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October 9, 2017
09Oct

Mike Hines speaks on Tax Reform and now it will affect hotel owners and management companies.

Donald Trump's administration has proposed a plan to fix the countries tax code. Hotel News Now reached out to owners and management companies to get their impression of the proposed change. "The most interesting part to me is the elimination of the tax brackets," says Mike Hines.
October 6, 2017
06Oct

Mike Hines, Chairman of HP Hotels, weighed in on the topic of "Should I break up with my property?" during the Hotel Business Executive Roundtable meeting in Salt Lake City.

The Hotel Business Executive Roundtable discussion was focused on how owners decide when to walk away from a property that is not performing or a Brand that is not delivering. Mike Hines spoke to how the priorities of the owners are ever changing.
October 4, 2017
04Oct

Kerry Ranson, HP's Chief Development Officer, speaks on how technology

The advantages afforded by technology can give smaller hotels the same operational advantages and efficiencies typically seen in large, full-service properties.Spending less and maximizing staff resources, while achieving greater powers (efficiency, accuracy, new functions) seems like a great formula for success and profitability.
September 21, 2017
21Sept

The Campbell House - Curio by Hilton undergoes a multi-million dollar renovation

The hotel, now part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, is being positioned as a one-of-a-kind property with a local feel. The next renovation phase, scheduled to begin in spring 2018, will include a new restaurant with regionally inspired cuisine and a new 5,000-square-foot ballroom. The hotel's entryway will be expanded into a large open lobby, with a bar and lounge space that will prominently feature Kentucky-made bourbon and craft cocktails.
September 21, 2017
21Sept

HP announces Mark Alvarez as Regional Director of Operations

Mark Alvarez was promoted from General Manager, to Regional Director of Operations for HP Hotels. Mark joins the HP team with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry overseeing various boutique and four-diamond hotels in roles as General Manager and Regional Director of Operations.
September 14, 2017
14Sept

Mike Hines, Chairman of HP Hotels, joins a panel of executives to discuss "what lies ahead for the hotel industry."

Mike Hines' message to hotel operators and suppliers was to understand their clientele as well as their markets. As events take place, be ready to think about the business potential that can arise from the change in the market.
September 13, 2017
13Sept

HP Hotels now manages Florida's Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place.

The Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place has joined the HP portfolio, making this the second full-service Hilton to join HP Hotels in the last year.
September 12, 2017
12Sept

Richie Mata, Regional Director of Operations with HP Hotels, weighed in on the topic of how complimentary breakfast is evolving

Richie comments that a new trend has emerged around "clean food" labeling. Hotels have started to label foods that are mostly natural ingredients, no chemical additives, and minimal to no processing to support the customer's desire for healthy options.
28 August 2017
28Aug

Charles Oswald, president and CEO, speaks on OTA business compared to direct bookings

Having a higher mix of OTA business is sometimes the result of not having a good long-term plan, Oswald said. Most of the OTA business comes from shorter booking windows which might indicate its necessary to change plans to reduce the reliance on OTAs to fill these reservations.
30 May 2017
30May

Wall Street Journal highlighted Kerry Ranson, CDO HP Hotels, on his opinion of the major Brands trying to convert the OTA customers.

Kerry Ranson, CDO of HP Hotels, speaks on the Brands trying to convert OTA customers with special discounts when they sign up to become a loyalty member. "The biggest unknown is whether new loyalty members will actually return or if they are one and done just to get the cheap rate."
8 August 2017
08Aug

HP's CEO speaks with The Wall Street Journal on hacking

Charles Oswald, president and CEO of HP Hotels, comments on how hotel guests are more susceptible to hacking
8 August 2017
08Aug

HP Hotels is taking a proactive approach toward Wi-Fi upgrades

Jason LaBarge, AVP of Operations, speaks on how HP Hotels is moving toward Hotspot 2.0 by upgrading the current WI-FI capabilities in their hotels. HP is taking a proactive approach toward meeting the expectations of tomorrow's guests.
27 July 2017
27July

Industry vet joins the HP Team

Industry veteran Chris Gennardo joins HP Hotels as Area VP of Sales and Marketing. Chris brings over 25 years of Full Service and Select Service Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management experience to the HP team.
16 May 2017
16May

HP Hotels takes over management of the Sheraton Metairie

HP Hotels Management Inc. has been awarded the management contract for the 181-room full-service Sheraton Metairie New Orleans Hotel in Metairie, LA. Recently purchased by HC Metairie 1 LLC, an affiliate of Hotel Capital, the hotel will undergo an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation.
01 May 2017
01May

HP's Hilton Garden Inn Rock Hill receives an award from Hilton

The Hilton Garden Inn Rock Hill, SC earns its 5th consecutive Outstanding quality inspection from Hilton and received an award commemorating the occasion.
26 April 2017
26Apr

Stephanie Atkisson was featured on Crain's Charlotte

Stephanie Atkisson, AVP of Sales and Marketing for HP Hotels, was featured in Crain's "If I knew then" article in Charlotte, NC.
07 April 2017
07Apr

HP Hotels is becoming a Nationally Recognized Management Company.

Charles Oswald, new CEO of HP Hotels, has his eye on the long-term future of HP, with a goal of growing to become a national operator of premium select service and full service brands.
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14 March 2017
14Mar

Charles Oswald named CEO of HP Hotels

HP Hotels announced today that Charles Oswald has assumed the role of President and CEO. He was formally President and COO.
01 March 2017
01Mar

HP Hotels ranked in the Top 50 Management companies for 2017

Hotel Management magazine released the hotel management survey results of the Top Third Party Management Companies. HP Hotels moved up the list for 2017 ranking 33 out of 147. "We strive to be successful not only in delivering results to the owners for whom we manage, but also as an entire organization.  We are so pleased that HP Hotels has been recognized by the Hotel Management publication for achieving such outstanding growth in 2016."
20 December 2016
20Dec

HP was awarded the management contract for the new Home 2 Conway, AR to open in early 2017

We are pleased to be taking on our first Home2 Suites in a state and a city where we already have a presence," said Charles Oswald, HP's president and COO.
27 October 2016
27Oct

HP returns to roots to feed full-service plans

HP Hotels expands the management team to grow the company's full-service hotel portfolio.
06 October 2016
06Oct

HP announces the promotion of Chase Rollins to Regional Director of Operations

Lodging Magazine published the notable hospitality professionals "On the Move" for October. Chase Rollins was recognized for his recent promotion to a Regional Director of Operations with HP Hotels. Chase was previously the General Manager of the Aloft Oklahoma City/Bricktown.
07 September 2016
07Sep

HP Hotels to Manage, Convert Nashville Airport Hotel

HP Hotels has been awarded the management contract for the 383-key Nashville Airport Holiday Inn, now Nashville Airport Hotel, which will be renovated and converted to a full-service Hilton.
06 September 2016
06Sep

HP's "Best in Class" Winners for 2016

HP Hotel's 2016 "Best in Class" winners were announced on Thursday, August 25th at the Annual Leadership Conference held in Alexandria, VA.
22 August 2016
22Aug

HP Hotels portfolio expands with the DoubleTree Columbia, SC

HP Hotels portfolio expands with the DoubleTree Columbia, SC. The 237 room DoubleTree hotel sits adjacent to interstate I-20 and close to the State Capitol and the University of South Carolina campus.
10 August 2016
10Aug

HP's General Manager, Richie Mata, speaks on preventing technology failures

HP's Hotel of the Year- Hilton Garden Inn West Little Rock's General Manager, Richie Mata, speaks on how his hotel proactively works on preventing technology failures in the meeting space.
10 August 2016
10Aug

HP Hotels adds the first LaQuinta Inn and Suites to their growing portfolio.

"This hotel marks two significant milestones in the continuing growth and evolution of HP Hotels. It is both the first La Quinta Inn and Suites in our portfolio and represents our return to the northeastern United States," said Charles Oswald.
08 June 2016
08June

Charlotte Uptown Hampton Inn showcased on National Geographic

Hilton selects the Hampton Inn Charlotte Uptown, managed by HP Hotels, as a National Geographic showcase hotel for their United States National Parks series. Watch the video: National Geographic Video Charlotte
07 June 2016
07June

Hotel News Now interviews HP Hotels President Charles Oswald on whether the industry has reached the peak?

Hotel News Now interviews HP Hotels President Charles Oswald on whether the industry has reached the peak?
01 June 2016
01June

Chairman and CEO Mike Hines and CDO Kerry Ranson discuss growth opportunities for HP and the need to invest in human capital

Chairman and CEO Mike Hines and CDO Kerry Ranson discuss growth opportunities for HP and the need to invest in human capital
01 June 2016
01June

HP's Chief Development Officer, Kerry Ranson offers insights on Millennial Travelers at the Hotel Business round table

HP's Chief Development Officer, Kerry Ranson offers insights on Millennial Travelers at the Hotel Business round table
31 May 2016
31May

Cambria Hotel & Suites Madison, WI receives another prestigious award

Cambria Hotel & Suites Madison, WI receives another prestigious award
19 May 2016
19May

HP CEO, Mike Hines, Discusses Tech Strategies at BITAC 2016

HP CEO, Mike Hines, Discusses Tech Strategies at BITAC 2016
07 May 2016
07May

HP Hotel Management Kerry Ranson back at HP Hotels

Kerry Ranson back at HP Hotels to aid expansion efforts. "There's an abundant number of opportunities in the marketplace today that fit HP's profile for growth, and we wanted to reinvest back into the corporate team." Charles Oswald, President/COO
20 April 2016
20Apr

HP Hotels Adds Kansas City Hilton Garden Inn to Growing Portfolio

HP Hotels, a full-service third-party hotel management company, announced today that it has been awarded the management contract for the 147-room Hilton Garden Inn at the Jack Reardon Civic Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Charles Oswald made the announcement.
13 April 2016
13Apr

HP Hotels add to Executive Team Kerry Ranson as Chief Development Officer

HP Hotels announced today that Kerry Ranson has joined the company as Chief Development Officer.
7 April 2016
07Apr

HP Hotel's Multiple Brand Conversions and Growing Pipeline

Management Company HP Hotels had a number of brand conversions in 2015, according to President and COO Charles Oswald.
29 March 2016
29 Mar

HP Hotel's CEO Charles Oswald speaks out to Hotel News Polls

Hotel News Now asked CEOs, owners and more: What should hoteliers concentrate on this year, given where we are in the industry cycle? "From an owner's standpoint, I think you have to look at where you are in the cycle. If you're getting close to your hold period, you might want to be a net seller. From an operating standpoint, it's getting back to the fundamentals (and) making sure you're on top of the details and storing up some cash in the bank for when (the downturn) comes." Charles Oswald, President and COO, HP Hotels
14 March 2016
14Mar

HM Magazine announces the Top Management Companies for 2016. HP Hotels lands in the Top 50 again for 2016

HM Magazine announces the Top Management Companies for 2016. HP Hotels lands in the Top 50 again for 2016.
1 March 2016
01Mar

Hilton Garden Inn West Little Rock Receives Prestigious Excellence Award

Birmingham based HP Hotels "HP", is pleased to announce that Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) upscale global brand of hotels recently recognized Hilton Garden Inn West Little Rock as the winner for their outstanding achievements during the past year. The property, owned by YOGIJI INC. and managed by HP Hotels Management Inc., received this honor as a best in class performer from among the brand's 665 hotels worldwide.
1 March 2016
01Mar

Cambria Suites Madison WI Receives Prestigious Gold Award

Birmingham based HP Hotels "HP", is pleased to announce that Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies recently recognized Cambria Suites in Madison, Wisconsin as a Gold Award winner 2016 for their outstanding achievements in 2015.
27 February 2016
27Feb

Choice operators: Risk, opportunity in vacation rentals

Charles Oswald, president and COO of HP Hotels, which manages some Comfort Suites properties, said the impact Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels has on franchisees depends on Choice's marketing strategy for the platform.
3 February 2016
03Feb

Why hotels believe they will survive a downturn

Something curious is afoot. A new wrinkle, a fascination I just can't stop thinking about. And it all plays into human psychology and how we interpret the world. It's the notion of me vs. them that's seemingly programmed into our DNA from pre-historic tribal days. No, I'm not talking about the ladies from The Bachelor, but an interesting observation I saw played out repeatedly during ALIS.
15 December 2015
15 Dec

Curio - A Collection by Hilton Expands to the Heart of Horse Country with Opening of the Historic Campbell House Lexington

The Campbell House Lexington is nestled in the heart of horse country with local roots spanning more than six decades. Touting more than $10 million in guest room renovations, Rockbridge is proud to pay homage to the hotel's location deep in the heart of Kentucky. Conveniently located minutes from downtown Lexington, the hotel is just four miles from the legendary Keeneland Race Course, and moments away from University of Kentucky and numerous shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.
15 December 2015
15Dec

CURIO - A COLLECTION BY HILTON EXPANDS TO THE HEART OF HORSE COUNTRY WITH OPENING OF THE HISTORIC CAMPBELL HOUSE LEXINGTON

Curio - A Collection by Hilton and HP Hotels Management Inc. today announced the opening of The Campbell House Lexington, nestled in the heart of horse country with local roots spanning more than six decades. As Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) rapidly-expanding global collection of distinctive upscale and luxury hotels, Curio caters to passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences. The Campbell House Lexington, Curio Collection by Hilton is owned and developed by Rockbridge Capital and managed by HP Hotel Management, Inc.
17 November 2015
17Nov

The Admiral Hotel Mobile

The Admiral Hotel Mobile, a historic, boutique hotel, conveniently located in downtown Mobile, Ala., today joined Curio - A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) rapidly expanding global collection of distinctive upscale and luxury hotels catering to travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences. Originally opened in 1940, The Admiral Hotel Mobile, Curio Collection by Hilton, is located within walking distance of the famed Dauphin Street and has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation to the lobby, restaurants, public spaces and meeting space - in addition to a complete redesign of all guest rooms.
19 August 2015
19 Aug

The Admiral Hotel Mobile to Join Hilton Worldwide's Curio - A Collection by Hilton Portfolio

MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) today announced that the iconic Alabama building, The Admiral Hotel Mobile, will join Curio - A Collection by Hilton, a hand-picked global set of upscale and luxury properties embodying the distinct culture and spirit of their local communities. The hotel is scheduled to re-open this fall as The Admiral Hotel Mobile, Curio Collection by Hilton following a multimillion-dollar renovation.
12 February 2015
12Feb

DoubleTree by Hilton Debuts First Property in Oklahoma City

DoubleTree by Hilton and HP Hotels Management Inc. today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Oklahoma City Airport, the brand's first property in the capital city of Oklahoma. Formerly a Cambria Suites, the 134-room fullservice hotel has commenced dramatic property-wide renovations that include stylish design updates and furnishings throughout the lobby, guest rooms and public areas. The hotel is owned by Suenos LLC and managed by HP Hotels Management Inc. is the same team that owns and operates Hilton Garden Inn North Quail Springs in Oklahoma City.
9 February 2015
09Feb

Aloft Oklahoma City

Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown-­‐Bricktown with140 loft-­‐like rooms, offers a vibrant, social atmosphere with an ideal location at NE 2nd Avenue and Walnut. The Aloft features a 24/7 pantry, outdoor pool, indoor spa and sauna, and w xyz smbar. Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown-­‐ Bricktown by Starwood Hotels & Resort Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), is the brand's second hotel in Oklahoma, joining Aloft Tulsa.