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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. & SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) today announced that the company’s Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs Hotel & Spa in Arkansas is the recipient of the Employer of the Year Award by First Step, Inc. At First Step’s annual Supported Employment Banquet at the organization’s Hot Springs location, the 246-suite hotel was recognized for the property’s commitment to providing employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. The upscale Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs is operated by Springfield, Missouri-based JQH, which is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, including operating more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space. On behalf of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs, Nathan Gard, assistant general manager, and Marina Mueller, human resources director, accepted the award. Nearly 200 attendees were present, including individuals and their employers served through the Supported Employment Program, as well as family members, friends and honored guests from the Hot Springs and surrounding areas. “JQH’s Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs serves as a model place of employment,” said Joanne Mitchell, First Step, Inc., Supported Employment. “The hotel provides the right balance of mentoring and support to complement an employee’s initiative, helping to ensure a positive experience. The collaborative efforts of the employment service provider and a business is a vital part of a successful Supported Employment experience, the aim of which is a win-win situation for all parties involved.” Established in 1958 by a group of parents, civic leaders and health professionals, First Step, Inc. today offers multiple programs, services and therapies for children and adults with developmental disabilities. First Step promotes integration and independence of all individuals served by helping each one to reach his or her full potential. The organization is licensed through the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services as a provider of Developmental Day Treatment Clinic Services, is an approved vendor of Supported Employment services, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. According to Gard, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs currently employs individuals through First Step’s Supported Employment Program in laundry services and banquet/conferences. “We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with First Step, Inc. in helping those with developmental delays and disabilities to be productive citizens,” Gard said. “At the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs, we have found that although an individual may be a slow learner, he or she may be able to do a good job in the right supportive work environment.” The Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs strives to create a collaborative environment conducive for helping associates learn and grow. Kurt Schatzl, the hotel’s general manager, previously served for two years as industry captain for First Step, Inc. In his volunteer role, he was responsible for encouraging hotels in the area to collaborate with First Step to consider employment opportunities for individuals with developmental delays or disabilities in their recruitment strategy. Marina Mueller, the hotel’s human resources director, was recently named Manager of the Year at the 17th Annual Arkansas Hospitality Association Stars of the Industry Gala, where the successes of leaders in hospitality were recognized. Prior to joining the hotel, Nathan Gard, assistant general manager, was involved in Project SEARCH, a training program that helps to develop high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to transition them to long-term competitive employment. Both Mueller and Gard serve as board members on the Business Advisory Council for the local chapter of Project SEARCH. Mueller recently attended a reverse job fair held by Project SEARCH, where seven students participated. Two of the seven students applied for gainful employment at the hotel. The students are scheduled to complete the Project SEARCH program this month. As a part of the property’s talent management strategy, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs joins several JQH properties nationwide in actively recruiting and employing Project SEARCH interns that have completed the unique hands-on, jobs skills program. Located within the Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs Hotel & Spa is a recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame status for consistently earning outstanding traveler reviews for five consecutive years. Each spacious two-room suite features a separate living room with a sofa bed and two TVs. Guests can enjoy internet access, a large desk with ergonomic chair, a mini-refrigerator, and a microwave. A fitness center, indoor pool and sundeck are available. Guests can start their day with a free made-to-order breakfast. A nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks is offered in the hotel’s open-air atrium piano bar. Guests can also dine in a relaxing environment at the Bistro 400. The 246-suite hotel is connected via covered walkway to the Summit Arena and the Hot Springs Convention Center, providing access to 345,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. In addition, guests can indulge in a massage or facial at the luxurious on-site Spa Botanica. Located at 400 Convention Boulevard, the contemporary-style Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs can be reached at (501) 624-9200. Visit www.hotsprings.embassysuites.com for more information or connect with the hotel at www.facebook.com/EmbassySuitesHotSprings. Springfield, Missouri-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resort / Spa & Convention Center, and Plaza Hotels Collection. With a portfolio of 35 hotels representing approximately 8,500 guest rooms/suites in 16 states, JQH’s properties are dominant in their markets. Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his continued legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, JQH has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry. Built to be the best, JQH continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development. Go to www.jqhhotels.com for more information, or connect with JQH on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.


News Article | May 12, 2017
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Former CIO and longtime executive Rick Warner joined Jabian Consulting’s Strategic Advisory Services (SAS) offering as a senior strategic advisor. Mr. Warner brings with him 30+ years of diverse experience in business/technology alignment, mergers and acquisitions, and revenue optimization. Jabian’s SAS offering connects senior Jabian advisors with client leadership to provide expertise, guidance, and appropriate tools and frameworks to assist in setting and achieving the client’s strategic goals. Unlike traditional consulting models, the SAS offering is designed to be purchased in a fractional manner, allowing clients to determine the amount of support that they require. This can be an efficient and cost-effective approach for companies to address their needs on an on-going basis. Mr. Warner was part of the original team that designed and launched the highly successful Courtyard by Marriott brand. He was also actively involved in other brand start-ups such as Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, and Marriott Suites. At Disney, he helped launch the Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Institute, Town of Celebration, and Euro-Disney in Paris. He also had global responsibility for Hotel Systems at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). “Rick brings to Jabian a wealth of experience and industry perspective that our clients rely on when making strategic decisions,” said Nigel Zelcer, co-founder and managing partner at Jabian Consulting. “We’re excited to add Rick to the group of senior-level professionals in our Strategic Advisory Services offering.” Mr. Warner resides in Marietta, GA with his wife, and has two daughters. ABOUT JABIAN CONSULTING Jabian Consulting is a strategic management and technology consultancy. It serves mid-market and Fortune 1000 clients across multiple high-growth industries. Applying only the most talented, senior-level consulting specialists to its clients’ top priority projects, Jabian takes an integrated approach to creating and implementing successful strategies – ultimately helping clients drive business value by increasing revenue and decreasing operational costs.


News Article | May 14, 2017
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The Holiday Inn Westbury - Long Island, located next door to Chateau Briand and surrounded by other well-known catering halls, is the host to hundreds of wedding groups throughout the year. Specifically April through early November, wedding guests flood the Hotel’s lobby, garden courtyard, and bar while they enjoy their time celebrating before and after the wedding. The Hotel’s Sales Team understands the many aspects of planning a wedding, and dedicates their time to making sure that their clients are well taken care of throughout the process. The Hotel's Director of Sales, Stephanie Lambert, just recently got married herself and said, "I know just how stressful planning a wedding today on Long Island can be, so that pushes me even harder to make sure that I can make my clients' planning process as stress-free and easy as possible for them. Planning the most special day of your life should be fun and exciting, and that's what we're here to help our clients feel. It gives me great joy when I can ease the mind of my wedding couples who are unsure about how to go about the planning process, and they walk away with a sense of accomplishment and security." They work with each wedding group to secure blocks of 10 or more rooms at discounted rates for wedding guests traveling near and far to celebrate the happy couple. They also assist with booking pre and post-wedding catered events in the Hotel’s over 4,000 sq. ft. of banquet space and their new full-service LiLLiES Restaurant & Bar. On Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 12pm to 2pm, the Holiday Inn Westbury will be hosting a Bridal Brunch, inviting current and prospective wedding couples to join them for a day of food, prizes, and incentives for those who book with the Hotel. There is no charge for each wedding couple that RSVPs to the Bridal Brunch. The Hotel’s Sales Coordinator, Julie Baffi, said, “We understand that the parents and bridal party are important roles in helping the wedding couple throughout their planning process, so we welcome them to invite their friends and family to join us at our Bridal Brunch for just $10 per person. This way, everyone will have the opportunity to see the hotel, win some prizes, and bounce questions and ideas off of our Sales Team when inquiring about booking with us.” The Hotel’s staff will take groups of attendees for full tours of the Hotel’s guest rooms and suites, garden courtyard and gazebo for pre-wedding and “first look” photos, LiLLiES Restaurant & Bar for rehearsal dinners, after parties, and brunches, and banquet space for engagement parties, bridal showers, hair & make-up rooms, and much more. LiLLiES Restaurant will be setting up an extensive hot & cold Brunch Buffet for all to enjoy, and to showcase what each group may receive if they were to book a post-wedding brunch with the Hotel. Throughout the Brunch, various prizes will be raffled off including an assortment of gift baskets, a complimentary stay at the Holiday Inn Westbury for two, and a dream vacation to Montego Bay, Jamaica for 3 days and 2 nights with airfare and hotel included for one person, plus 50,000 IHG Rewards Points to redeem at any of the over 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide. Wedding couples who choose to book a block of rooms or a catered event at the Hotel will also be entitled to exclusive offers such as complimentary rooms, Romance Packages including champagne, rose petals, and chocolate covered strawberries on the night of their wedding, complimentary shuttle service to and from their ceremony location or reception venue (within a 7 mile radius of the hotel), and a 10% discount on the Hotel’s catering menu prices (excludes alcohol). Guests must RSVP by May 31, 2017 to Julie Baffi at jbaffi(at)hiwestbury(dot)com or 516-997-5000 ext. 245. *Exclusive offers not valid on existing contracts or price quotes.*


News Article | May 18, 2017
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Donegal, PA, May 18, 2017 --( The Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Donegal Pa is one of 454 properties within the Americas chosen from the IHG system of more than 5,100 hotels for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation -- from quality to customer satisfaction. "It is my pleasure to award the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Donegal, Pa as one of the top-notch hotels in our industry," said Elie Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer – IHG, The Americas. "This hotel embodies the heart of our brand promise and continues to make IHG properties known and admired throughout the world, continuing our mission to deliver on great brands and Great Hotels Guests Love." "We are very proud to have received for the second year in a row, national recognition from IHG Corporation, parent Company of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites brand. This is a true testament of the commitment to guest satisfaction by our owners, the Liprando and Toohey families, who consistently provide us the resources to run an elite hotel that guests love!" added Ms. Amy N. Rugg, General Manager. A 2016 Torchbearer trophy, the company's symbol of top excellence, will be on permanent display at the hotel. IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,100 hotels and more than 750,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with nearly 1,500 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme, with nearly 99 million members worldwide. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally. Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: www.ihg.com/media and follow us on social media at: www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg and www.youtube.com/ihgplc Contact: Amy N. Rugg, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Donegal Celeste Sauls, IHG 724-593-1881 770-604-5415 Donegal, PA, May 18, 2017 --( PR.com )-- The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Donegal, Pa received the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2016 Torchbearer Award, the company's most prestigious award.The Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Donegal Pa is one of 454 properties within the Americas chosen from the IHG system of more than 5,100 hotels for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation -- from quality to customer satisfaction."It is my pleasure to award the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Donegal, Pa as one of the top-notch hotels in our industry," said Elie Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer – IHG, The Americas. "This hotel embodies the heart of our brand promise and continues to make IHG properties known and admired throughout the world, continuing our mission to deliver on great brands and Great Hotels Guests Love.""We are very proud to have received for the second year in a row, national recognition from IHG Corporation, parent Company of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites brand. This is a true testament of the commitment to guest satisfaction by our owners, the Liprando and Toohey families, who consistently provide us the resources to run an elite hotel that guests love!" added Ms. Amy N. Rugg, General Manager.A 2016 Torchbearer trophy, the company's symbol of top excellence, will be on permanent display at the hotel.IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,100 hotels and more than 750,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with nearly 1,500 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme, with nearly 99 million members worldwide. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally. Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: www.ihg.com/media and follow us on social media at: www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg and www.youtube.com/ihgplcContact: Amy N. Rugg, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Donegal Celeste Sauls, IHG724-593-1881 770-604-5415 Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Donegal Holiday Inn Express & Suites


News Article | May 18, 2017
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St. Louis, MO, May 18, 2017 --( The prestigious award recognizes the best of the best in hotel management companies that partner with Marriott. It is given to companies that embody Marriott’s spirit to serve philosophy, focus on associates to create a well-managed and engaged workforce, and provide outstanding customer service. The award celebrates Marriott franchisees that have demonstrated excellence in their portfolio operations with the reliable development of new properties. “As one of the top mid-sized Marriott franchisees in the country, we are truly honored to accept this distinguished award,” said Midas Hospitality President Rob Willard. “Our company embodies Marriott International’s philosophy – ‘Take care of the associate and the associate will take care of the guest’ – and we embrace this perspective within our entire organization.” Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 30 hotels in 14 states. The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood. Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo. For more information, call (314) 692-0100. St. Louis, MO, May 18, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, was recently presented Marriott’s Horizon Award.The prestigious award recognizes the best of the best in hotel management companies that partner with Marriott. It is given to companies that embody Marriott’s spirit to serve philosophy, focus on associates to create a well-managed and engaged workforce, and provide outstanding customer service. The award celebrates Marriott franchisees that have demonstrated excellence in their portfolio operations with the reliable development of new properties.“As one of the top mid-sized Marriott franchisees in the country, we are truly honored to accept this distinguished award,” said Midas Hospitality President Rob Willard. “Our company embodies Marriott International’s philosophy – ‘Take care of the associate and the associate will take care of the guest’ – and we embrace this perspective within our entire organization.”Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 30 hotels in 14 states. The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood. Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo. For more information, call (314) 692-0100. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Midas Hospitality


News Article | May 18, 2017
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Crescent Hotels & Resorts has been selected to manage the Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia/Ft. Washington, which was recently fully renovated. Crescent, based in Fairfax, Virginia, is a nationally recognized elite operator of hotels and resorts throughout the United States and Canada. The 146-room Hilton Garden Inn is located just off I-276 near corporations such as McNeil Pharmaceutical, Tyco and the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center, and a SEPTA regional train station only a few hundred yards away for transport to the entire Philadelphia region. “The recent renovations are the icing on the cake for this hotel, which offers great service in a great location with easy access to so much in the Philadelphia area,” said Michael George, Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “Our unique approach as an award-winning Hilton manager, combined with our extensive experience with hotels positioned close to destination cities across the country, will maximize the potential of this property.” Crescent will manage the entire operations of the hotel. This includes the overnight guest experience, as well as the more than 6,000 square feet of event space with meeting and function rooms for up to 200 guests. Crescent will also manage the food and beverage services, including the Great American Grill® serving breakfast, dinner and evening room service. Additional amenities include an outdoor patio with fire pit, fitness center, indoor pool, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry, a 24-hour business center, and WiFi access throughout the hotel – from guest rooms to public spaces. For more information, or to book your next stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia/Ft. Washington, visit philadelphiafortwashington.gardeninn.com or call 215-646-4637. About Crescent Hotels & Resorts: Crescent Hotels & Resorts is an award winning, nationally recognized, top-3 operator of hotels and resorts. Crescent currently operates over 90 hotels, resorts & conference centers in the US and Canada. Crescent is one of the few elite management companies approved to operate upper-upscale and luxury hotels under the brand families of Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent lifestyle hotels and resorts. Crescent’s clients are made up of hotel REITs, private equity firms and major developers. For more information, please visit http://www.chrco.com or connect with Crescent on LinkedIn.


News Article | May 18, 2017
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Amerilodge Group, a hotel ownership and management company based in Bloomfield Hills, today announced the opening of a new Holiday Inn Express & Suites hotel at 225 River Street, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone Number: (989) 340-1800, Website: http://www.hiealpena.com Whether you are visiting the Alpena area for business or pleasure, Alpena provides the perfect backdrop for an array of outdoor activities and has a number of historic landmarks. Tour the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and view Lake Huron’s shipwrecks without getting wet aboard Lady Michigan, Alpena Shipwreck Tours’ glass-bottom boat. Spend time exploring beaches, tucked-away stores and restaurants. Build sandcastles on Starlite Beach or visit the Presque Isle Lighthouses. Visit Northern Lights Arena to watch a hockey game, or play a round of championship quality golf at the Alpena Golf Club. The 90 room hotel will feature the newest design for the Holiday Inn Express brand, “Introducing...Formula Blue”. The guestrooms will include a flexible work space; functional storage units, providing horizontal luggage storage; convenient moveable seating allowing guests to use the space in ways that work best for them; a newly designed decor for the guestroom. The open lobby design will enable guests, in particular the business traveler, to be able to connect and fulfill their overall technology needs. “It gives us great pleasure to be able to bring a clean, modern, and technology friendly driven lodging accommodation to the Alpena community and we look forward to welcoming travelers to the area’s newest hotel,” said Asad Malik, President & CEO of the Amerilodge Group. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Alpena is expected to add more than 30 jobs to the Alpena community. About Holiday Inn Express® Hotels Holiday Inn Express® hotels are a part of the IHG brand family and are the ideal choice for the smart traveler, offering them a great night’s rest while helping them be productive on the go. Fresh, clean, modern and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start® Breakfast Bar, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (US and Canada only). Launched in 1991, the Holiday Inn Express® brand is one of the largest and fastest growing brands in the hotel industry, opening hotels at a rate of two per week on average'. There are currently more than 2,200 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe


News Article | May 16, 2017
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Crescent Hotels & Resorts has been selected to manage the Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Mississauga/West, which is Mississauga West 's newest business hotel. Crescent, based in Fairfax, Virginia, is a nationally recognized elite operator of hotels and resorts throughout the United States and Canada. The newly opened six-story, 125-room Courtyard is located on popular Derry Road in Mississauga, with convenient access to Toronto Pearson International Airport, Hershey Centre, the CN Tower, Mississauga Convention Centre and the Rose Theatre. Rates begin at $149 per night “This is truly a beautiful hotel with some of the latest consumer trends and technologies. The guest experience that is created here fits perfectly with our team’s expertise,” said Michael George, Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “Our unique approach as an award-winning Marriott manager, combined with our extensive experience in several other destination cities across Canada, will maximize the potential of this new hotel.” Crescent will manage the entire operations of the hotel. This includes the overnight guest experience, as well as the more than 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space that accommodates functions of up to 350 people, including a ballroom with floor to ceiling windows featuring stunning views of Fletchers Creek part of the Credit Valley Conservation. All areas of the hotel feature state of the art technology, including LED lighting, built-in audio and visual equipment, and the Refreshing Business lobby, which is an open and bright area with media pods, complimentary Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings. Crescent will also manage the food and beverage services, including The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect®, offering casual, flexible seating; easy access to food and high quality, healthy menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer so guests can unwind. Additional amenities include a dedicated bridal suite, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, fitness center, guest laundry, and indoor parking. For more information, or to book your next stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Mississauga/West Hotel, visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyzmd-courtyard-toronto-mississauga-west or call (905) 670-1947. About Crescent Hotels & Resorts: Crescent Hotels & Resorts is an award winning, nationally recognized, top-3 operator of hotels and resorts. Crescent currently operates over 90 hotels, resorts & conference centers in the US and Canada. Crescent is one of the few elite management companies approved to operate upper-upscale and luxury hotels under the brand families of Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent lifestyle hotels and resorts. Crescent’s clients are made up of hotel REITs, private equity firms and major developers. For more information, please visit http://www.chrco.com or connect with Crescent on LinkedIn.


News Article | May 3, 2017
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Midas Hospitality to Bring First Element by Westin to St. Louis Hotel to be built at current Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis site. St. Louis, MO, May 03, 2017 --( Owner Midas Forest Park, LLC, a subsidiary of Midas Hospitality, recently bought the current home of Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) located at 3763 Forest Park Ave. The 1.5 acre property was purchased for $2.4 million to make way for the $25 million Element by Westin. Midas Hospitality will lease the non-profit organization space for up to one year while it relocates. The hotel concept encourages renewal through a nature-influenced environment and is constructed with an efficient use of space and sustainability in mind. The eight-story, 119,000-square-foot hotel will include 153 extended stay rooms and feature 10,000-square-foot retail space plus a rooftop lounge. The environmentally-responsible rooms will have oversized windows to allow natural light plus fully-equipped kitchens with spa-inspired bathrooms. The hotel will have an extensive fitness center, an all-natural saline pool, and a borrow-a-bike program for its guests. Element will be located directly across from the St. Louis Foundry redevelopment. It will back up to St. Louis University and be only three blocks from the Cortex Innovation District and one block from Ikea. Midas Hospitality will manage the hotel. The builder is MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations, which is the sister company of Midas Hospitality. The architecture firm is Gray Design. All three companies are based in St. Louis, Mo., and this is the first Element hotel built and managed by these businesses. Carrolton Bank provided the financing for the acquisition. “The vibrant midtown area is the perfect place for an environmentally-friendly Element by Westin,” said Midas Hospitality CEO David Robert. “We are excited to work with this growing community by providing extended stay lodging to the university campuses, innovation district, and medical community.” “We are delighted with the sale and what it will mean to our much needed work in the community. As good stewards of our organization’s assets, we were pleased to be able to take advantage of the strong commercial real estate market in the area,” said Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis CEO Kimberly McKinney. “For up to a year, we will be continuing our important work of building safe and affordable housing for hard working families from our current Forest Park Avenue location. We look forward to sharing more information in the future on our operations for our city Habitat ReStore, our construction warehouse and our administrative offices in a conveniently relocated space.” Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. In addition to a down payment and a mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes. Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 30 hotels in 14 states. The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood. Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo. For more information, call (314) 692-0100. MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr., specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states. MC Hotel Construction builds for leading brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Starwood and Legacy Suites. For details, call (314) 339-6600. St. Louis, MO, May 03, 2017 --( PR.com )-- A new eco-conscious hotel, which will be built at the home of a long-time area non-profit organization, is coming to St. Louis by 2019.Owner Midas Forest Park, LLC, a subsidiary of Midas Hospitality, recently bought the current home of Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) located at 3763 Forest Park Ave. The 1.5 acre property was purchased for $2.4 million to make way for the $25 million Element by Westin. Midas Hospitality will lease the non-profit organization space for up to one year while it relocates.The hotel concept encourages renewal through a nature-influenced environment and is constructed with an efficient use of space and sustainability in mind. The eight-story, 119,000-square-foot hotel will include 153 extended stay rooms and feature 10,000-square-foot retail space plus a rooftop lounge.The environmentally-responsible rooms will have oversized windows to allow natural light plus fully-equipped kitchens with spa-inspired bathrooms. The hotel will have an extensive fitness center, an all-natural saline pool, and a borrow-a-bike program for its guests. Element will be located directly across from the St. Louis Foundry redevelopment. It will back up to St. Louis University and be only three blocks from the Cortex Innovation District and one block from Ikea.Midas Hospitality will manage the hotel. The builder is MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations, which is the sister company of Midas Hospitality. The architecture firm is Gray Design. All three companies are based in St. Louis, Mo., and this is the first Element hotel built and managed by these businesses. Carrolton Bank provided the financing for the acquisition.“The vibrant midtown area is the perfect place for an environmentally-friendly Element by Westin,” said Midas Hospitality CEO David Robert. “We are excited to work with this growing community by providing extended stay lodging to the university campuses, innovation district, and medical community.”“We are delighted with the sale and what it will mean to our much needed work in the community. As good stewards of our organization’s assets, we were pleased to be able to take advantage of the strong commercial real estate market in the area,” said Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis CEO Kimberly McKinney. “For up to a year, we will be continuing our important work of building safe and affordable housing for hard working families from our current Forest Park Avenue location. We look forward to sharing more information in the future on our operations for our city Habitat ReStore, our construction warehouse and our administrative offices in a conveniently relocated space.”Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. In addition to a down payment and a mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes.Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 30 hotels in 14 states. The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood. Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo. For more information, call (314) 692-0100.MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr., specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states. MC Hotel Construction builds for leading brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Starwood and Legacy Suites. For details, call (314) 339-6600. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Midas Hospitality


News Article | April 26, 2017
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-- Palm Holdings, an international hospitality developer, has acquired a full-service Holiday Inn serving the Orlando and Celebration area.Palm Holdings has purchased the Holiday Inn Orlando SW - Celebration Area, 5711 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee. The Holiday Inn Orlando SW - Celebration Area is an official Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel just 2.5 miles from Walt Disney World Resort, which welcomes more than 50 million visitors annually and is the flagship location of Disney's worldwide theme park empire. The theme park is rapidly expanding with current and future developments, including the Disney Springs transformation, a 14-acre Star Wars-themed land, an 11-acre Toy Story Land and Pandora - The World of Avatar. The hotel is within a short drive to Orlando International Airport, Downtown Orlando, Orange County Convention Center, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort, Old Town and an abundance of other internationally recognized attractions.The hotel offers 444 spacious guestrooms, a restaurant and lounge, over 4,000 square feet of conference and event space, a fitness center, a business center, an outdoor pool, a kids pool and a whirlpool in addition to free transportation to theme parks."The Holiday Inn Orlando SW is an ideal acquisition for us," said Rajan Taneja, SVP of Palm Holdings. "It is in the heart of Orlando's world-class attractions, which are always growing and offering new opportunities for guests. This gives us a launching pad to grow in the Central Florida hospitality space. We continue to look for outstanding properties, not only in Orlando, but across Florida."The acquisition gives Palm Holdings a total of 750 rooms under ownership and management in Florida, with 12 properties around the world.Palm Holdings sought the acquisition because of the hotel's location and access to the numerous developments happening in the area. The company looks to continue to invest and grow its hotel portfolio in the Central Florida market because of the evolution of the area's attractions, such as the construction of a new Universal Orlando water park, Volcano Bay.The Holiday Inn Orlando SW will be the location of the company's Florida corporate office. Palm Holdings also has offices in Toronto and London. In addition, Palm Holdings owns and manages the Inn at Calypso Cay – Lake Buena Vista South, which will open as the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites in fall 2017.The company recently won the InterContinental Hotels Group 2017 Developer of the Year Award for its work on another IHG property, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax-Bedford. It received the Developer of the Year Award for North America for Marriott Hotels in 2015 and is a winner of numerous other industry awards globally.For more information on Palm Holdings, visit www.palm-holdings.com.For bookings at the Holiday Inn Orlando SW – Celebration Area, visit https://www.ihg.com/ holidayinn/hotels/ us/en/kissimmee/ mco... Palm Holdings is an international hospitality and commercial development company specializing in acquiring, improving and managing hotels across North America and the United Kingdom. The family controlled company offers a wide range of business services including Palm Hospitality, an international hotel management and consultancy company; Palm Construction specializing in capital improvements, new developments and retrofits for hotels; as well as Palm Ventures, an equity services firm dedicated to acquiring and holding hospitality related real estate. Palm Holdings is one of the fastest growing hospitality firms with a portfolio spanning across three countries: the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The company builds brand equity through franchise models, management contracts, and outsourcing services with leading companies such as Marriott, IHG, Starwood, Choice Hotels, and many others. It is the winner of the Marriott Developer of the Year Award for North America in 2015 and IHG's Developer of the Year Award in 2017. For more details please go to http://www.palm- holdings.com/ IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) is a global organization with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental®Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN™ Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,000 hotels and 744,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with more than 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty program with more than 92 million members worldwide.InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. 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