John Pedlow Appointed COO At Pacifica Hotels

ALISO VIEJO, CA–Pacifica Hotels, the largest owner and operator of independent, design-inspired hotels on the Pacific Coast, announces the appointment of John Pedlow as Chief Operating Officer. 

Pedlow brings over 25 years of operations and revenue experience to the Pacifica Hotels team, with his most recent role as SVP of Operations for Pacifica. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Revenue, responsible for development and execution of commercial strategy, including the oversight of all revenue, marketing, and sales efforts.  Today, he oversees all day-to-day operations and works closely with corporate regional team members to support the growing and diverse Pacifica Hotels portfolio.

“John’s new role provides us with a new leadership perspective and unique talents that will continue to evolve Pacifica Hotels,” said Matt Marquis, CEO at Pacifica Hotels. “The next few years we will see robust growth within our portfolio, and I am more confident than ever in the evolution of our team and our company with John at the helm.”

Pedlow has been instrumental in shaping the vision of Pacifica Hotels, a company that aims to be the preferred partner in hospitality, creating tailored experiences through passion and commitment.

CoralTree Hospitality To Manage Four Additional Tavistock Hotels In Lake Nona, Orlando, FL

DENVER–Tom Luersen, president of CoralTree Hospitality, today announced that the company is expanding its portfolio with Tavistock Development Company after the successful launch of the Lake Nona Wave Hotel, which opened in December 2021. CoralTree now also manages four of the development company’s Marriott branded properties in Lake Nona including a Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and a new Aloft Hotel, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2023.

“It’s a great compliment when owners choose to expand their partnership with us,” said Luersen. “We’ve had a great relationship with Tavistock throughout the opening of the Lake Nona Wave Hotel and look forward to supporting the development company’s four Marriott hotels in Lake Nona as well. It’s an exciting time with Tavistock as we continue to build our partnership in the Orlando area.”

CoralTree started working with Tavistock in late 2020 when the management company was entrusted with opening the 234-room Lake Nona Wave Hotel, the centerpiece to the Lake Nona community urban core. The four additional branded hotels represent 562 more rooms under CoralTree’s management. Each of the Lake Nona hotels under CoralTree management ranks at the top of their brand throughout the United States with the Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Lake Nona ranked No. 4, the Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando Lake Nona is No. 12 in the Americas and the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando Lake Nona is rated No. 13.

Located minutes from Orlando International Airport, Lake Nona is a convenient destination for the more than 40 million passengers traveling though Florida’s busiest airport each year. Created by Tavistock, Lake Nona is built on partnerships and one-of-a-kind experiences that bridge the connection between live, work, stay and play. An idealized city of the future, Lake Nona is an environment designed for people, institutions and businesses to thrive.

“We’ve enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with the team at CoralTree and we are looking forward to extending that across all of our hotels in Lake Nona to create a seamless and exceptional guest experience,” said Nick Beucher, president of Tavistock Development Company.

IHG Brings Voco Brand To Mexico

ATLANTA–IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announced the signings of two new voco hotels in Guadalajara and Saltillo, Mexico. The signings mark the introduction of the voco hotels upscale hospitality brand to the Mexico market, and an extension of its global reach beyond its current foothold in major cities in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Scheduled to open in late 2022 under the ownership of Vertex Ophthalmic Group, the voco hotel Guadalajara Neruda will occupy five floors of the 11-story Neruda 2828 mixed-use project within the city’s financial district. Featuring 104 guest rooms, a neighborhood restaurant and bar, rooftop terrace, and business and fitness centers, the hotel will welcome business and leisure travelers into an environment that is comfortable and reliable, but also vibrant and of unique character.

Jorge Celis, COO, Vertex Ophthalmic Group, said: “The new voco hotel is an ideal fit for the Guadalajara Neruda complex, which will bring a modern vibe and a host of professional, commercial and leisure visitors to the area. We are honored to open Mexico’s first voco hotel in Guadalajara and offer our guests a high-quality, special and memorable experience.”

The voco hotel Saltillo is projected to open in 2023, with owner and developer American Hotels Group leading the conversion of a property originally built as an independent hotel in 2006. Conveniently located among Saltillo’s automotive and manufacturing district and adjacent to the American Sports Center recreation complex, voco hotel Saltillo will feature 125 guest suites, more than 700 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center, indoor pool, and both a restaurant and bar.

Juan Carlos Saade, General Director, American Hotels Group, said: “Whether visiting for business or recreation, guests of voco Saltillo will enjoy a unique blend of the familiar feels of home and the curiosity and potential for discovery of the area. We look forward to working with the IHG team to open and grow this hotel.”

German Ongay, Regional Vice President Development – Mexico, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “voco hotels maintain the local character and history of an independent hotel, paired with the quality and reassurance of a respected global brand. Guadalajara and Saltillo are the ideal locations to introduce our newest and fastest-growing premium brand to Mexico, and we are thrilled to partner with Vertex Ophthalmic Group and American Hotels Group to make these two properties a reality.”

Sonesta Expands International Locations In Colombia With Sonesta Hotel Cali

NEWTON, MASonesta International Hotels Corporation (Sonesta) is expanding its international portfolio and footprint in South America with the addition of Sonesta Hotel Cali, the brand’s seventh property in Colombia. The hotel is located 12 miles north of the Alfonso Bonilla Airport and just north of downtown Cali.

The hotel features 148 fully equipped guest rooms and 33 executive suites. Guests benefit from a variety of on-site amenities, including two restaurants, a lobby bar, a business center, a fitness center, a swimming pool and a spa. Sonesta Hotel Cali also has 10 meeting rooms totaling 11,646 square feet to accommodate business meetings and events.

Cali is the self-proclaimed “salsa capital of the world” with distinct neighborhoods, each with unique restaurants, nightlife and attractions, including architecturally significant cathedrals and churches. The city is surrounded by mountains, forests and natural parks, offering plenty of opportunity to explore, hike and birdwatch. The hotel’s proximity to designer boutiques in the nearby Chipichape Shopping Center and Zone Rosa and its location just minutes from the city center and major businesses make it a great choice for both business and leisure travelers.

“The addition of Sonesta Hotel Cali to our global portfolio brings momentum to our refocused efforts in Latin America,” said Keith Pierce, Sonesta’s President Franchise & Development. “We are eager to continue growing our presence in South America.”

Sonesta Hotel Cali marks the brand’s 13th hotel in South America under the management of GHL Hotels and is the latest property where travelers can earn and use points through Sonesta’s guest loyalty program, Sonesta Travel Pass. Members earn 10 points for every dollar spent on a qualified room rate at participating locations, including all North and South American locations.

“We are excited about the potential for long-term expansion in the region, especially for Sonesta franchise opportunities in the Caribbean and Mexico,” said Brian Quinn, Chief Development Officer for Sonesta. “We look forward to working with our master franchisee GHL to expand our reach in the region.”

M3 Helps Launch $350k Ukraine Relief Initiative By Becoming A Founding Partner Of HospitalityforPeace.org

GWINNETT, GA— M3, along with other hotel tech providers, has successfully helped launch HospitalityForPeace.org. Through the alliance of these hospitality and hospitality-related companies, the hotel industry has come together to help provide Ukrainian with much-needed relief and aid. These donations, currently totaling more than $350,000 raised by the organization, will be distributed through boots-on-the-ground charities. M3’s donation was specifically targeted to the World Central Kitchen, .

Ukrainians are currently facing the worst humanitarian crisis the world has seen in decades. The number of attacks are escalating each day, with no end in sight. Ukraine’s infrastructure is being attacked and destroyed, including hospitals where mothers welcome new life and schools that children have always considered a safe space. Ukrainians’ access to the internet has also been manipulated over the past couple of weeks, causing a lack of communication to coordinate news and strategy for the country.

“We watched the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine as a community and agreed that we couldn’t stand idly by. Collectively we decided that we’d be able to make more of an impact together than through individual company initiatives,” says project organizer Adam Hollander, “The fact that within the first week of launching this initiative, we’ve already raised more than $290k is a testament to the rapid impact we can have by working together as an industry.”

The inhumane activities in Ukraine are having devastating effects on countless innocent lives and continue to be an impediment to global peace.  Through this initiative, M3 is contributing with the hope that it can directly assist those in need while promoting peace for all.

“M3 is more than software and more than technology. M3 is an organization with a heart, and it beats loudly for those suffering in Ukraine.” Said Scott Watson, CSMO at M3.

To learn more about Hospitality for Peace, please visit https://partners.hoteltechreport.com/hospitality-for-peace/

 

 

 

The LCP Group & Safanad Acquire Postcard Inn, St. Pete Beach

NEW YORK—A joint-venture between The LCP Group, L.P. (“LCP”), a vertically integrated, private real estate investment firm specializing in hospitality investing, and Safanad, a real estate and private equity investment firm, announced it acquired the iconic Postcard Inn on the Beach, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

The 196-room oceanfront resort is situated on an expansive 9.64-acre tract with over 300 feet of frontage along the Gulf of Mexico, offering unparalleled access to St. Pete’s renowned beaches. Initially constructed in 1957, Postcard Inn features a lobby café, a full-service restaurant, and 3,880 square feet of combined indoor and outdoor terrace meeting space that can accommodate up to 200 guests. The guestrooms feature a retro throwback feel of a nostalgic American beach vacation, and the hotel offers guests a lively atmosphere with the largest pool on St. Pete Beach.

“Postcard Inn is located in a highly desirable destination market with one of the highest barriers to entry in all of the United States,” said Francis Lively, CEO of LCP. “The hotel is an iconic asset with tremendous upside in a market primed for growth.”

St. Pete Beach is called the “Sunset Capital of Florida” and was ranked in 2021 by TripAdvisor as the #1 beach in America. The hotel’s prime location offers guests access to the traditional amenities of a beachfront property, as well as convenient access to the many cultural and sporting attractions in the rapidly growing Tampa/St. Petersburg metropolitan area. “Combining in-place cash flow, a significant renovation program, and a beachfront location amidst the continued unification of the Tampa & St. Pete metros is a recipe for success,” added Peter Sullivan, COO of LCP.

“Postcard Inn exhibits a rare combination of highly sought-after investment characteristics,” said Tim Fuzesi, Managing Director of Safanad. “Resilient historical cash flows coupled with upside value potential through incremental investment and market growth in an irreplaceable location on the St. Pete Beach beachfront.”

The joint venture plans a comprehensive renovation of the asset to further modernize the guestrooms and enhance the food and beverage offerings. Crescent Hotels & Resorts will manage the asset under the Latitudes Collection umbrella.