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Hotelier John Q. Hammons Passes Away…and More

(May 2013) posted on Tue May 28, 2013

News for the week of May 27, 2013


HIRINGS/PROMOTIONS/EXECUTIVE CHANGES

Caesars Entertainment has promoted Tom Jenkin and John Payne to global president of destination markets and president of central markets/partnership development, respectively.

Hospitality technology company Eleven Wireless has hired Cyndi Shepley as senior vice president of sales. She has more than three decades of hospitality sales and marketing experience.

Max Brenner International, the New York-based Chocolate Bar chain, hired Katzie Guy-Hamilton as executive chef and director of food and beverage. Her experience includes stints at Grand Hyatt New York and New York’s Ace Hotel.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts named real estate developer Richard Friedman to its board. He has more than 40 years of development and leadership experience.

OBITUARY

Hotel developer John Q. Hammons died May 26 at age 94 in Springfield, Mo. The 52-year lodging industry veteran has been honored with numerous lifetime achievement awards. The company he founded, John Q. Hammons Hotels and Resorts, is the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the U.S., representing such brands Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resort/Spa & Convention Center and Plaza Hotels Collection. In all, the company’s stable includes 78 hotels with nearly 19,000 keys.

OPENINGS/RENOVATIONS/BRAND NEWS

Hilton Worldwide will rebrand the Abu Dhabi Al Maqta hotel as the 281-key Hilton Abu Dhabi Capital Grand in Summer 2013.

A Margaritaville complex has opened at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer Jimmy Buffett, the project includes a restaurant, bar, casino, retail store and coffee shop.

The 426-key Sonesta Gwinnett Place has opened in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth. It was formerly the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett.

New California Hotel Corp. subsidiary Met Hotel Partners will expand and rename the 200-key Met Troy Hotel in Detroit, Mich. The 17-acre site will add a 35,000-sq.-ft. retail center, a 500-seat amphitheater and a restaurant. It will remain open during renovations, which will be completed in April 2014.

MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS/ACQUISITIONS

Global Gaming Asset Management will manage the 1,000-key Baha Mar Casino & Hotel at the $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort in The Bahamas. It’s slated to open in December 2014.

Fibra Inn, a Mexican real estate investment trust, purchased the 100-key Holiday Inn Express Guadalajara UAG hotel and the adjoining land from an unnamed seller for $186.9 million. The company is planning a 99-key expansion that’s slated for completion in the first quarter of 2014.

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection has acquired the five-star 83-key Ashford Castle in the west of Ireland. The price was not disclosed.

PM Hospitality Strategies has assumed management of the 132-key Homewood Suites by Hilton Oakland Waterfront in California.

Boyd Gaming Corp. has sold the assets of Dania Jai-Alai gaming outlet in Dania Beach, Fla., to Dania Entertainment Center for $65.5 million. Boyd will use the funds to repay debt.

BUSINESS BRIEFS

Natural Bridge, the Roanoke, Va., landmark originally surveyed by George Washington and once owned by Thomas Jefferson, is being sold. The property includes the bridge, a 150-key hotel, Natural Bridge Caverns and 1,600 acres.

The Ellis Hotel, a 127-key eco-friendly boutique in Atlanta, has been inducted as a Gold Level GreenLeader by TripAdvisor. The program identifies environmentally friendly accommodations in the U.S.

AWARDS

Hunter Douglas’ honeycomb shades with DuoTone technology were honored in the Long-Life Converted Product category at the IDEA13 Achievement Awards, which recognizes new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries.

Kitchen and bath product provider Native Trails has received a GREEN GOOD DESIGN award for their Bordeaux Wall Mount. The honor is presented by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies to environmentally sound cutting-edge products.

The 2013 Restaurant Design Award nominees are: Belcampo Meat Co. by BCV Architects; Estadio by GrizForm Design Architects; Eveleigh by Nick Mathers; Joule/The Whale Wins by Heliotrope Architects; NOBU Malibu by Montalba Architects, Inc. & Studio PCH, LLC; Tliers Eatery by Remi Designs; Superba Snack Bar by Design, Bitches & Reed Architectural Group; Waters-Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine by Preen, Inc.; and Yojisan Sushi by Dan Brunn Architecture. The winners will be announced in June.
 


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