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    Ponte Vedra RecorderApr 07, 2021

    New management company for Hilton Garden Inn in Sawgrass Village

    “We are pleased to add the Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra to our management portfolio,” said McKibbon Hospitality President Randy Hassen. “This new opportunity allows us to expand our presence in the Jacksonville area and provide our guests with the highest level of service and warm hospitality.”

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    Hotel BusinessNov 04, 2020

    McKibbon Hospitality Adds Three Hotels

    McKibbon Hospitality has added three new South Walton, FL hotels to its management portfolio. Owned by Miramar Beach, FL-based real estate development and investment company, Howard Group, the three properties include Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, and Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard.

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    Hospitality NetOct 20, 2020

    Courtyard Tallahassee Unveils Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

    McKibbon Hospitality, an award-winning leader in hotel management, today announced that Courtyard Tallahassee North/I-10 Capital Circle, owned by Hospitality Investors Trust (HIT), has completed an all-encompassing, multi-million-dollar renovation.

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    Hotel BusinessOct 09, 2020

    McKibbon Hospitality Adds Five South Florida Hampton Inns

    Owned by Hospitality Investors Trust (HIT), the five Hilton properties include Hampton Inn Boca Raton, Hampton Inn & Suites Boynton Beach, Hampton Inn Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach, Hampton Inn Palm Beach Gardens and Hampton Inn West Palm Beach-Florida Turnpike.

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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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    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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    News & Press

    AFARMar 31, 2021

    Best Asheville Hotels for a Truly Local Stay (Kimpton Hotel Arras)

    The pet-friendly Kimpton Hotel Arras opened in October 2019 as part of a historic transformation of the former BB&T Bank, which was built in 1965 in Asheville’s bustling Pack Square. Now, the building (the tallest in Asheville) features 128 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, some showcasing impressive views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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    USA TodayMar 16, 2021

    Top spots for socially-distant, family-friendly weekend getaways: North Carolina

    Stay close to Asheville’s restaurants and museums at the Foundry Hotel Asheville or Kimpton Hotel Arras, or retreat to the secluded Omni Grove Park Inn. For even more privacy, cabin rentals are available at the Esmeralda Inn at Lake Lure and Asheville Country Cabins.

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    Southern LivingFeb 16, 2021

    Asheville Hotel Relaunches Trailblazing Foster Dog Program

    In addition to Aloft Asheville Downtown, McKibbon's Aloft Tallahassee Downtown, Aloft Greenville Downtown, and Aloft Orlando Downtown properties have also implemented foster dog programs in partnership with local rescue organizations.

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    Tampa DispatchJan 15, 2021

    McKibbon Hospitality Celebrates Erin Cerrato's CRME Certification

    Cerrato is the first member of McKibbon’s talented in-house revenue management team to receive this certification, elevating the team’s potential to maximize profits and drive market share across its management portfolio.

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    Hotel News NowDec 29, 2020

    How COVID-19 shifted fundamentals of hotel management

    Bruce Baerwalde, EVP of operations at McKibbon Hospitality, said in an email interview that as the pandemic began to take hold, the company rolled out a cleanliness initiative called “Our Clean Pledge,” a program intended to “provide our team with the tools and guidance necessary to safely and comfortably conduct their duties and ensure our guests’ confidence in the cleanliness and safety of our hotels.”

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    WSOC TVDec 03, 2020

    Roof Above will transform west Charlotte hotel into affordable housing community

    As temperatures get colder and the pandemic continues, Roof Above plans to transform a west Charlotte hotel into an affordable housing community. The hotel, located at the intersection of Clanton Road and Interstate 77, will be an emergency shelter for women and families this winter. The project is estimated to cost $12 million. Roof Above has raised money through government and philanthropic support including a significant financial contribution from John McKibbon and the McKibbon Family Foundation

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    GSA Biz WireNov 30, 2020

    New Director of Sales at Aloft Greenville Downtown

    Jake O'Dare was recently hired to be the new Director of Sales at the Aloft Greenville Downtown managed by McKibbon Hospitality. Jake has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry and is moving to Greenville with his wife and two kids to call the Upstate home. He has a degree in Resort Tourism Management from Coastal Carolina University and graduated from Wando High School.

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    Hotel ExecutiveNov 19, 2020

    Kimpton Hotel Arras Receives AAA Four Diamond Designation

    Kimpton Hotel Arras, McKibbon Hospitality's boutique, 128-room hotel in the heart of downtown Asheville, announces it has earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond designation for 2020. Awarded to properties with upscale style and amenities enhanced with the right touch of service, just 6.5 percent of the nearly 27,000 AAA Diamond lodgings have received this designation.

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    Mountain XpressOct 13, 2020

    “Ode to Buskers & Asheville Music” sculpture unveiled

    Kimpton Hotel Arras and local artists today unveiled, “Ode to Buskers & Asheville Music,” a locally created, life-size stainless steel sculpture located outdoors on the corner of Lexington and Patton at Kimpton Hotel Arras.

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    Travel & Tour WorldAug 13, 2020

    Todd Kinney appointed General Manager of Hyatt House Tampa Avion Park

    Todd Kinney has been appointed General Manager of the new Hyatt House Tampa Avion Park under McKibbon Hospitality, an award-winning leader in hotel management. Kinney comes with years of experience and is considered to be a veteran of the hospitality industry. In his new role, Kinney will be responsible for overseeing all operations for the 145-room, extended-stay hotel, which is slated to open at the end of this year.

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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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    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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    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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