Today's Hotelier - September 2016 - 12

nEWS bYTES kana Hotel Group breakinG Ground on Hilton tru property PHOTO: TRU bY HILTON. The Kana Hotel Group of Knoxville, Tenn., will break ground on a brand-new fourstory 90-room Hilton Tru property. The project is aimed at catering to millennials and other price-conscious travelers looking for clean, modern rooms all for about $100 a night. In an article on, Alpesh Patel, chief executive officer of the Kana Hotel Group, said in their market research, the moderate rates didn't justify a high-end hotel, "But we saw a need for good quality, clean properties," he said. Until a few months ago, Patel had never visited Florida's capital. "This is our first hotel in Tallahassee," Patel said in the article. "We like markets that have diverse demand generators - it's a state capital, it has a large university." The group hopes to break ground in early October and have the hotel up and running in the next 10-12 months. "Our goal is to be open before the first football game," he said. Milestone project HiGHliGHts Multi-brand Hotel trend PHOTO COURTESY mARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL. Marriott celebrated the groundbreaking of its first-ever hotel to contain three of its brands in a single building. The project will rise in Nashville's SoBro neighborhood, which over the last few years has been transforming into a bustling area. The 470-room, $137-million hotel is expected to open mid-year in 2018. "Marriott continues to grow its multi-brand portfolio, as these projects offer a myriad of benefits to both our development partners and our guests. Developers can target multiple consumer segments while benefitting from significant construction and cost synergies. Hotel guests are offered a wider range of options to serve all of their travel needs," said Tony Capuano, executive vice president and global chief development officer at Marriott. The L-shaped, 21-story building being developed by Atlanta-based North Point Hospitality will contain an AC Hotels by Marriott ® that will occupy 209 rooms and a combined SpringHill Suites by Marriott ® and Residence Inn by Marriott ® in the adjoining wing with 125 rooms and 136 rooms, respectively. Though customers will see and experience three distinct brands and experiences, the developer has planned to consolidate behind-the-scenes operations and spaces to reduce ongoing expenses. "We are very excited to make history with Marriott by being the first company to develop a tri-branded Marriott hotel," said S. Jay Patel, president and CEO of North Point Hospitality. Customers stand to benefit from this trend since the multi-brand hotels typically have more robust amenities. North Point Hospitality's plan for the project includes a large pool, state-ofthe-art fitness center, and large conference and meeting space on the top floor. STORY FROM MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE. Construction begins on Marriott's first‑ever triple‑brand hotel, located in Nashville's popular Sobro neighborhood [rendering]. 12  | SEpTEMbER 2016 | TODAYSHOTELIER.COM PHOTO: OmNI mAjESTIC HOTEL. Hawkeye Hotels acquires historic hotel The historic Omni Majestic Hotel, built in 1913, was acquired by Hawkeye Hotels, based in Burlington, Iowa. This year, Hawkeye Hotels also acquired Hotel Modern, a 10-story hotel in New Orleans, La. The Omni Majestic Hotel is located in the heart of the St. Louis Central Business District, which is home to nine Fortune 500 companies. In a news release, president of Hawkeye Hotels Ravi Patel said his company plans to completely refurbish and rebrand the hotel. Once renovations are complete, the brand and flag of the hotel will be determined. Patel said Hawkeye Hotels is in talks with partners such as Marriott, Hilton and IHG. "We're taking great care to restore and update a hotel that has been around for over a century," Patel said. After renovations are complete, the historic hotel will feature a 24-hour business center, high-speed internet, a fitness center and 1,800 square feet of meeting space. "From a development standpoint, this deal really encompasses everything we look for, which is a vibrant market supported by strong demand generators, a partnership with a trusted brand and a healthy economy that is built to last," said Raj Patel, Hawkeye Hotels chief development officer. http://www.TODAYSHOTELIER.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - September 2016

Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & Ceo
News Bytes
AAHOA Spotlight
Government Affairs
5 Easy Ways to Become a Health‑Conscious Hotelier
4 Points of the Traveler's Journey
Navigating to Healthful
The Latest Strategies in Achieving Sustainability Savings
Employee Training
Sales & Marketing
Finance Q&A
AAHOA Founding Members
AAHOA Event Shots
Advertiser Index

Today's Hotelier - September 2016