8.3 Bringing Hospitality & Wellness Together

We start off National Wellness Month talking to Michele MacArthur about how she is bringing her passions of hospitality and wellness together by helping to guide people with a L.E.A.N (Lifestyle – Exercise – Attitude -Nutrition) Holistic Healing Approach from inside out.

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Announces Over $40 Million of Committed Investment into Microtel by Wyndham and La Quinta by Wyndham Brands

Following the success of the La Quinta LQUp renovation incentive program, the Company’s latest initiative supports Microtel by Wyndham franchisees in enhancing quality, performance and guest satisfaction

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Aug. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,000 hotels across nearly 95 countries, today announced its new Microtel Lift Incentive Program. This landmark program is being introduced on the heels of a successful renovation incentive program for La Quinta by Wyndham, known as the LQUp Incentive Program, and further solidifies Wyndham’s dedication and support for its franchisees. With a committed investment of over $40 million over the next three years, these two programs help owners continue to raise the brands’ profiles while enhancing the guest experience and helping to achieve long-term success.

The Microtel Lift Incentive Program supports Microtel by Wyndham owners based in the U.S. by offering forgivable note funding of up to $2,000 per room from Wyndham to supplement franchisees’ investment in hotel renovations that reflect elements of the brand’s new design-forward Moda prototype, which is the first of its kind in the economy select service segment.

Centered on smart, modern design – and with the understanding that cleanliness and efficiency are of increasing importance to travelers – Moda elevates the award-winning Microtel by Wyndham brand. The thoughtful design approach complements existing Microtel hotels and allows hotel owners to optimize operational efficiencies, drive greater returns, and adapt the design to best suit market and customer needs.

“Wyndham Hotels & Resorts remains strongly committed to helping owners improve the quality and performance of their hotels, increase their guests’ satisfaction, and best position their business for ultimate success,” said Geoff Ballotti, President and CEO, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “We know renovation projects play a critical role in that journey, as proven by the success our owners have seen from other brand renovation programs over the last several years, including the highly successful LQUp and Super 8 Innov8te Programs. This significant investment will help accelerate the adoption of new design standards for Microtel by Wyndham and bring important elements of Microtel’s Moda design to more destinations, reaching more everyday travelers.”

Microtel’s Lift Incentive Program follows in the footsteps of La Quinta’s successful LQUp Incentive Program, launched in 2020 that facilitates comprehensive upgrades to the hotel exterior, signage, public spaces, guestrooms, fitness center, breakfast offering and more. All renovations reflect La Quinta’s highly-sought after Del Sol design, which was created with the objective to maximize revenue-per-sq.-ft. while maintaining a competitive cost per key, and features a fresh, stylish and innovative design to provide guests with comfort and convenience while enabling productivity.

Through the LQUp Incentive Program, qualified La Quinta by Wyndham franchisees in the U.S. have received forgivable note funding of $2,000 per room to supplement their investment in hotel renovations. More than 80 properties have already completed renovations as part of this program, including properties in Dallas and Odessa, Texas; Salem, Ore.; St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Clovis, N.M.; and Las Vegas, Nev. Hotels that have completed an LQUp renovation have, on average, seen increases in RevPAR since completing their renovations. In addition to the sites that have completed LQUp renovations, more than 100 hotels are currently undergoing renovations under the program.

Dedicated to guest service and satisfaction, La Quinta by Wyndham offers an elevated stay in a contemporary setting and is a top provider of select-service lodging with accommodations that appeal to both business and leisure travelers. With thoughtful amenities and friendly service, this brand consistently delivers an exceptional guest experience that keeps travelers waking up on the bright side. The brand’s performance remains strong, gaining 490 basis points of RevPAR Index in 2020 against its competitive set, according to STR data.

Wyndham’s size and global footprint offer unique, comprehensive, and operating advantages for owners, including a diverse portfolio of brands, reduced distribution costs, and strategic development and sourcing. These programs deepen Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ commitment to offering its franchisees continuous support and dependability.

Interested developers can visit Wyndham’s development website or contact the Wyndham Franchise Development team by email at development@wyndham.com.

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Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya Now Open for the Ultimate Family Vacation

MIAMI, Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As SpongeBob SquarePants says, “I’m Ready!” The highly anticipated five-star, all-inclusive Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya rolls out the Orange Carpet today as the ultimate family-friendly destination opens its doors. Here, Nickelodeon’s renowned Slimings and Character Experiences are combined with Karisma Hotels & Resorts‘ and Grupo Lomas’ unmatched hospitality, with the brand’s first all Oceanfront Swim-Up Suite resort featuring an enormous six-acre Aqua Nick® water park, new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed penthouse suites, World-Class Gourmet Inclusive® dining with fan faves Good Burger and Piazza and endless play-all-day entertainment. During this exclusive opening period in the fall, rates start at $259 per person, per night and can be booked now through Aug. 31, 2021 for travel now through Jan. 4, 2022.

“As Mexico’s first and only Nickelodeon resort, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya transports kids and adults alike into the imagination-expanding worlds of the entertainment brand’s beloved shows,” said Mario Mathieu Senior Vice President of Business Development, Design and Construction at Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “From surprise and delight interactions with an expanded cast of 20 characters and one of the country’s largest water attractions, to signature themed accommodations, such as the first-ever Lair Suite and more, there is a one-of-a-kind experience waiting to ignite the spark of play for all guests.”

“In the midst of a challenging year, we are delighted to open the doors of the new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya. Nickelodeon fans of all ages can now enjoy the ultimate family escape at Mexico’s first Nickelodeon Resort, which features the world’s largest Nickelodeon water park, endless entertainment options and all ocean-front swim-up suites,” said Kevin Suh, President of Themed Entertainment at ViacomCBS.

Every Room is an Oceanfront Swim-Up Suite That Holds a Family of Five

Featuring 280 whimsically designed Oceanfront Swim-Up Suites, every 581-square-foot room comfortably accommodates families of five, complete with two full bathrooms and a spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea from the oversized balcony, which boasts access to an infinity plunge pool. In addition to plenty of space for families to spread out, suites feature playful design elements including art pieces pulled from beloved show archives and furnishings inspired by Nickelodeon’s iconic colors and characters, from beloved shows including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.

For the ultimate Nickelodeon experience, guests can also choose from three specialty suites, including:

An Ode to Nickelodeon at The Big Kahuna Suite

Lovingly curated with 90s elements, the 3,000-square-feet, two bedroom Big Kahuna Suite features one-of-a-kind design elements that evoke Nickelodeon nostalgia. Custom pieces include a sideboard inspired by the signature purple glasses of Chuckie from Rugrats and neon artwork of the phrase “Happy Happy Joy Joy,” the hit song from The Ren & Stimpy Show. Kids can enjoy a fully immersive Loud House-themed bedroom, all complemented by an ensuite bathroom featuring a free-standing tub and rain shower. There’s even a 710-square-feet Ocean-Front Terrace for the ultimate private outdoor space with lounge furniture and an Infinity Plunge Pool that flows across the length of the Suite.

The All-New Lair Suite Takes Guests on a Subterranean Adventure with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Themed Accommodations

For Nickelodeon fans who want ultimate bragging rights, there is the brand-new Lair Suite, a rooftop penthouse paying homage to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that can accommodate up to seven guests. This new luxurious accommodation unique to the resort never felt cooler, where every iteration of the Turtles throughout the years is featured in the decor. Spanning 3,000-square-feet, the suite encompasses both indoor and outdoor living and dining areas, a Master Suite with a spa-inspired bathroom and two additional bedrooms. Guests will enjoy the 710-square-foot oceanfront terrace overlooking the turquoise water, complete with an infinity plunge pool and lounge space. Plus, in-suite butlers can arrange a variety of private experiences, such as an in-suite or moonlight beach dinner, daily afternoon tea, private wine tasting, aromatherapy menu selections, pillow menu selections, aroma baths, and more.

Fan-Favorite Pineapple Suite Brings Travelers to Bikini Bottom

Back by popular demand, the Pineapple Suite, which is also featured at the inaugural Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts property in Punta Cana, is the resort’s signature dwelling. Inspired by SpongeBob’s underwater home, the penthouse combines luxurious accommodations and modern amenities, with all of the fanciful trappings of Bikini Bottom, so guests can truly experience living in a pineapple under the sea. Pineapple Suite guests, like Lair guests, will additionally enjoy the decadent vacation offerings that are exclusive to signature penthouse suites, including 3,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor living areas, an oceanfront terrace sporting stunning views, and private butlers to keep families pampered throughout their stay.

World-Class Gourmet Dining Experiences Transport Guests Back to the 90s and Under the Sea

At Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, children and adults alike can indulge in 24-hour in-room dining, as well as world-class food and beverage served at six distinct restaurants. Families can dine at Nick Bistro, indulge in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ favorite food with authentic pizzas at Piazza, grab a tasty bite at the retro-inspired Good Burger diner where nostalgia rules, or dine market style at Le Spatula, where walls are adorned with themed show art and cuisine comes straight out of Bikini Bottom. Parents can enjoy some adult beverages at the resort’s three bars, including The Bikini Bottom Bar and Gourmet Corner, which features healthy bites and signature drinks under the colorful glow of jellyfish lamps, in addition to two swim-up bars, Cosmo & Wanda, which serve a wide selection of fresh juice-infused beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic premium cocktails, and more.

Experience One of Mexico’s Largest Water Parks, Aqua Nick®

At the heart of the resort is nonstop wet and wild fun at the entertainment epicenter, the six-acre Aqua Nick®, one of Mexico’s largest themed water parks. Encompassing 2,000-square-feet of slides, 1,820-square-feet of river rides and more, families will be delighted as they explore the surprises,  and Slimings, that await them. Features include:

  • Activity Pool: A massive pool suited for adventurous water play featuring a full schedule of entertainment and activities.
  • Soak Summit Main Tower: A 59-foot-high tower, Soak Summit encompasses exhilarating slides and extensive views. Choose from the horizontal looping “The Big Plunge,” the enclosed entrances of “Riptide Rush,” or one of the faster rides, “Tubular Twist.”
  • Paw Patrol Adventure Bay: Features smaller, fun-size slides for younger children to enjoy, including the “Hero Half Pipe,” “Rescue Racers,” and the mammoth tipping bucket to cool off with 16 gallons of water!
  • Bikini Bottom Beach: This multi-level water playground is equipped with numerous slides, water guns and jets, tipping buckets and much more – families may even catch a glimpse of SpongeBob and friends here!
  • Daily Super Slimings: No day at Aqua Nick would be complete without a Super Sliming, the ultimate Nickelodeon honor.
  • The First Round of Fun-Fueled Signature Experiences For the Whole Family

    Beyond the expansive offerings at Aqua Nick®, there is also Nickelodeon Place™, the hub of many of the resort’s entertainment features, which provides additional fun-filled activities for all ages. Kids will be delighted as they explore the resort with surprise character meet and greets, character dinners, Splash Mob dance parties and scavenger hunts to find iconic Nickelodeon characters. Plus, daily activities will include beachside yoga, cooking lessons at Bikini Bottom, beach volleyball competitions and nightly live entertainment.

    “Following the great success of the Punta Cana resort, we wanted to bring the Nickelodeon experience to Mexico, building one of the most anticipated hotels in Riviera Maya for families,” said Dolores López Lira, President and Founder of Grupo Lomas. “With industry-setting standards like rooms built for families of five, coupled with the unparalleled character immersions created here, all underscored by Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ five-star hospitality, this fan-favorite destination truly raises the bar. It is incredible to see the smiles on kids’ faces from the moment they walk in the lobby and are transported into the captivating world of Nickelodeon.”

    Even More Excitement to Come

    Beyond today’s opening, we are finalizing additional amenities to ensure you have the Slime of your life such as Náay Spa, the seafront fitness center, and daily activities and entertainment offerings, debuting October 2021. Guests can also look forward to the addition of Club Nick, the ultimate free play zone complete with themed days, a craft laboratory, surprise visits by fan-favorite characters and more. They will even get the chance to chill on the iconic Big Orange Couch in the SNICK Lounge, a hangout area geared towards older kids. Nickelodeon’s famed Orange Carpet will be rolled out soon as well so guests can feel like a star as they strut alongside their favorite characters. As an added bonus, they will be able to rub elbows with Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick, The Fairly Oddparents, and Paw Patrol at the upcoming Pajama Jam! Character Breakfasts. Finally, coming soon to  Aqua Nick® will be the addition of Personal Slimings and Nick Live! Poolside, which will feature live character performances where fans are pulled straight from the water to compete in wacky, thrilling Nickelodeon games – winners even get doused in Nickelodeon Slime!

    To ensure a holistic approach to guest safety and wellness, Karisma Hotels & Resorts created a comprehensive well-being program called Karisma Peace of Mind, which includes a free, on-site antigen test for guests traveling to the U.S. per CDC requirements.

    For more information and to make a reservation, call your travel advisor or visit: http://nickresortrivieramaya.com/

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Stonehill on Track to Deploy $1.25 billion in 2021

ATLANTA (Aug. 2, 2021) – Stonehill, a commercial real estate direct lender, announced it deployed $612 million across 64 transactions year-to-date. The company expects to deploy approximately $1.25 billion during 2021, increasing 74% from 2020. The transactions include first mortgage permanent and construction loans; bridge, and mezzanine loans; and hotel investments. The company also has an affiliate, Stonehill PACE, that offers commercial property assessed clean energy (CPACE) financing.

“These structured transactions are a reflection of our ability to provide creative and cost-efficient capital solutions that meet our sponsors’ unique needs,” said Mat Crosswy, Stonehill principal. “Our experience originating complex transactions as well as the quickness and certainty of execution differentiates us in the market.”

A survey conducted in late 2020 by the American Hotel & Lodging Association found that half of hotel owners said they were in danger of foreclosure by their commercial real estate debt lenders. Fortunately, government support and ongoing help from banks have kept hotel owners from suffering even steeper losses. However, certain of those supports are coming to an end. 

“The tide is turning, and we have experienced an increase in activity from hotel owners and investors as forbearance periods are ending and traditional lenders becoming less flexible than they were a year ago,” Crosswy said. “With the industry in recovery mode, hotel owners are looking for financing options to ensure their properties and portfolios have an optimal capital stack to see them through to a normalized operating environment.”

Stonehill as a senior lender originates loans across the capital structure for acquisitions, construction, recapitalizations, refinancing, and renovations.

“Stonehill prides itself on working with owners to find financial solutions that work for all parties involved,” Crosswy said.

About Stonehill
Stonehill primarily focuses on funding permanent loans, bridge loans, mezzanine loans, and preferred equity investments backed by limited- and select-service and compact full-service hotel assets. Since its founding in 2013, Stonehill originated more than $3.5 billion in loans for hospitality projects seeking capital to complete acquisitions, recapitalizations, refinancing and renovations. For additional information, please visit
www.stonehillsc.com.  

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AMResorts® Launches AMR™ Collection to Further Strengthen Market Positioning

Leading resort brand management company marks 20-year milestone with brand update to ‘Celebrate Every Moment’
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — AMResorts L.P. introduces the new master brand AMR™ Collection. Inspired by guests throughout its successful 20-year track record, AMR™ Collection brings together six resort brands, each designed for every lifestyle and stage of life, under one trusted name. The new master brand was envisioned to help agents and guests easily select the resort that best fits their needs. The group is also introducing four and five-star collection tiers as part of the repositioning. These categories further define the level of luxury of each resort brand and provide guests with multiple entry points for a luxury travel experience.

The launch strategically coincides with the 20th anniversary of AMResorts® and builds on its history of serving loyal resort guests who expect the best vacation experiences and innovation. Twenty years ago, the group reintroduced the all-inclusive concept as a luxury experience. AMResorts®‘ innovative approach – which elevated food and beverage, entertainment, world-class spas and beachfront settings – quickly became the industry standard worldwide. The master brand is the result of a successful track record of developing unique brands, now optimized to define and deliver what travelers want into the future. AMR Collection is introduced with a new tagline ‘Celebrate Every Moment’, which represents the group’s philosophy and lifelong commitment to creating memories for every lifestyle and stage of life. The resort brands are dedicated to helping guests celebrate all moments without the need for a special occasion. For the collection, ‘Celebrate Every Moment’ also signifies a higher customer lifetime value and further defines the customer journey.

“‘Celebrate Every Moment’ captures the feeling we aim to create for every guest through the memories made at AMR Collection resorts – it reflects what vacation means for travelers today more than ever,” said Erica Doyne, SVP of Marketing and Communications for AMResorts®. “Throughout our history, and during this past year especially, we have learned that everyday moments are worth celebrating, and AMR Collection offers the ideal backdrop to do just that.” 

Doyne adds, “The AMR Collection master brand ties the portfolio together for enhanced recognition and helps consumers connect multiple brands under one trusted name. From a business perspective, the collection’s structure will help cultivate strong and consistent brands and drive revenue through strategic marketing efforts, while increasing the portfolio’s overall enterprise value.”

Looking ahead, AMR Collection will include new product line extensions to accommodate market segment preferences, and further differentiate the adults-only and family-friendly resorts. By focusing on lifestyle and life stages through the updated brand structure, there is unlimited growth potential for the collection, while the resorts will better meet guest expectations and deliver the most value for their vacation.

“For the last two decades, AMResorts® has revolutionized the all-inclusive segment and led the industry in innovation. The AMR Collection’s signature vacation concept will continue to do just that,” said Gonzalo del Peón, Group President for AMResorts® Americas & Global Commercial. “Once we’ve raised the bar, we challenge ourselves to raise it again with an eye on the future.”

AMR Collection includes Secrets®, Dreams® and Breathless® Resorts & Spas, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Alua® Hotels & Resorts and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. The company has grown to become one of the largest portfolios of all-inclusive branded luxury resorts in the Americas, tripling in size in the last decade, and is currently experiencing a massive expansion in Europe. The portfolio offers 102 properties across 36 beachfront destinations and eight countries and has been the first to introduce the all-inclusive experience to new locales such as St. Martin and Macao Beach in the Dominican Republic.  

For more information on the AMR Collection and booking your next vacation, visit AMRCollection.com or contact your local travel partner.

The term “AMResorts” and “company” is used in this release for convenience to refer to AMResorts, L.P., or one or more of its affiliates, which collectively provide sales, marketing and brand management services to resort and hotel brands under the AMR Collection.

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Starwood Capital Group Announces the Appointment of Raul Leal as CEO of SH Hotels & Resorts

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MIAMI, Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Starwood Capital Group, a leading global private investment firm focused on real estate and energy infrastructure, today announced the appointment of Raul Leal as Chief Executive Officer of SH Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary company that oversees brands such as 1 Hotels, Treehouse Hotels and Baccarat. Mr. Leal will begin his new role on August 19, 2021.

Mr. Leal joins SH Hotels & Resorts as it is positioned for explosive growth, following the award-winning launches of its three global brands, 1 Hotels and Homes, Treehouse Hotels, and Baccarat Hotels and Resorts. Today, 1 Hotels is founded on the mission of teaching people they can still enjoy a luxury experience while living a more sustainable life, and has hotels operating in South Beach, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Haitang Bay, China, and will open in Toronto this August. 1 Hotels also has projects under development in London, Paris, San Francisco, Nashville, Kauai, Cabo San Lucas, Melbourne and another 15 in its active pipeline. The group’s fun, focused and playfully bohemian Treehouse brand debuted in London and is under development in Sunnyvale, Copenhagen, Manchester, UK and Miami. The group’s ultra-luxury bespoke Baccarat Hotels and Residences are open in New York City with projects under development in Bordeaux, Miami, Florence and Macau.

Mr. Leal is a longtime veteran of the hotel industry with extensive experience building brands, having most recently served as the President and CEO of Virgin Hotels for 10 years, where he oversaw the launch of five Virgin-branded hotels and the development of another 10 in its pipeline. Previously. Mr. Leal was President and Partner at Tecton Hospitality, an independent management company, which owned and operated a diverse portfolio of 35 branded hotels and boutique hotels. In 2002, anticipating the growth of boutique hotels, he launched Desires Hotels, a division of Tecton Hospitality and one of the first management companies focused on the growing lifestyle hotel segment and one of the first to use CRM technology to understand consumer preferences. Under his leadership, Desires Hotels had 20 award-winning boutique hotels located in U.S. and global urban and resort locations and it was named “Best Management Company of the Year” by Lodging Hospitality at that time. Prior to those positions, he held General Management positions for Interstate Hotels, Lane Hotels and The Continental Companies.

SH Brands expects to establish its headquarters office in Miami, while maintaining New York and Los Angeles satellite venues. Mr. Leal will succeed Arash Azarbarzin, who will be leaving SH Hotels & Resorts to pursue a new opportunity.
“We are excited to announce the appointment of Raul Leal as CEO of SH Hotels & Resorts,” said Barry Sternlicht, Chairman of SH Hotels & Resorts. “Raul will continue to lead the company’s rapid expansion and help polish and continue to redefine the very definition of excellence in guest service as SH moves into the ranks of a major independent management hotel company. Raul has a track record of innovation and understands branding, sophisticated and compelling design and new technologies that can power and enhance the guest experience. I’m thrilled he will lead the next chapter of the company’s growth.

“I want to thank Arash for his incredible partnership in building SH, and in helping establish the 1 and Treehouse brands as a global reality and market leaders. We will miss Arash and wish him success in all his endeavors.”

“I am honored and thrilled to be joining one of the great innovators in our industry, Barry Sternlicht and the talented SH team,” said Mr. Leal. “Barry has created a brand with a purpose which is near and dear to my heart and resonates with today’s consumers, team members and shareholders. The operational foundation has been set by Arash Azarbarzin and his team, and I look forward to working closely with our people and partners on this wonderful journey.”

About Starwood Capital Group

Starwood Capital Group is a private investment firm with a core focus on global real estate, energy infrastructure and oil & gas. The Firm and its affiliates maintain 16 offices in seven countries around the world, and currently have approximately 4,000 employees. Since its inception in 1991, Starwood Capital Group has raised over $60 billion of capital, and currently has approximately $90 billion of assets under management. Through a series of comingled opportunity funds and Starwood Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (SREIT), a non-listed REIT, the Firm has invested in virtually every category of real estate on a global basis, opportunistically shifting asset classes, geographies and positions in the capital stack as it perceives risk/reward dynamics to be evolving. Starwood Capital also manages Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), the largest commercial mortgage real estate investment trust in the United States, which has successfully deployed over $69 billion of capital since inception and manages a portfolio of over $18 billion across debt and equity investments. Over the past 29 years, Starwood Capital Group and its affiliates have successfully executed an investment strategy that involves building enterprises in both the private and public markets. Additional information can be found at starwoodcapital.com.

About SH Hotels & Resorts

SH Hotels & Resorts, an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, is a hotel brand management company that operates 1 Hotels, a mission-driven luxury lifestyle brand that launched in 2015 with properties in South Beach, Manhattan, Brooklyn, West Hollywood and Haitang Bay with projects under development in San Francisco, Nashville, Sunnyvale, Hanalei Bay, Cabo San Lucas, Paris, Toronto and Melbourne. SH Hotels & Resorts also operates Treehouse Hotel, a sister to the 1 Hotels brand, with has a location in London and is in development in Copenhagen, Manchester, UK and Miami, as well as Baccarat Hotels Resorts, a luxury brand that debuted its flagship property in March 2015 in New York, with projects under development in Doha, Bordeaux and Florence. SH Hotels & Resorts properties are among the first hotels in the world to become Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide. The comprehensive facility verification helps ensure that guests and travel planners can book with confidence at properties that have appropriate health safety procedures in place. Leveraging its marketing, design, operational and technological expertise, SH Hotels & Resorts is the force behind some of the most groundbreaking and forward-thinking hotel brands in the world—a brand, a cause, and a platform for change.

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Investors Say Quick Serve Restaurant Operations Similar to Hotel Biz!

In the second half of our chat discussing #QSR with Focus Brands LLC CEO Jim Holthouser, we discuss how easy it is to get involved in this business because as he says, it’s the same business, just different branches on the same tree. Here’s how to invest in this great category, then come see them at booth #600 during AAHOA.

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Hoteliers Investing in QSR category. Here’s why

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Hoteliers are diversifying their investments into new categories such as quick serve restaurants, #qsrs. Focus Brands LLC and its former hotelier executive Jim Holthouser shares why he switched over to QSR and how hoteliers can cash in on this segment with brands such as McAlister’s Deli, Cinnabon, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Auntie Anne’s LLC, Carvel Corporation and more!

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FNA 22: Cocktails, Comedy and Immediate Regret

Baggett, tag It, sell it to the pirate at the store! Chris Baggett of Canyon Creek Lodging mixes up a pirate themed cocktail, we take a look at the ALIS parties and lots more fun!

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7.29 We Speak To Bijal Patel About Current Trends

Serving as the Chairman of the California Hotel & Lodging Association and as the CEO of Coast Redwood Hospitality, Bijal Patel joins us to discuss what the current landscape looks like. With Glenn and Anthony just returning from California we get to hear about what Bijal is working on to help his company and California Lodging as a whole return to normal.

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