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Hotel Company Names New Vice President of Operations

Danika Smith-Josiah will provide support, training and guidance to general managers nationwide. Scarlett Hotel Group in Sarasota recently named Danika Smith-Josiah as its new regional vice president of operations. Smith-Josiah, who has been working for Scarlett for four years, will now lead hotel managers within the group’s portfolio of hotels, in areas such as property maintenance, asset protection, guest service, sales, accounting and budgeting. Prior to working at SHG, Smith-Josiah worked in hospitality leadership at

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Danika Smith-Josiah promoted at Scarlett Hotel Group

Scarlett Hotel Group (SHG) has promoted Danika Smith-Josiah to regional VP of operations. After starting at SHG four years ago, her leadership skills demonstrate the skill set required to move into an executive position, the company reports. This role will provide support, training and guidance to hotel general managers nationwide in SHG’s growing hospitality portfolio. In her new role, Smith-Josiah will lead the hotel managers of SHG’s portfolio of hotels, providing guidance and direction in

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First hotel in Gladstone opens its doors

A community desperate for lodging has had its wishes come to fruition. Gladstone’s first hotel has opened at 6901 N. Oak Trafficway. Not far from the city’s Linden Square development, the $15 million Fairfield Inn & Suites Kansas City North/Gladstone is part of the Linden Square community improvement district. The hotel features 111 guest rooms and 22 executive suites. Amenities on the property include an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, cocktail lounge and breakfast offerings.

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Scarlett Hotel Group Opens the Very First Hotel in Gladstone, Missouri

Scarlett Hotel Group (SHG) announced today that its newest hotel, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Kansas City North/Gladstone, built from the ground up, is fully operational and open for business. Scarlett Hotel Group, which owns and manages the hotel, worked with officials from the City of Gladstone to ensure that the new property would meet the needs of the city and surrounding area, and be a part of the community for years to come. Located at 6901

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River Walk hotel poised for $50 million transformation into luxury property

A longtime River Walk property is booking a total transformation at the hands of new owners. Announced June 10, the Wyndham San Antonio River Walk has been purchased by Scarlet Hotel Group in a joint venture with Trailbreak Partners, and a major makeover is planned. Now closed, the property will undergo a $50 million renovation and reopen in 2023 as San Antonio’s first InterContinental hotel. The forthcoming 4-star, luxury property will boast 390 guest rooms

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Scarlett Hotel Group & Trailbreak Partners Plan New InterContinental Hotel For San Antonio

Scarlett Hotel Group (SHG) announced today that the company has purchased the former Wyndham San Antonio River Walk, located at 111 East Pecan Street in San Antonio, as part of a joint venture with Trailbreak Partners. The new owners have closed the property to begin implementing plans for a $50 million overhaul of the hotel which will be transformed to a luxury, full-service, four-star, 390-room InterContinental hotel in early 2023. Hotel Background and Future Plans Located on

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Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index Increased 14.3 Percent in July 2022

HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee, and MILWAUKEE—The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index jumped 14.3 percent in July to a level of 5,158. Year to date through the first seven months of 2022, the stock index decreased 10.4 percent. “Hotel stocks rebounded sharply and outperformed their respective benchmarks in July; relative outperformance has continued in August,” said Michael Bellisario, senior hotel research analyst and director at Baird. “Despite the big gains in July, hotel stocks did not fully recapture June’s

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Taking Care: Creating a Culture of Workplace Safety in the Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry has its fair share of visitors, with guests and employees in the building 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Compared to other sectors, hospitality employees can be more vulnerable than other team members working in different industries. In hotels, for instance, housekeepers primarily work alone, putting them at risk for sexual harassment and other acts of aggression. The number of transient guests only exacerbates this problem, as people feel less

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AC Hotel Bethesda Downtown Opens

AC Hotels by Marriott has opened the doors to its newest hotel in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, bringing the brand’s experience to an urban center near the nation’s capital. AC Hotel Bethesda Downtown has a design that strikes a balance of form and function. OTO Development, part of The Johnson Group, developed and will manage the new hotel, which is adjacent to and shares amenities with Avocet Tower, an office building developed by Stonebridge. “Like many

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Veronica Garcia of Gold Coast Premier Properties Group on What It Takes to Rise Up and Lead

Veronica M. Garcia, president and chief operating officer of the Miami-based extended-stay hotel development company Gold Coast Premier Properties Group, is among the women, who, according to the 2022 Castell Project Women in Hospitality Industry Leadership Report, represent only 10 percent of leaders in the hotel investment and development realm. As she told LODGING, she believes several habits account for her success in the “rough and tumble world” of hotel development, including asking questions, being

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Noble Investment Group Acquires a 14-Hotel Portfolio

ATLANTA—Noble Investment Group (Noble) announced the acquisition of a 14-hotel portfolio including Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt-branded properties. Noble will invest in physical enhancements across the portfolio while optimizing operations to drive market share and increase profitability. “Since the second quarter of last year, Noble has invested more than $1.5 billion across the United States in 40 hotels with approximately 6,000 rooms as we continue to capitalize on the thematic opportunity in travel and hospitality,” said

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NYU Tisch Center of Hospitality’s HI Hub Incubator Collaborates With Phocuswright

NEW YORK—The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality’s recently launched Hospitality Innovation Hub Incubator is collaborating with Phocuswright to advance innovation, guidance, and entrepreneurship for students, startups, and the university community. As an authority in travel, tourism, and hospitality market research and events, Phocuswright will provide the HI Hub Incubator and students of the Tisch Center of Hospitality with access to its full library of research reports and analysis, data

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