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NEWS | Lori Huffstutler has been appointed Director of Sales

Ms. Huffstutler brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industries. She most recently served as senior catering manager at the Westin Memphis Beale Street. Prior to that, Ms. Huffstutler held regional management positions in catering and tour and travel sales at Caesar's Entertainment. Her career also includes management positions in sales, catering, public relations and marketing with multiple major hotels in Memphis. Ms. Huffstutler is a Certified Professional in Catering and Events and a member of the National Association of Catering & Events, where she has served on its board of directors since 2003. She is also an active member of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. Source

NEWS | Stefano Ruzza has been appointed General Manager at Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand

Ruzza joins Conrad Koh Samui from Hilton Namhae Golf & Spa Resort in South Korea where he held the position of general manager and was responsible for leading the team in improving overall service standards as well as introducing new food and beverage concepts to enhance guest experiences. Prior to that, he was the director of operations at Hilton Colombo in Sri Lanka where he looked after operations and general management, as well as the business development team between 2008 and 2010.

NEWS | Mary Pat has been appointed Regional Director of Operations

Previously, Hartmann was the general manager of Springhill Suites and Fairfield Inn and Suites in Louisville, Ky., where she was responsible for a combination of 333 guestrooms. In her time with White Lodging, Hartman has held multiple management positions on properties such as the Residence Inn Louisville Downtown in Kentucky and Residence Inn by Marriott in Connecticut and North Carolina. The properties Hartmann will oversee include the Courtyard Louisville Northeast, Fairfield Inn & Suites in Louisville, Residence Inn Louisville Downtown, Residence Inn Louisville Northeast, SpringHill Suites Louisville, SpringHill Suites Louisville/Hurstbourne and Homewood Suites Cincinnati/Milford in Milford, Ohio.

NEWS | Starwood Hotels & Resorts Debuts Four Points by Sheraton Brand in Lima

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announces the debut of the Four Points by Sheraton brand in Peru with the new Four Points by Sheraton Miraflores owned by Top Rank Group LLC and managed by Interamerican Promo Hotels. The 134-room hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, the upscale business district known for its gardens, parks and fountains, high-end shops, upscale restaurants and entertainment.

NEWS | DoubleTree by Hilton Campbell - Pruneyard Plaza opens in California

DoubleTree by Hilton and Hitlon Worldwide earlier this week opened the 171-room DoubleTree by Hilton Campbell - Pruneyard Plaza, following comprehensive hotel upgrades. Formerly an independent boutique hotel, the property located at 1995 S. Bascom Avenue in Campbell, Calif., becomes the newest addition to the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio, which boasts more than 340 hotels worldwide. Following the opening, the hotel will continue its dramatic property-wide renovation with upgrades to the lobby, an updated fitness center and a revamp of the hotel's food and beverage offerings.

NEWS | Country Inn & Suites by Carlson opens in Pinellas Park, Florida

The new 70-room Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Pinellas Park has opened its doors for business at 8050 US highway, 19 North in Pinellas Park, Florida. The owner of the hotel is Shyam Associates Inc, who also owns a Holiday Inn Express in St Petersburg. The hotel is within five miles of St. Petersburg Clearwater Airport and 12 miles from Tampa International Airport. Country Inns & Suites offer many amenities such as complimentary hot breakfast, in-room coffee maker, in-room iron and ironing board, and weekday morning newspaper.

NEWS | Wyndham Istanbul Petek, Turkey to open in six months

Wyndham Hotel Group, part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation will open the 307-room Wyndham Istanbul Petek, its the second upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property in Turkey in just six months. It includes 241 guest rooms and 27 suites, as well as 39 apartments designed for extended stays. Rui Barros, Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group, said, “We are thrilled to welcome yet another stunning Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property in Turkey, a country that is integral to our growth strategy in the region.