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From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • ALIS kicks off in Los Angeles
  • Caesars announces first US non-gaming hotel
  • Lobbies still the hub in 2019 design plans
  • Hilton touts growth around centennial
  • Former Two Roads investors, execs launch CoralTree

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ALIS kicks off in LA: Today marks the first full day of the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles, one of the premiere hotel industry conferences and often the tone setter for the rest of the year for hotel executives.

Speakers at the first day of the even include several of the industry’s marquis executives, Such as Hilton President and CEO Chris Nassetta, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts President and CEO Geoff Ballotti, and InterContinental Hotels Group CEO Keith Barr.

Keep an eye on HNN all week for coverage from ALIS, including live recaps of the big news each day of the event.

Caesars announces first U.S. non-gaming hotel: Caesars Entertainment Group officials said they’re poised to break ground on their first non-gaming hotel in the U.S. in the second half of 2019, according to a news release from the company. The 266-room Caesars Republic Scottsdale will be located near the Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona. There is no word yet on when the property is expected to open.

The property will be developed by HCW Development and operated by Aimbridge Hospitality, carrying the flag of the new Caesars Republic lifestyle brand.

"Caesars Republic Scottsdale represents the introduction of a new world-class brand and further progress on our strategy to expand our non-gaming business into premier destinations," Caesars Entertainment President and CEO Mark Frissora said in the release.

Lobbies still the hub in 2019 design plans: The New Year won’t mark a shift away from public spaces in hotels, hotel design experts told HNN’s Danielle Hess. In an article looking at 2019 design trends, Shift Studio Design’s Claire Richards told Hess that her company starts “with the lobby as our first place to design or upgrade.”

“First impressions are very important and the lobby can set the tone for your stay at the property,” she said. “The trend we see for the lobby is to be transformed into more of a clubhouse/living room environment with small groupings for guests to linger and be a part yet separate from others, like the Starbucks phenomenon.”

Hilton touts growth around centennial: Hilton officials believe they’re starting off their 100th year with solid momentum, capping 2018 as “a fourth consecutive year of recording breaking growth,” according to a news release. The company, which was founded by Conrad Hilton on 31 May 1919, grew the pipeline for its 15 brands to 364,000 rooms, with 184,000 currently under construction.

“During our first 100 years, we have served more than three billion guests and provided $1 trillion of economic impact through a phenomenon we call The Hilton Effect,” CFO Kevin Jacobs said in the release.

Former Two Roads investors, execs launch CoralTree: Lowe, the real estate investors behind Destination Hotels and Resorts (and its successor company Two Roads Hospitality), have announced the launch of a new hotel and resort management company, CoralTree Hospitality Group. CoralTree launches with 17 properties under management in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, according to a news release. Destination Hotels and Resorts became part of Two Roads Hospitality when the former company merged with Commune Hotels & Resorts in 2016.

Thomas Luersen is president of the new company and a “20-year veteran of Lowe, Destination Hotels and Resorts and Two Roads Hospitality.” The executive team for the company also includes former Destination/Two Roads execs in EVP Andre' Fournier and SVP Robert Mellwig.

Lowe sold its stake in Two Roads to Hyatt Hotels Corporation in November.

“The milestone sale of our prior hotel management company to Hyatt last year was the beginning of a fresh new chapter of hotel and resort management for Lowe and our CoralTree team,” Lowe Co-CEO and CoralTree Chairman Rob Lowe, Jr. said in the news release. “We have the opportunity to return to our hospitality roots with a spirit of individuality, a focus on each property’s attributes and identity, and an emphasis on personalized, exceptional service.”

Compiled by Sean McCracken.

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