News for the week of July 24, 2017
San Francisco-based interior design firm BAMO has promoted Anne Wilkinson and Billy Quimby to principals. Their latest projects include the Four Seasons Sao Paulo, which is slated to be completed in 2019, and The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, whose unveiling is scheduled for next month. Wilkinson was BAMO’s first employee and is a design & environmental analysis graduate of Cornell University. Quimby—a Boutique 18 honoree in 2013— joined BAMO in 2000 and has a bachelor of architecture degree from Cornell. His work on Four Seasons Resort Dubai helped earned the firm a 2015 Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design.
Anne Wilkinson and Billy Quimby. Photo: Courtesy of BAMO
Hospitality design studio IIG (Interior Image Group) has hired Betsy Kersting as vice president of design + business development. Kersting joins the firm from Dallas-based Fourth Dimension Designs, where she served as director of design. IIG has offices in Dyer, Indiana, and Weston, Florida.
Betsy Kersting. Photo: Courtesy of IIG (Interior Image Group)
Choice Hotels International Inc. has appointed Maria Uy as vice president, treasurer. Uy most recently served as senior director, global treasury for Under Armour Inc. Her career also includes stints with Marriott Intl., W.R. Grace & Co. and Arthur Andersen LLP.
Stephanie Poliakoff, who recently joined flooring companies Signature Carpets and Signature Accord as a sales representative for Montana, Idaho and Alaska, is now also responsible for Oregon and Washington. Poliakoff has 15 years of experience in sales/account management for luxury brands and represents clients through her own company, Stephanie P LLC.
Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites has taken the wraps off a transformation of its 226 guest suites and fitness center. The hotel’s Vancouver suites feature new throw pillows and area carpets, clean-lined furnishings and smoky, dark blue tones that evoke its surroundings. The property’s new Urban Kitchen deluxe suite has a condo-inspired layout with separate areas for sleeping, living, working and dining.
A renovated suite at Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites. Photo: Courtesy of Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites
The Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel recently debuted Eero, a new restaurant that celebrates famed early 20th century Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, who designed the city’s Gateway Arch. Housed within a space that was formerly home to Norah’s Crafted Food & Spirits, the dining concept incorporates nods to the city’s culture, including blues music, regional breweries and the aerospace industry.
Eero. Photo: Courtesy of Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel
Hoteles City Express has debuted City Express Plus Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. The 127-key property is 100 percent company owned and targets the city’s commercial and tourist markets, project backers say. The hotelier, which operates 128 hotels in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Chile, also announced the openings of two other properties in Mexico last week: City Express Junior Puebla Angelopólis and City Express Altamira.
Condor Hospitality Trust Inc. has agreed to purchase a portfolio of three Marriott-branded hotels in Texas for $59.6 million. The seller was not disclosed. The hotels include the Fairfield Inn & Suites El Paso Airport, the TownePlace Suites Austin North Tech Ridge and the Residence Inn Austin Airport. The hotels will continue to be managed by Aimbridge Hospitality.
Hospitality Lodging Systems (HLS) has inked a new master license agreement with Ascent Hotels Group to open at least 10 properties under its Haven Hotel brand over the next 10 years, primarily within the Houston metro area, according to Buyer Interactive. The Atlanta-based company, which operates a 48 hotels under its Haven, Budgetel and AmeriVu brands, opened two new-build Haven Hotels in Houston earlier this year.
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