McKibbon Hospitality Appoints John Loute as Opening General Manager at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland

/McKibbon Hospitality Appoints John Loute as Opening General Manager at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland

McKibbon Hospitality Appoints John Loute as Opening General Manager at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland

|2019-11-06T13:34:10-05:00November 5th, 2019|

LAKELAND, Fla. (November 5, 2019) –McKibbon Hospitality, an award-winning leader in hotel management, today announced the appointment of hospitality veteran John Loute as General Manager of SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland. Beginning his new role on November 4, Loute will be responsible for overseeing all operations for the 126-room, all-suites hotel, which is slated to open in downtown Lakeland in spring 2020.

“We are excited to have John join the McKibbon family to oversee the opening and operations of downtown Lakeland’s newest hotel,” said Todd Kinney, McKibbon Hospitality regional vice president of operations. “John’s hospitality management experience and his passion for the Lakeland community make him the ideal leader for this project.”

Loute brings more than 20 years of hospitality management experience to the new SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland. Most recently, John served as General Manager for La Quinta Inn & Suites – Lakeland. Prior to his stint at La Quinta, he worked for Lakeland-based HI Development, Inc. as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Avenue Hotel in Lakeland, overseeing a sales team and directing the development and execution of the hotel’s marketing plan. He attended the University of South Florida and currently serves on the boards of directors for the Lakeland Hotel/Motel Association and Visit Central Florida’s Tourist Development Council.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland is owned by Lakeland Hospitality Group, which is managed by Wesley Barnett. Tomlinson Construction is serving as the project’s development manager, overseeing the build and day-to-day construction efforts provided by general contractor Rodda Construction. McKibbon Places, an Atlanta-based company focused on hotel development and renovations, is consulting on the development of the hotel, which will be managed by Tampa-based McKibbon Hospitality.

Catering to visitors of the neighboring RP Funding convention center, the five-story SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland will boast spacious guest rooms, 4,000 square-feet of meeting space, a full-service bar and lounge, outdoor pool and patio with fire pit, and 24-hour fitness room. Along with an inviting atmosphere and impeccable customer service, the hotel will offer guests all the SpringHill Suites brand amenities they are accustomed to, including free hot breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24/7 market with “grab and go” options, and furniture packages from the modern home brand, West Elm.

About SpringHill Suites by Marriott

SpringHill Suites by Marriott is an all-suite hotel brand that offers guests the little extras to help them enjoy their time away. The brand is a fresh take on mixing business and pleasure, as it allows travelers to expect the unexpected and indulge in the little things that make their trip more exciting. Featuring spacious and stylish suites, the well-designed room layouts that allow guests to relax and reenergize. Launched in 1998, the brand currently has more than 350 locations in the United States and Canada. SpringHill Suites participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the SpringHill Suites toll-free number at 888-287-9400, visit www.springhillsuites.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/springhillsuites.

About Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 132 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company now offers one travel program, Marriott Bonvoy™, replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG).  For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

About McKibbon Hospitality

Headquartered in Tampa, FL, McKibbon Hospitality creates memorable hospitality experiences that inspire brand and property loyalty. It’s how we’ve grown into one of the largest (and most awarded) hotel management companies in the country. We operate hotels for Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and other iconic hospitality brands. We guide every facet of hospitality management, including hotel openings, operations and renovations. Our legacy is built on a foundation of integrity, anchored in how we value our guests, treat our associates and partners, and give back to our communities. Visit McKibbon.com to learn more.

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