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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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AI: Beyond the Buzzword

About three years ago, Oracle Hospitality acquired Nor1 to deliver an AI (artificial intelligence) solution for real-time pricing and inventory management—specifically to create ancillary offers to guests—and embedded that tool into Oracle’s property management system, OPERA Cloud. Despite the availability of sophisticated AI tools, Jason Bryant, vice president of Nor1, considers the hotel industry to be in the early stages of adopting them, but expects the usage to ramp up exponentially in the next few

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Accor Releases Full-Year and Q4 2023 Results

Accor released full-year and Q4 2023 results. Driven by demand, Accor was able to set records in terms of operating and financial performance. All regions and segments experienced growth after 2022 was marked by the post-COVID pandemic recovery. All performance indicators were in line with or exceeded group guidance in 2023. This performance and the group’s confidence in continued business growth enabled the group to return a total of €676 million to its shareholders during

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Red Roof opens dual-branded property in NorCal

Red Roof has opened the dual-branded HomeTowne Studios Yuba City and Red Roof Inn Yuba City in Yuba City, CA. The HomeTowne Studios Yuba City is a 76-room extended-stay hotel that offers kitchens with full-sized refrigerators, microwaves, stove tops and activity tables with chairs. The hotel also offers weekly housekeeping and kitchen kits available for purchase at the front desk. The Red Roof Inn Yuba City is a 43-room hotel located adjacent to the HomeTowne

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Swinerton to construct $30M hotel in Georgia

Swinerton has been chosen as the general contractor for the construction of the Chambray Hotel, a five-story property in Roswell, GA. The hotel, which will be part of the JdV by Hyatt soft brand, is being developed by a joint venture between DSM Real Estate Partners and Garage Cap. “Our team of hospitality builders has ample experience in complex environments like the Chambray Hotel that requires well-timed logistics, especially with tight site conditions as the

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Wyndham chairman refutes Choice claims

In the latest exchange in Choice Hotels International‘s takeover bid of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Stephen P. Holmes, chairman, Wyndham, sent the following letter to shareholders refuting Choices’ claims that his board has refused to engage on the offer. “To Wyndham Hotels & Resorts shareholders, Earlier this week, I listened to Pat Pacious once again claim in comments on Choice Hotels’ fourth-quarter earnings call that Wyndham’s board has refused to engage on Choice’s proposed offer.

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Marriott El Paso Completes First Phase of Renovation

EL PASO, Texas—Marriott El Paso announced the completion of Phase I of its total renovation, which included all guestrooms and suites. Phase II of the renovation has begun, with a completion date of fall 2024. The hotel has proximity to the airport, downtown, and the Mexico border. Celia Dubrule Moreno, general manager, said, “Our hotel has a fascinating history. Since the hotel originally opened in 1984, we have seen many faces and welcomed many guests

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