5 things to know: 20 March 2019
 
5 things to know: 20 March 2019
20 MARCH 2019 9:16 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Accor merges 21c assets into MGallery
  • Geshay assumes helm at Davidson Hotels
  • How Delta is defining itself as it grows
  • Aparthotel firm StayCity to open first resort asset
  • Hotelier arrested in St Patrick’s disco tragedy

Accor merges 21c assets into MGallery: French hotel firm Accor has rolled its brand 21c Museum Hotels into its existing MGallery Hotel Collection, thus giving MGallery its first foray into North America, according to a news release.

The eight 21c Museum hotels now in the new platform are in Bentonville, Arkansas; Cincinnati; Durham, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Lexington, Kentucky; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, and Oklahoma City. There are also 21C assets in development in Chicago and Des Moines, Iowa.

Accor noted the 21c properties will continue to use that branding, now collective referred to as 21c Museum Hotels – MGallery.

Geshay assumes helm at Davidson Hotels: Davidson Hotels & Resorts has announced the promotion of Thom Geshay to president from his previous role at the firm as COO, according to a news release.

Geshay, who joined Davison in 1988, takes over from John Belden, who will stay on as CEO and chairman of the firm. The company has 45 current properties and 12 in its pipeline.

How Delta is defining itself as it grows: Delta Hotels has seen significant growth since Marriott International bought it in 2015, nearly doubling its total portfolio and firmly establishing a presence in the U.S. for the first time in the brand’s 52-year history, writes HNN’s Danielle Hess.

Global brand leader Jennifer McLennan said the brand is still carving out its place in the larger hotel landscape and is seeking to define itself with the edict “simple made perfect.”

“We still have to build our awareness in the U.S. and around the globe, and it’s something that we’re focused on,” she said. “We think that if there is an opportunity to continue to create awareness, what’s that emotional hook that we can continue to drive to really get people to fall in love with Delta?”

Aparthotel firm StayCity to open first resort asset: Irish aparthotels firm StayCity is branching out into resorts, with the 306-key Staycity Aparthotels Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, close to Disneyland Paris, as its first resort, according to a company announcement.

The property, due to open in August, will include 284 studio and one-bedroom units and 22 villas. StayCity co-founder and CEO Tom Walsh said in the announcement that “our guest profile is still expected to be around 20% to 30% corporate business.”

Hotelier arrested in St. Patrick’s disco tragedy: A hoteliers has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the deaths of three teenagers attending a disco at the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown, Northern Ireland, on Sunday.

According to the BBC, owner Michael McElhatton was taken into police custody as authorities investigate the circumstances around the deaths, which occurred when 400 people tried to get into a disco celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Several other attendees were injured during the crush to gain entrance. A second man also is being questioned.

Compiled by Terence Baker

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