May 14, 2019) — Wellness-inspired hospitality brand Fusion hired former team member Hylton Lipkin earlier this year as GM of Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion, a natural hot springs resort and hotel on the outskirts of Vietnam's imperial capital Hue. Alba Wellness Valley, with its natural, mineral-rich hot springs, authentic Japanese-style onsen and open-air geothermal baths, is a member of Openasia group. Alba Wellness Valley joined the Fusion portfolio in December 2018, as the first existing hotel to be managed by the group. In the past Fusion has led the way from conception to construction to management ...

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