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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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Safeguarding Data: Concord Hospitality CIO on Preventing Cybercrime

Unlike building security, cybersecurity is an area where criminals are continually finding new technological means to their ends. Thus, hotel operators must stay up to date on best practices to fend off data theft. “Cyber threats are continuously evolving,” said Brian Cornell, chief information officer at Concord Hospitality, which manages nearly 150 hotels. “It’s become an industry of its own. For example, criminals can purchase tools on the dark web to craft or use code

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Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Completes Phase One of Renovation

LAS VEGAS—The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas announced the phase one completion of a property-wide transformation, which includes a floor-to-ceiling redesign of all guestrooms and suites; upgrades to all 15,000+ square feet of meeting and event space; and a new arrival experience with the redesign and relocation of the 23rd-floor lobby and front desk to the ground floor. “We are thrilled to debut the highly anticipated first phase of our property-wide transformation of Waldorf Astoria Las

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Noble House Chooses Infor’s Property Management System

NEW YORK—Infor announced that Noble House Hotels & Resorts selected Infor Hospitality Management Solution (HMS) for its property management system (PMS) of record. The organization decided to remove its existing PMS system and fully standardize it on the Infor cloud-based platform. Noble House has completed go-lives at 10 properties, with an additional 12 slated for 2024. With Infor, Noble House has access to technology that will unify operations, deliver guest experiences, and implement and execute

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IHG Hotels & Resorts Opens a New Crowne Plaza in Canada

ATLANTA—IHG Hotels & Resorts recently opened a new Crowne Plaza hotel in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, following a conversion and renovation. Located near Saint John Airport and within walking distance to downtown Saint John, Crowne Plaza Saint John Harbour View offers a range of spaces and amenities for business or leisure including 135 guestrooms, 5,500 square feet of meeting spaces, and a business center. The pet-friendly property also includes a heated indoor pool and

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CoStar: U.S. Weekly Hotel Performance Shows Mixed Results

WASHINGTON—U.S. hotel performance showed mixed year-over-year comparisons, according to CoStar’s latest data through Nov. 18, 2023. U.S. Hotel Performance November 12-18, 2023 Percentage change from comparable week in 2022Occupancy: 62.4 percent (down 0.6 percent)ADR: $156.47 (up 7.0 percent)RevPAR: $97.61 (up 6.3 percent) Among the Top 25 Markets, Boston saw the largest year-over-year occupancy lift (up 11.0 percent to 77.2 percent). Helped by the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, Las Vegas posted the largest increases

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MHG Hotels Acquires Courtyard West Palm Beach Airport

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida—MHG Hotels announced the recent acquisition of Courtyard West Palm Beach Airport, marking a milestone in the company’s growth. The property offers 103 guestrooms designed to provide guests with a contemporary environment, and its amenities include an outdoor pool & spa, a full-service bistro, and access to the Tri-Rail, Brightline, and West Palm Beach International Airport. “We are thrilled to welcome Courtyard West Palm Beach Airport to the MHG family,” said Sanjay

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