“Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand sold to Blackstone in $4.6B deal - Las Vegas Review-Journal” plus 2 more

“Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand sold to Blackstone in $4.6B deal - Las Vegas Review-Journal” plus 2 moreMandalay Bay, MGM Grand sold to Blackstone in $4.6B deal - Las Vegas Review-Journal6 killed, 13 injured in Las Vegas apartment building fire - The Associated PressMGM Resorts Decides To Sell Mandalay Bay & MGM Grand Properties - casinowebsitesNewsMandalay Bay, MGM Grand sold to Blackstone in $4.6B deal - Las Vegas Review-JournalPosted: 14 Jan 2020 06:40 AM PSTMGM Grand and Mandalay Bay are getting a new landlord in a $4.6 billion deal, just a few months after the Bellagio sold for billions.New York financial giant The Blackstone Group, the Bellagio's new landlord, announced Tuesday it agreed to form a joint venture to acquire the additional MGM Resorts International properties on the Strip. The deal is expected to close this quarter.MGM's real estate investment trust, MGM Growth Properties, will own 50.1 percent of the joint venture and said the deal values the resorts at $4.6 …

“JW Marriott Nashville Rounds Out Executive Team - TravelPulse” plus 2 more

“JW Marriott Nashville Rounds Out Executive Team - TravelPulse” plus 2 more

JW Marriott Nashville Rounds Out Executive Team - TravelPulse

Posted: 19 Mar 2018 12:00 AM PDT

WHY IT RATES: The new JW Marriott will open this summer with more than 500 guestrooms. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer

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JW Marriott Nashville is pleased to announce the appointments of seven key leadership positions to the Turnberry Associates-owned hotel slated to open this summer.

The team expands with Silvia San Martin as director of sales and marketing, Michael Klein as director of food and beverage, Susie McDaniel as director of people and culture, Lindsay Staniszewski as director of marketing, Ross Bruce as director of revenue management, Michael Edwards as director of finance and Steve Vaughn as director of engineering. Bringing a combined 115 years of extensive hospitality experience to JW Marriott Nashville, the newest executive members will ensure the success of the highly anticipated property.

"We've established a seasoned team of professionals, each bringing their diverse background and experience to create a refreshing perspective on hospitality," said Lukus Kindlesparker, general manager of the JW Marriott Nashville. "Having strong, well-rounded executives is critical to a successful and impactful opening. We are confident that under this leadership, the JW Marriott Nashville is perfectly positioned to be a leader in the luxury hospitality space in Nashville and beyond."

The 533-room JW Marriott Nashville is slated to open in Summer 2018 and will feature a trio of award-winning restaurants, including Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak, a full-service Spa by JW, a heated rooftop pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

The hotel's distinctive elliptical shape, conceptualized by esteemed architecture firm Arquitectonica, and its stunning and sleek interior, created by design firm Stonehill Taylor, embodies the creative spirit of Nashville while exuding the approachable luxury of the renowned JW Marriott brand. Located within a two-mile radius of Nashville's most treasured landmarks and offering 50,000 square feet of flexible event space equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual and wireless technology, the property will become a must-visit destination in Music City.

Silvia San Martin, Director of Sales and Marketing

Overseeing all planning and implementation of sales strategies, San Martin works with her team of sales managers to maximize hotel revenue in all market segments.

Fostering and forging key business and client relationships, San Martin works to optimize the reach of the $250 million hotel regionally, nationally and internationally. She also oversees the recruitment, training, and operations of the business travel sales and catering sales teams.

Prior to joining the JW Marriott Nashville project, San Martin spent nearly 20 years working for Omni Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, San Martin served for four years as the director of sales at the 800-room Omni Nashville Hotel, where she spearheaded the sales efforts both pre- and post-opening.

San Martin is a graduate of University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton & Restaurant Management.

Michael Klein, Director of Food and Beverage

Klein oversees the property's three food and beverage outlets, all banquet and catering services, as well as in-room dining. He works to maintain high standards of quality, service and merchandise to maximize hotel profitability. Prior to his time with Turnberry Associates, Klein served as the director of hotel operations for the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

With nearly 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Klein has worked for a number of high-grossing properties, including the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa as director of restaurants and Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center as general manager of fine dining restaurants.

Klein has worked as general manager for both Garden Conservatory Restaurants and Delta Island Restaurants, both organizations which owned and managed restaurants within Gaylord Opryland.

Michael graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with his Bachelor of Arts from the School of Public Affairs. He then went on to obtain his Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University in New York.

Susie McDaniel, Director of People and Culture

In her role, McDaniel oversees all talent acquisition and retention efforts, training and development, total rewards, hotel policy development and management, employee relations activities and overall hotel workforce strategy.

Prior to joining the JW Marriott Nashville team, McDaniel served as the market director of human resources in Los Angeles, California, overseeing The Ritz-Carlton, The Ritz-Carlton Residences L.A. LIVE, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and Courtyard & Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.

Before her time in Los Angeles, McDaniel served as vice president of human resources for The Light Group/Hakkasan Group in Las Vegas. McDaniel has also worked as vice president of human resources for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and MGM Resorts International Properties, including the Mirage Hotel & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

With more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, McDaniel has pioneered human resource initiatives to enhance and support overall revenue growth, while also developing cultures of learning and associate engagement.

Lindsay Staniszewski, Director of Marketing

As a strategic leader for the property, Staniszewski oversees all marketing, public relations, advertising, digital media and brand creative.

Working closely with the sales and revenue management leaders, Staniszewski is responsible for ensuring all external marketing efforts align with the property's overarching financial goals, directly impacting the overall revenue.

Prior to joining the JW Marriott Nashville project, Staniszewski oversaw marketing for the Omni Nashville Hotel, where she helped to garner numerous accolades for the hotel and for the hotel's outlets.

Before stepping into the world of hospitality, Staniszewski worked for notable brands, including Under Armour, Sony Corporation of America and Pandora Jewelry, serving as a key communications leader, both internally and externally.

Staniszewski graduated from the University of Maryland College Park, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Ross Bruce, Director of Revenue Management

As an instrumental leader of JW Marriott Nashville, Bruce is responsible for driving top-line revenue and market share through the implementation of strategic pricing and inventory controls.

Understanding the trends in the local market, Bruce ensures that all business decisions are made with the financial goals of the property at the forefront. He also oversees the reservations team and works closely with the sales and marketing leaders to manage e-commerce business.

Prior to JW Marriott Nashville, Bruce served as the director of revenue management at The Westin Charlotte, a 700-room property in the heart of the city.

He has more than 10 years of experience working in the hospitality industry in both operations and revenue management. After spending time at the W Atlanta – Buckhead, Bruce was promoted to lead the revenue support team for eight Starwood Hotels & Resorts properties, which included Westin, Sheraton, W and St. Regis brands.

A graduate of Georgia State University, Bruce earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Administration.

Michael Edwards, Director of Finance

In his role, Edwards provides financial expertise across all hotel disciplines to maximize the return on investment and ensure successful implementation of the Turnberry Hospitality service strategies.

Edwards is responsible for the creation and execution of JW Marriott Nashville's business plan and ensures that all business operations are aligned with the company's financial goals.

Prior to joining the JW Marriott Nashville, Edwards served as director of finance and accounting at Gaylord Opryland. Edwards has worked in the hospitality industry for nearly 20 years, with experience in both operations and financial management. This is his second JW Marriott property, as he spent nearly five years working for the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. Edwards has worked at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar, the Seattle Marriott Waterfront and at multiple high-grossing waterparks across the country.

Edwards is a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He then went on to graduate from Texas State University with his Master of Business Administration.

Steve Vaughn, Director of Engineering

In his position, Vaughn leads, manages and directs daily operations and maintenance of all hotel properties, infrastructure, and facilities. As the lead engineer on site, he manages, directs and coordinates CAPEX planning and projects and development of the brand-new property.

Prior to joining the JW Marriott Nashville, Vaughn spent time working for the Loews brand, at the Loews New Orleans Hotel in Louisiana, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Tennessee and the Loews Portofino Bay in Florida. With over 20 years of experience working in the hospitality industry, Vaughn prides himself on understanding the "ins" and "outs" of all hotel operations, ensuring seamless execution across all departments–and therefore a seamless experience for the guest.

SOURCE: JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts press release.

Aloft Hotels Comes to Ocean City Maryland, Offering New Lifestyle… - Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Posted: 24 Apr 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Aloft Ocean City is locate at 4501 Coastal Highway, just steps from the boardwalk and beach.

"The sleek design and energetic vibe can't be found anywhere else in Ocean City, so we can't wait for our guests to begin enjoying the Aloft lifestyle in this popular resort town," said Todd Burbage, Blue Water co-owner.


Aloft Hotels, in partnership with East Coast hospitality specialist Blue Water Development and Real Hospitality, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest hotel for the next generation of travelers, Aloft Ocean City. Taking a design-driven, tech-forward approach to modern hospitality, this 120-room, pet-friendly hotel is located in the 45th Street Village on the bayside of Ocean City and is expected to officially open May 2, 2019.

Aloft Ocean City will be equipped with beautifully appointed common areas; a state-of-the-art fitness center; an indoor and outdoor pool, including a poolside bar and private balconies overlooking Isle of Wight Bay. It will also feature two bay-facing event spaces totaling 3,250 square-feet, ideal for both business functions and weddings, as well as a 380 square-foot space perfect for corporate meetings and other intimate gatherings. The hotel is one of the first examples of the refreshed design approach for Aloft Hotels globally; with modern features such as check-in pods, light and airy loft-like guest rooms, public spaces designed for live music events and the latest technology.

"As Blue Water's first new construction in Ocean City, it's been thrilling to watch the Aloft come alive and reflect our vibrant coastal atmosphere," said Todd Burbage, Blue Water co-owner. "The sleek design and energetic vibe can't be found anywhere else in Ocean City, so we can't wait for our guests to begin enjoying the Aloft lifestyle in this popular resort town."

To energize for a day at the beach, guests can grab on-the-go breakfast options from Re:fuel by Aloft℠, the 24/7 one-stop shop for snacks and bites, including Aloft's innovative new portable breakfast "pots". In the evenings, they can enjoy signature cocktails and a full American bar menu at the W XYZ® bar, accompanied by live music from the brand's Live at Aloft Hotels music program. After taking in one of Ocean City's 200 restaurants, 10-mile beach, unique attractions and craft brewery scene, guests can unwind in rooms featuring plush platform beds, custom Aloft bath amenities by Bliss Spa, walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads and more. Four-legged guests will enjoy Arf℠, Aloft's pet program that offers branded beds, bowls, treats and toys.

"Aloft Hotels are different by design, aiming to give today's modern, tech-savvy traveler an energized experience that includes everything they need and nothing that they don't," said Bridget Higgins, senior global brand director, Aloft Hotels. "We're thrilled to be bringing this innovative concept to Ocean City, particularly as it is one of the first examples of our future-proofed design for Aloft Hotels worldwide."

In addition to bringing the first lifestyle hotel to Ocean City, Aloft will provide at least 60 jobs to the area once open.

"Infusing jobs and business opportunities into our local economy is very important to us," added Burbage. "Locally-sourced builders are always a priority for us; we employed over 100 individuals from local construction companies to work on the Aloft. We're proud to collaborate with our hometown business partners to provide an exciting new option for our Ocean City visitors."

The hotel will officially kick off the 2019 season with a cocktail reception opening event on May 21, 2019.

Aloft Ocean City is located at 4501 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21842. Learn more and book reservations by visiting http://www.aloftoceancity.com or calling 443-373-0800.

Note on forward-looking statements: This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, including the number of properties the company may add in future years and similar statements concerning possible future events or expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including changes in market conditions; changes in global and regional economies; supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance growth and refurbishment; and other risk factors that we identify in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply here. We make these statements as of the date of this press release, and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Aloft Hotels

With over 150 hotels now open in more than 20 countries and territories around the world, Aloft Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., delivers a fresh approach to the traditional staid hotel landscape. For the 'always on' next generation of traveler, the Aloft brand offers a tech-forward, vibrant experience and a modern style that is different by design. For more information, please visit http://www.alofthotels.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Aloft is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott's travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit https://www.marriott.com/loyalty.mi.

About Blue Water Development

Founded by Jack and Todd Burbage in 2002, Blue Water Development is a real estate developer specializing in commercial and hospitality properties operating in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey and North Carolina. Blue Water's diverse portfolio includes six waterfront RV resort properties: The Resort at Massey's Landing in Millsboro, DE, Chincoteague Island KOA Resort in Chincoteague, VA, Cape Charles/Chesapeake Bay KOA Resort in Cape Charles, VA, Salmon Falls KOA in Lebanon, ME, Strafford KOA in Strafford, NH and Outer Banks West KOA in Coinjock, NC; nine hotels: Bethany Beach Ocean Suites in Bethany Beach, DE, The Bay Resort in Dewey Beach, DE, The Commander Hotel in Ocean City, MD, Aloft Hotel in Ocean City, MD, Drifting Sands Hotel in Ship Bottom, NJ, Fairfield Inn & Suites Chincoteague Island, VA, Sunset Beach Hotel in Cape Charles, VA, Atlantic Oceanfront Inn in Ocean City, MD and Holiday Inn Express in Bethany Beach, DE; and three recreational venues: Blue Water Golf, Maui Jacks Waterpark on Chincoteague Island, VA, and Sea Rocket in Ocean City, MD.

Raising the bar in the real estate industry, Blue Water has earned a stellar reputation for its commitment and dedication to the development and constant improvement of superior properties known for their sophisticated designs, gracious floor plans and superior amenities. Blue Water's approach to family hospitality was featured nationally on the "Informed" series in early 2018. For more information and to watch the episode, visit http://www.bwdc.com.

About Real Hospitality Group

Ocean City, Maryland-based Real Hospitality Group (RHG), with offices in New York City and Ft. Lauderdale, is a full-service hotel management company. Real Hospitality Group has grown to become one of the top 15 U.S. hotel operating companies. RHG portfolio includes over 104 hotels open and in development in key markets and resort destinations.

The company is a recognized service provider for leading brands including Marriott International, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, Choice Hotels International, Inc., Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Red Lion Hotels Corporation as well as a growing portfolio of independent luxury boutique hotels including the MADE, the Boro Hotel and Hotel Americano in New York City and Ruschmeyers in Montauk, NY. RHG focuses on comprehensive development management services, revenue performance, guest experience and business development for hotels, resorts and investment ownership groups.  For more information about Real Hospitality, please visit http://www.realhospitalitygroup.com.

Olympia Hotel Management Properties Win Multiple Awards - Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Posted: 11 Apr 2019 12:00 AM PDT

"These awards are a tribute to the incredible management teams we have at each of these properties," said Sara Masterson, SVP Hotel Management for The Olympia Companies.


Five properties managed by Olympia Hotel Management have been singled out for an array of industry awards and recognition in recent months, including SOPHY® Hyde Park, The Alfond Inn at Rollins, Hilton Garden Inn Durham-University Medical Center, Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park and Howard Johnson by Wyndham Portsmouth.

"These awards are a tribute to the incredible management teams we have at each of these properties," said Sara Masterson, SVP Hotel Management for The Olympia Companies. "It acknowledges great people who are always striving to be their best and do exceptional work in hospitality."


SOPHY® Hyde Park, the new 98-room boutique hotel located in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, was named one of "The Best New Hotels in the World" by the editors of Travel Leisure. The magazine says that "Open only since last fall, The Sophy has quickly become the social hub of Hyde Park." The groundbreaking boutique hotel is now on T L's 2019 "It List."

Developed by The Olympia Companies and SMART Hotels, and managed by Olympia Hotel Management, SOPHY® features Mesler Kitchen, a fitness center and a private dining room. The hotel is located near the site of the future Barack Obama Presidential Center, the University of Chicago and the Museum of Science & Industry and is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection.


The Alfond Inn at Rollins was singled out once again as a top hotel in the Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Readers' Choice Awards. The hotel was also named Central Florida's Best Wedding Venue by the Orlando Sentinel's Best Bets awards for the second year in a row as well as the Best Local Hotel for Meetings and the Best Local Place for Weddings by the Orlando Business Journal.

The 112-room boutique hotel is located in the heart of historic Winter Park, close to Orlando. Owned by Rollins College and managed by Olympia Hotel Management, The Alfond Inn is distinguished by its philanthropic mission, directing all of its net operating income to scholarships. It is also the only hotel in the United States that serves as a formal extension of an art museum, exhibiting a rotating collection of 350-plus artworks from the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, which is part of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College.


The Hilton Garden Inn Durham-University Medical Center continues to be recognized by Hilton for its outstanding service. The hotel has just won its third Pride Merit Award from Hilton. The award is given to the top 5% of properties within the brand that have excelled in all brand requirements. The award demonstrates the highest commitment to brand standards, guest satisfaction, and loyalty.

Both General Manager Abigail Flynn and Director of Sales Traci Kessler were also singled out for their performance with a Merit Award each. They have each previously received Merit Awards as well as General Manager and Director of Sales of the Year awards, respectively. This year's awards bring the hotel's total to 18, including a two-time win of the prestigious Connie Hotel of the Year in North America Award, named after Hilton founder Conrad Hilton, for being the best hotel in brand.

The Hilton Garden Inn Durham-University Medical Center features 128 guest rooms and 1,850 square feet of meeting space. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center, in-room Keurig coffee maker, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool and dining at the Garden Grille and Bar.


Ivy Arndt, Director of Sales for Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park, was recognized as the Director of Sales of the Year for Hyatt Place properties. The hotel, which opened in 2015, is owned by Stark Enterprises, was co-developed by The Olympia Companies and is managed by Olympia Hotel Management.

Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park features 110 guestrooms and suites and 850 square feet of meeting space. The hotel offers complimentary WiFi, a Gallery Kitchen Breakfast for guests, a 24/7 Gallery Menu & Market, Coffee to Cocktails Bar, a 24-hour business center, an indoor pool, and fitness center. Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park is 13 miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and less than 20 miles from downtown Cleveland.


The newly renovated Howard Johnson by Wyndham Portsmouth was just recognized with a "Best of Award" from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. The "Best of" awards are presented annually to an elite group of hotels that are evaluated on specific criteria including hotel quality, guest feedback, and Wyndham Rewards compliance. These hotels and their teams bring the spirit of hospitality to life and fuel the success of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts many brands.

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Portsmouth is managed by Olympia Hotel Management and offers 61 guest rooms with work space, mini-refrigerator, microwave, flat-screen TV with HBO, as well as a coffee and tea maker. The hotel offers free breakfast each morning, a business center, a fitness center and free high-speed WiFi. Ample free parking is available onsite.

Olympia Hotel Management is a division of The Olympia Companies, an innovative leader in high profile real estate development, equity investment and hospitality management projects in the U.S. Currently working with a portfolio of 23 properties nationwide, Olympia Hotel Management is known for managing a new breed of customized campus hotels such as The Alfond Inn at Rollins; independently-owned luxury boutique hotels like The Glen House, SOPHY® Hyde Park and Inn by the Sea; and receiving multiple best-in-class awards for its work with such select-service brands as Wyndham, Hyatt Place, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn. For more information, visit https://theolympiacompanies.com/services/hotel-management/


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