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Tampa Bay Business JournalJul 02, 2020

Winter gets a hotel: Dolphin’s Beach Club opens on Clearwater Beach

Located at 655 S. Gulfview Blvd., the 91-room beachfront hotel boasts an outdoor pool with beach cabana rentals, as well as two on-site restaurants, Cabanas Coastal Grill and Cabanas Beachside. It is managed by Tampa-based McKibbon Hospitality.

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Business ObserverJun 26, 2020

Tampa-based McKibbon Hospitality opens SpringHill Suites Lakeland

Tampa-based McKibbon Hospitality and its partner, Lakeland Hospitality Group, officially opened SpringHill Suites Lakeland with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.

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Florida TrendApr 27, 2020

Florida and the COVID-19 recession: Looking ahead

In Tampa, McKibbon Hospitality, a hotel management company, established an “associate assistance fund” to assist laid-off employees with groceries and other necessities, providing $200 every two weeks for 90 days beginning on April 3. The private sector’s flexibility and quick response should help to blunt the recessionary forces.

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Hotel Business Mar 23, 2020

Compassion in a Time of Crisis

Hotel management company McKibbon Hospitality has established an associate assistance fund in response to the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the hospitality industry. Aimed at assisting its former employees with groceries and other necessities, the fund will provide payments of $200 every two weeks for all of the firm’s recently laid-off employees for 90 days beginning on April 3.

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Hospitality NetMar 21, 2020

McKibbon Hospitality Establishes Associate Assistance Fund

In the 94 years that McKibbon Hospitality has been in business, we have never endured more challenging times. COVID-19's impact on our business, our industry, our communities, and the entire world, has been rapid and nothing short of devastating. For that reason, we've been forced to make extremely difficult decisions, including completely suspending operations at several hotels and laying off the majority of our highly valued associates.

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NY TimesOct 23, 2019

Forget the Cookie. I Want a Dog at Check In.

The Aloft pet adoption program was started at the Aloft Asheville Downtown in Asheville, N.C., in 2014. That hotel teamed up with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue in Fletcher, N.C., taking in one dog and housing him or her in a state-of-the-art doghouse just adjacent to the hotel’s check-in desk.

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Hotel ExecutiveSep 17, 2020

McKibbon Hospitality Appoints Matthew Ram as Vice President of Acquisitions

Bringing more than 10 years of financial analysis expertise to McKibbon, Ram will be responsible for leading the charge as the family-owned and operated company moves into the acquisition space, managing deal sourcing, underwriting and investment analysis, acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, transaction support, and investor relations.

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Hotel ExecutiveJul 20, 2020

Lakeland Hospitality Group and McKibbon Hospitality Open New SpringHill Suites in Lakeland, Florida

Lakeland Hospitality Group, McKibbon Hospitality, and local officials gathered today to celebrate the grand opening of Lakeland's newest and cleanest hotel, SpringHill Suites Lakeland, with a ribbon-cutting and tours. The hotel, which broke ground on October 1, 2018, and was completed this spring, will be managed by Tampa-based McKibbon Hospitality with General Manager John Loute overseeing all operations and leading the team on property.

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Hotel ManagementJul 02, 2020

Hotels open doors across the country

Owner Lakeland Hospitality Group opened the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Lakeland, Fla. McKibbon Hospitality manages the property, which is located in Lakeland’s downtown adjacent to the RP Funding Center and 6 miles from the Lakeland Linder International Airport.

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Hotel BusinessJun 29, 2020

New Hotels Open in the South

The 126-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland, owned by Lakeland Hospitality Group and managed by McKibbon Hospitality, has opened in Lakeland, FL.

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Mountain XpressJun 24, 2020

Local artists featured in Aloft Asheville renovation

McKibbon Hospitality today announced that its Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel has completed an extensive renovation, which was handled by Atlanta, GA-based McKibbon Places. The renovation includes new furnishings, updated flooring, and features the work of several local artists in its public spaces, guestrooms, and suites.

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RE JournalJun 16, 2020

Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop-Fulton Market reopens with enhanced health and safety measures

Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop-Fulton Market is currently accepting reservations and will begin welcoming guests back. The reopening comes with a focus on guest and associate health, enhanced cleanliness and disinfection protocols, and physical distancing measures.

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Madison JournalJun 10, 2020

State-of-the-art Township hotel hits milestone

Kerioth Corporation, headquartered in Ridgeland, announced the topping out of a construction milestone of Mississippi’s first AC Hotel by Marriott in Ridgeland’s The Township at Colony Park, a mixed-use project developed by Kerioth. The hotel will be managed by McKibbon Hospitality.

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The Lakeland LedgerJun 10, 2020

Lakeland’s new hotel offers sneak peek ahead of grand opening

The Swan City’s newest hotel, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, will open June 25, providing about 35-40 new jobs and offering 4,000 square feet of meeting space. That feature alone is expected to attract even more big-ticket events and give RP Funding Center patrons two hotels to choose from for accommodations.

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Hotel News NowApr 20, 2020

Companies help laid-off employees in variety of ways

Randy Hassen, president of McKibbon Hospitality, said the hotel industry was hit quickly and drastically, and his company looked for the best way it could to help its employees with the essentials. On 3 April, McKibbon Hospitality’s 90-day associate assistance fund took effect in the company’s payroll system. The fund, which will provide $200 every two weeks, is to help all its temporarily laid-off employees purchase groceries and supplies, such as medication.

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Hotel ExecutiveApr 16, 2020

McKibbon Hospitality Appoints Luis Arancibia as General Manager of Aloft Orlando Downtown

"Luis is a highly dedicated professional and we are thrilled to have him continue his career within the McKibbon portfolio," said Karl Oates, vice president of Lifestyle Hotels. "Luis's forward-thinking management style and effortless creativity makes him the perfect candidate for the GM position at Aloft Orlando Downtown, one of the most unique and hip boutique properties in Central Florida."

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Hotel ManagementMar 24, 2020

McKibbon establishes 90-day associate assistance fund

After laying off the majority of its employees due to COVID-19, McKibbon Hospitality has decided to establish an associate assistance fund. Aimed at assisting former employees with groceries and other necessities, the fund will provide payments of $200 every two weeks for all recently laid-off employees for 90 days beginning April 3.

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Hospitality NetFeb 28, 2020

McKibbon Hospitality Begins Renovation of Aloft Asheville Downtown

McKibbon Hospitality, an award-winning leader in hotel management, today announced that Aloft Asheville Downtown has begun an all-encompassing renovation, implementing modern, stylistic upgrades, new soft goods and refreshed amenities throughout. The hotel remains open during the renovation, which began in January 2020 and is expected to be completed this March.

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DogsterJan 06, 2020

This Hotel Is Helping Shelter Pups Find Their Forever Homes

It all started with a real love for dogs,” states Emma Ledbetter, corporate food and beverage manager for McKibbon Hospitality, and the person who spearheaded its dog foster program following two serendipitous plane rides.

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GSA BizWireJan 06, 2020

McKibbon Hospitality Announces the Promotion of Kelly Schlitter to Director of Sales at Aloft Greenville Downtown

McKibbon Hospitality an award-winning leader in hotel management, today announced the promotion of Kelly Schlitter to Director of Sales at Aloft Greenville Downtown. In her new role, Kelly will be responsible for managing all sales and marketing efforts for the lifestyle hotel located on ONE City Plaza in downtown Greenville.

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Hotel OnlineJan 06, 2020

Quality Inn Clearwater Beach Begins Renovation and Rebranding to Dolphin Sands Beach Club

The Quality Inn beachfront hotel, located at 655 S. Gulfview Blvd., is currently undergoing a complete transformation and will relaunch in the Spring as Dolphin Sands Beach Club.

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