Even though 2015 is only three months old, it has been a very busy year for Kinseth Hospitality Companies located in North Liberty, Iowa. In fact, it has been one of the busiest years ever for our company when taking stock of the number of new hotel construction projects that Kinseth has undertaken.
New hotels will open during 2015 in Bettendorf, Iowa (Hilton Garden Inn), Ankeny, Iowa (Homewood Suites), two properties in West Des Moines, Iowa (Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites), Kenosha, Wisconsin (Hampton Inn & Suites), and Minooka, Illinois (Hampton Inn & Suites).
In addition to the hotels listed above which are opening in 2015, Kinseth Hospitality also will break ground for the construction of new hotels in Mason City, Iowa (Hampton Inn & Suites), and Bellevue, Nebraska (Courtyard by Marriott and Bellevue Conference Center).
New hotel projects are also in discussion and will likely start construction during 2015 in Brookfield, Wisconsin (Home2Suites) and Hudson, Wisconsin (Hampton Inn & Suites).
The pipeline of additional hotel development projects for late 2015 and 2016 is very robust as Kinseth Hospitality looks into the near future. Initial conversations are taking place on new hotel development projects in the greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, in the state of Colorado, and also in Iowa.
Not only has the Kinseth Hospitality pipeline of new hotel projects become very robust, but in general development of new hotel projects has accelerated on a national basis. Financing of hotels for very well sponsored projects is available, and the overall ‘health’ of the lodging and hospitality industry has rebounded substantially since the United States economy exited the economic recession.
The large international hotel brands have also sensed the rebound in hotel development. Hilton and Marriott have introduced new brands that they intend to capture more millennial travelers. These brands include Moxy Hotels and AC by Marriott, as well as Hilton introducing the Canopy and Curio hotel brands. Hotel executives and guests alike are eager to experience these new ‘boutique’ or soft brands by the major hotel chains.
In addition to the new construction projects listed above, Kinseth Hospitality Companies has under taken a large number of renovation and modernization programs in our existing portfolio of hotels that include properties in Wichita, Kansas (Holiday Inn), Overland Park, Kansas (Holiday Inn), Helena, Montana (Red Lion Hotel), and Billings, Montana (Residence Inn). Our guests tell us they love the newly renovated hotels.
(For a complete list of newly renovated Kinseth hotels visit: http://www.kinseth.com/portfolio.php)
As a full service hotel management company our job doesn’t stop at building, and renovating hotels. Our motto is to promote continual execution of education and excellence after our hotels open their doors. This comes from the support of our corporate hospitality staff hired specifically to help our Kinseth property level hotel staff succeed at what they’ve been hired to do best. Deliver world class hospitality to every guest, every time.
Each February Kinseth Hospitality Companies honors its hotel’s and their staff with special recognition awards. This year’s award ceremony was hosted at our newly renovated Holiday Inn Rock Island - Quad Cities. Five outstanding Kinseth hotel managers received top awards based on their service scores, leadership, high standards of operation, and revenue during the 2014 year.
- Full Service GM of the Year: David Brown of the Holiday Inn and Suites – Overland Park, Kansas
- Select Service GM of the Year: Nick Rodolosi of the Hampton Inn and Suites – Grafton, Wisconsin
- Economy GM of the Year: Carol Makoui of the Super 8 – Burlington, Iowa
- Director of Sales of the Year: Barb Murphy of the Holiday Inn/Hampton Inn – Council Bluffs, Iowa. Barb exceeded sales goals and revenue generated for the property.
- Food & Beverage Manager of the Year: Dee McNamer, of the River City Beefstro located at the Holiday Inn – Dubuque, Iowa. Dee has not only provided exceptional financial returns in the food and beverage department for the hotel, but has also received this award for the second time in three years!
Many more Kinseth hotels were honored with awards for perseverance, creating a positive impact in the community, marketing, financial achievement, teamwork, quality excellence, and leadership. (For the full list click here.)
At Kinseth Hospitality Companies we don’t just build, develop and remodel hotels, we manage them too. As a hotel management company we keep track of everything from operations, sales, marketing, financial management, to human resources, food and beverage. Our commitment to provide continued training and support to our property level managers is what brings us together as a team. It is this that has lead to our continued success as a company during times of economic recession.