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The sales team at the Hotel del Coronado outside San Diego took the art of team bonding to a whole new level when the group jumped out of an airplane to celebrate its June bookings success.
The team exceeded its monthly booking goal by 200% that month, a production level that had not been accomplished since 2005. To celebrate, they all went skydiving. “I set the goal so high that I never thought that I would actually have to jump out of a perfectly good airplane,” said Cheryl Ferguson, director of sales, who is afraid of heights. “But they are an amazing team and knocked their goals out of the park … so I had to live up to my end of the deal.” The entire sales team, along with the new Vice President, General Manager Andre Zotoff, and the director of conference services (minus one landlubber) jumped from 13,000 ft (3,962 m) to celebrate the triumph.
Wyndham Hotel Group has unveiled early details and designs around its reinvigoration project for Howard Johnson, a multi-year undertaking focused on elevating the overall guest experience by revitalizing all aspects of the brand—from property design and case goods to signature amenities and service.
Announced at Wyndham Hotel Group’s 2013 Global Conference held in Las Vegas, the project, which is backed by a significant investment in consumer research, represents the start of the next major chapter in the brand’s nearly 60-year lodging history. “Howard Johnson is a brand that for millions of travellers conjures fond memories of ice cream cones and family vacations,” said Wyndham Hotel Group President and CEO Eric Danziger. “It’s a name that carries with it incredible equity. Reinvigoration is about growing the brand and restoring it to its rightful place within the industry by inspiring that same type of brand loyalty and affinity from a new generation of consumers.” As part of the unveiling, the brand shared conceptual interior and exterior designs that will begin appearing at yet-to-be-announced test locations throughout the U.S. as early as the end of next year.
Why make meeting attendees fight the New York traffic when you can just stay at JFK?
Your meeting soon will be able to take flight at the historic TWA terminal at New York's international airport. The Port Authority of New York has awarded hotelier Andre Balazs a contract to turn the iconic Eero Saarinen-designed terminal into a hotel and conference center with a spa and fitness center, meeting facilities and a flight museum, the New York Post reported this morning. Port Authority executive director Pat Foye said, "The Port Authority is committed to preserving the essence of [Saarinen's] iconic design and to continuing to work with [Balazs Properties] on a plan to transform the historic TWA Flight Center into a one-of-a-kind hotel and conference center in the heart of JFK's central terminal area." Balazs is still working on a final design for the site; no dates are yet being discussed for when the facility will open.
Key Appointments in the Industry
Congratulations to these new appointments…
Angel Gallego has been appointed as the new President of Amadeus Asia Pacific. Angel replaces David Brett who has been with Amadeus for 23 years, 13 years in a leadership role in the region. Luis Maroto, President & CEO, Amadeus IT Group said, “David opened the Asia Pacific office for Amadeus in 2000 and has done a remarkable job significantly growing our business in the region into what it is today. We are sad to see David leave us and wish him all the best for the future.” While this move will see Angel join Asia Pacific for the first time, he is no stranger to diverse regions. He previously successfully managed the growth of Amadeus to consolidate and expand its leadership position in diverse geographies such as Western Europe, Middle East and Africa and Latin America.
G6 Hospitality LLC has appointed Mark Williams as director of business development. In this role, Williams will lead strategic development for both the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands in major markets across the U.S., particularly gateway cities like New York, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago and Boston. Prior to this role, Williams served as VP of North American development for Best Western International for over 12 years, where he oversaw new development for markets including the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.
The Latest in Hotel Openings
Marina 101 Hotel & Residence is set to become the world’s tallest hotel and residence when it opens in Dubai Marina in the fourth quarter of next year. Although the project is being billed as “one of the world’s tallest hotels”, the 432-metre skyscraper will be 77 metres taller than the current tallest, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. The Dhs1.2 billion property is being built by private developer Sheffield Holdings and will be operated by Dream Hotels, part of the Wyndham group, marking the brand’s entrance in the Middle East. It will contain 720 units, with 300 hotel rooms and 420 apartments, accommodating short and long-stay guests.
Louvre Hotels Group, Paris, has partnered with Arcus Bauerrichtung GmbH, a German real estate construction group, and Redserve, an Austrian consulting firm specializing in international real estate development, to build a portfolio of 26 hotels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by 2020 for a total investment of about €160 million (US$212 million). The first development phase will focus on cities including Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Basle and Zurich. Louvre and Arcus plan to open three to five new hotels each year, with the first expected to open in Munich in the fourth quarter of 2014. Under the partnership, Arcus and Redserve will develop a sub brand of Tulip Inn hotels, “Tulip Inn Alp Style.” These hotels will be built around the ambiance typical of Alpine chalets and will be constructed sustainably using natural materials, local resources and energy-efficiency principles.
Sofitel The Palm Dubai, a Polynesian-themed resort, has opened. Located on the Palm Jumeirah, the hotel offers 361 guestrooms and suites, as well as 182 apartments. According to the company, the hotel features a design scheme of distinct French luxury with elements of Polynesian culture. French botanist Patrick Blanc created vertical gardens for the property. Amenities include a private beach, meeting space for up to 700 guests and a spa with 28 spa rooms.
Interstate Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with RFR Holding LLC to take over management of the 597-room Paramount Hotel. The New York City hotel, located near Times Square in Manhattan, recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. “After the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation, we felt it was important to align the property with a management company that could successfully reposition the hotel,” said Aby Rosen, co-founder and principal of RFR Holding LLC.
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