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Top Hotel NewsJan 23, 2022

McKibbon Hospitality celebrates year of growth as Covid recovery continues

McKibbon grew its footprint over the past year by assuming management of 19 hotels throughout Florida, Georgia and Virginia, the company has revealed. The new additions – totaling 2,280 rooms – span select-service and extended-stay properties across various Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and Hyatt Hotels Corporation brands. Since the pandemic began in 2020, the company has assumed management of 27 new properties in total. This brings the company’s current portfolio to 96 schemes, which together comprise 11,097 keys.

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Hospitality NetJan 10, 2022

McKibbon Hospitality Celebrates Considerable Growth in 2021

A mix of select-service and extended-stay properties including flagship Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt brands, McKibbon assumed management of the following 19 hotels in 2021, expanding its existing presence in key Florida, Georgia, and Virginia markets.

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Press ReleaseJan 03, 2022

McKibbon Hospitality Adds 19 Hotels to Management Portfolio

McKibbon is pleased to announce the addition of 19 new hotels and 2,280 total guest rooms to its ever-growing management portfolio in 2021. This considerable portfolio growth paired with McKibbon’s valued workforce building back to more than 2,300 associates this year, is a clear and promising indication of the company’s ongoing recovery, revitalization and overall upward trajectory following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. A mix of select-service and extended-stay properties including flagship Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt brands, McKibbon expanded its existing presence in key Florida, Georgia, and Virginia markets.

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Hospitality NetDec 11, 2021

Celebrate Groundbreaking of the Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville, Georgia

Capstone Property Group, LLC, McKibbon Places and McKibbon Hospitality recently celebrated the official groundbreaking of the Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville, Georgia on Monday, December 6. The 130-room select-service hotel is set to anchor the highly anticipated mixed-use development, The National - a revival and redevelopment of Gainesville's long-vacant First National Bank building, which also broke ground during the event. Both the hotel and The National are anticipated to open in mid-2023.

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Business ObserverNov 26, 2021

USF announces new partnership to give students access to 93 teaching hotels

Out of the ashes of a grueling pandemic, leading area hotel firm McKibbon Hospitality and the USF Muma College of Business have risen to the challenge of combating the industry's crippling workforce shortage. Through a new partnership, the pair created a program that combines classroom-style of teaching with practical on-the-job experience. The agreement, announced Nov. 10, will provide students access to 93 teaching hotels within the McKibbon portfolio.

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Tampa Bay TimesNov 24, 2021

Tampa hotel company’s USF deal aims to train hospitality’s next generation

McKibbon recently announced a partnership with the University of South Florida in which students at USF’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management will engage in hands-on training at some of its nearly 100 hotels across the country, including the Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown and the Kimpton Hotel Arras in Asheville, N.C. The partnership comes as USF aims to expand its hospitality management program from its Sarasota-Manatee campus into St. Petersburg and Tampa, opening the doors to hotel careers for entirely new swaths of students.

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Hospitality NetNov 22, 2021

James Merrihew Appointed as Asset Manager

Merrihew will be working closely with McKibbon's Vice President of Asset Management, J.B McKibbon on these efforts. The fourth-generation family member to work for the company, J.B. McKibbon oversees all aspects of existing McKibbon investments, including acquisitions and ground-up developments, guiding asset management and financial analysis for our current properties and development analysis for proposed projects.

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Sarasota Herald-TribuneNov 21, 2021

USF and hotel operator partner to help train the next generation of hospitality managers

McKibbon hopes to shape the next generation of hospitality managers by turning their hotels into learning environments. The partnership became a reality in November as USF and McKibbon Hospitality inked an agreement that will transform the school into a leader in educating the next generation of hospitality managers in the state's most important industry. That partnership will help propel the school to expand from close to 200 students – all located today on USF's Sarasota-Manatee campus – to more than 500 students spread across the Sarasota-Manatee campus, St. Pete campus and the Tampa campus in the next couple of years.

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St. Pete CatalystNov 11, 2021

With McKibbon partnership, USF’s hospitality workforce pipeline to expand

USF’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, which is one of six schools in the USF Muma College of Business, has inked a partnership agreement with McKibbon Hospitality, which operates 100 hotels with large brands such as Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt. The partnership agreement with the Tampa-based hospitality group formally creates an accredited internship program for students to gain real-world, hands-on knowledge of working in the sector.

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Press ReleaseNov 10, 2021

Partnership between USF and McKibbon Hospitality creates hospitality teaching lab with iconic hotel brands

The University of South Florida Muma College of Business and McKibbon Hospitality today announced a new partnership that will turn some premier hotel brands into intensive student training grounds. The new affiliation creates an innovative hospitality teaching lab program designed to give School of Hospitality and Tourism Management students first-hand experience in hospitality management at some of the world’s largest hotel brands, including Marriott and Hilton.

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Madison County JournalOct 13, 2021

Hotel under construction

Construction workers peer over the edge of the new AC Hotel by Marriott under construction at 221 Township Avenue in Ridgeland, which broke ground in March 2019.

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What Now AtlantaOct 08, 2021

Dual-brand Courtyard By Marriott, Element By Westin Opens In Midtown

Noble Investment Group Thursday held an official ribbon cutting and grand opening of its new LEED-certified Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Midtown and Element by Westin Atlanta Midtown — the “first-ever” combination of the Courtyard by Marriott and Element by Westin brands under one roof.

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Hospitality NetSep 30, 2021

Ursula Howard Appointed Director of Sales At Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville Ponte Vedra Sawgrass

McKibbon Hospitality, an award-winning leader in hotel management, today announced the appointment of Ursula Howard as Director of Sales for Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville Ponte Vedra Sawgrass.

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Business InsiderSep 24, 2021

Asheville boasts one of the longest foliage seasons in the US — these 10 central hotels offer striking views

The 128 rooms, suites, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom luxury condos are bright, airy, and filled with natural woods, white and neutral fabrics, textured walls, art by local Asheville artist Catherine Murphy, a desk, and floor-to-ceiling windows facing downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Hospitality NetSep 14, 2021

McKibbon Family Foundation Makes $5 Million Donation to Florida International University

The McKibbon Family Foundation, led by philanthropists John and Letitia McKibbon, today announced a $5 million contribution to Florida International University’s (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The transformational gift was presented during a recent event celebrating well-loved and influential professor emeritus, Rocco M. Angelo’s 90th birthday, and will be used to establish an alumni center, new technology-focused programming, as well as scholarships for hospitality students.

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