Commemorating the opening of the nation’s first wellness-focused EVEN Hotel in Norwalk, Conn., Mayor Harry Rilling joined Kirk Kinsell, president, Americas at InterContinental Hotels Group; Joel Eisemann, chief development officer, Americas at IHG; Jim Anhut, senior vice president, Americas design & quality at IHG; Francie Schulwolf, vice president, corporate communications at IHG; Adam Glickman, head of EVEN Hotels; and Brian Griffin, vice president of Norwalk Chamber of Commerce to unroll a giant well-come yoga mat as part of the wellness-themed “ribbon cutting” at the Celebration of Wellness community event held Thursday, July 17, at the new EVEN Hotel Norwalk. Photo courtesy of IHG.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 – THE ASIA SOCIETY recognized Marriott International for its work in the diversity and inclusion space with a number of 2014 Best Practice Awards in the categories of recruitment and selection, market opportunities and community support. Apoorva Gandhi, vice president of multi-cultural affairs for Marriott International, left, was on hand to accept the award given during the recent Asia Society Diversity Leadership Forum held in New York City. He is joined by David Whitelaw Reid, director of corporate relations for the Asian Society.
Monday, April 21, 2014 – AAHOA HELD A ribbon-cutting ceremony last week at its new headquarters in Atlanta.
Holding the scissors is Pratik Patel, 2014 chairman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, which also marks its 25th anniversary this year. Pratik is joined Wednesday, April 16, by AAHOA’s officers Vice Chairman Jimmy Patel, Treasurer Bruce Patel and Secretary Bhavesh Patel, AAHOA President Fred Schwartz and members of the board of directors as well as staff.
The office at 500 Northpark Building is in the heart of Atlanta’s business-driven Buckhead neighborhood. The 7,000 square foot space provides a more professional and collaborative work environment for the 28 members of the AAHOA staff. The space features new furniture and equipment with modern amenities that makes the office more effective for staff and more attractive to visitors. The office space is divided into six departments – finance, franchise relations, government affairs, legal, membership, and operations – with individual vice presidents presiding over each department.
AAHOA President Fred Schwartz thanked the board of directors and staff for their many months of hard work in bringing the new office to life. Pratik Patel said the new office represents “a new culture, a new vibe and a new sense of team work.”
Over the past seven years, AAHOA’s previous office outgrew its space. When Mehul Patel became chairman in 2013, the board of directors decided it was time for a change.
By Jonathan Springston
AMG Staff Writer
Scott Meyer, senior vice president of midscale brands at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, lends his ear to a monkey on March 31 during the opening session of the Country Inn & Suites Hotel brand conference that ran through April 3 at the Red Rock Casino & Resort in Las Vegas. The trained white-faced capuchin is part of a Vegas act invited to entertain the conference audience.
Thursday, March 06, 2014 - Fred Schwartz, left, president of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, and Pratik Patel, vice chairman of AAHOA, pose February 26 at one of the features of “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape The Nation” is a 5,000-square-foot exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History that chronicles the many contributions of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans to the United States. Part of the exhibit focuses on the Indian American motel business launched in the U.S. in the 20th Century. AAHOA is a financial sponsor of the exhibit, the Smithsonian’s first in-depth examination into the history of Indian Americans in the U.S. and is part of the Indian American Heritage Project of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – YOTEL NEW YORK, the capsule hotel near Times Square, has turned a construction-masking wall into a 30-foot collaborative art project using Lego building blocks, reports The New York Times.
Guests are invited to embellish the 30-foot-long Lego wall with supplied plastic bricks, resulting in an ever-changing mural and a popular lobby activity. Some contributors have built replicas of city icons like the Empire State Building, others have depicted the flags of their country, including Canada and Japan, and more have written their names and initials in the blocks.
While the wall was conceived as a colorful way to block off a section of the lobby under construction, it has turned into a creative phenomenon that hotel management is considering reprising in some form in the future, after the wall is removed in March.
“Social activity is definitely happening among the guests, and it’s created new communication between the guests and us,” GM Claes Landberg told The New York Times. “It gives our crew a reason to strike up a conversation and create relationships with guests.”
Thursday, February 06, 2014 – PRACTICALLY ON THE EVE of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group added to the city’s hotel room supply. A new Park Inn by Radisson, a Carlson Rezidor brand, opened in the resort city along the Black Sea. The 153-room hotel is set in the Caucasus Mountains and near the local railway station, the starting point for the new high-speed train that brings guests from the Sochi center to Caucasus Mountains and international level ski resorts. "We are truly delighted to bring our mid-market brand, Park Inn by Radisson, to the heart of Sochi city," commented Thomas M. Hagemann, District Director of Sochi for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The entire hotels' team has gone through extensive training in our sister hotels in Sochi to offer a world-class hotel experience to our guests."
Monday, January 13, 2014 – AFTER A YEAR-LONG $100 million renovation, the Loews Regency Hotel in Midtown Manhattan will open Thursday. Pictured is the transformed lobby of the 379-room hotel. The renovation showcases the vision of Jonathan Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts, featuring crisp lines, a fresh aesthetic and expansive 24-foot high ceiling that will welcome guests home to the New York institution and original “Power Breakfast.”
Monday, January 06, 2014 – Marriott International’s Partnership Circle Award honorees, pictured at Marriott International’s MINA & Full-Service Owners Conference at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman, are, from left, back row: Bob McCarthy, Marriott International; Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott International; Liam Brown, Marriott International; Dave Grissen, Marriott International; Arne Sorenson, Marriott International; Jim Kauffman, Marriott International; and Kip Vreeland, Marriott International. Front row, Nick Kellock, Concord Hospitality; Deno Yiankes, White Lodging Services; Mark Laport, Concord Hospitality; Richard Kessler, The Kessler Collection; Bruce White, White Lodging Services; Ken Geist, Sage Hospitality; Larry Burnell, White Lodging Services; and Richard Branca, Concord Hospitality.
Monday, January 06, 2014 – MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL HONORED top owner and franchise companies at the annual MINA & Full Service Owners Conference held recently at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Four companies – Concord Hospitality, The Kessler Collection, Sage Hospitality and White Lodging Services – were awarded the Partnership Circle Award, the highest honor Marriott presents to its owner and franchise partners for hospitality excellence.
Marriott’s Partnership Circle Award honors owners and operators who have a strong alignment with Marriott in a number of different areas, from overall culture to sharing a long-term commitment with Marriott and its guests. The awards criteria also includes product growth, engagement, RevPAR growth and overall product integrity.
“This year’s Partnership Circle Award winners represent the breadth of Marriott’s top full service owners and franchisees, including long-term partners and newer entrants,” said Liam Brown, President, U.S. & Canada Division for Select Service & Extended Stay Lodging and Owner & Franchise Services. “They share an unwavering commitment to Marriott, not only in providing industry-leading hospitality to our guests, but also in growing their portfolios with us.”
Marriott’s 2013 Partnership Circle Award Winners
• Concord Hospitality of Raleigh, N.C., has numerous Marriott and Renaissance hotels in its portfolio and manages them with solid experience and a great attention to detail, leading to strong business metrics. They have one approved hotel in Marriott’s development pipeline.
• The Kessler Collection of Orlando, Fla., considered the founding member of the Autograph Collection, has partnered with Marriott to bring nine hotels into the Collection .
Sage Hospitality of Denver, Colo., owns or manages hotels across Marriott’s entire full service portfolio and drives exceptional results in all metrics from GSS to RevPAR.
• White Lodging Services of Merrillville, Ind., has a large and growing Marriott portfolio, with multiple JW and Marriott Hotels that are brand builders and leaders in their markets.
In addition to presenting the Partnership Circle Awards, Marriott honored owners and franchisees for their achievements in the following categories: Development Partner of the Year, Opening of the Year, Renovation Excellence, Food & Beverage Excellence, Service Excellence, Spirit to Serve and Spirit to Preserve. A list of these winners follows.
Development Partner of the Year
Stonebridge Companies – Renaissance Denver Downtown Hotel and Renaissance New York Midtown South Hotel
Opening of the Year
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection®
Manager: Quorum Hotels & Resorts
Owner: Brown Palace Hotel Associates, LP
Milwaukee Marriott Downtown
Manager: White Lodging Services
Owner: Jackson Street Management, LLC
The Lexington New York City, Autograph Collection®
Manager: Highgate Holdings
Owner: DiamondRock Hospitality Company
San Diego Marriott La Jolla
Manager: Merritt Hospitality
Owner: HEI Hotels & Resorts
Renaissance Westchester Hotel
Manager: Highgate Holdings
Owner: Sunstone Hotel Investors
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Manager: StepStone Hospitality
Owner: Northland Inn
Food & Beverage Excellence
Davidson Hotels & Resorts
DelMonte Hotel Group
PCH Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
White Lodging Services
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.
Amway Hotel Corporation
DelMonte Hotel Group
Greenwood Hospitality Group
Innkeepers Hospitality LLC
PCH Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Pinnacle Hotel Management
Quorum Hotels & Resorts
Spirit to Serve
MDM Hotel Group LTD.
Spottswood Companies, Inc.
Spirit to Preserve
John Q Hammons Hotels & Resorts