Local Company Ranked #88 of 100 Top Hotel Owners in the United States.
Innisfree Hotels, was listed this week by Hotel Business Magazine as number 88 of 100 top hotel owners and developers in the country, moving up one position from 2009. The list ranks hotel owners country wide by the number of rooms in their inventory.
Innisfree expects their ranking to continue to climb. Since the data was compiled the company has built and opened two new hotels – the Holiday Inn Resort in Pensacola Beach and the Hampton Inn & Suites in Orange Beach. In doing so they’ve added 366 more rooms and almost 14,000 square feet of meeting space to their inventory. Rich Chism, Innisfree’s Director of Development says, “The future looks bright for us. I think we’ll be ranked number 80 in the nation next year.”
The Hampton Inn & Suites is situated on 2.61 acres of Gulf Front property and was a 31 million dollar project. According to General Manager Gabe DiCianni, the hotel is booking conventions as far out as 2014. He says, “Our sales team is very active in the local market. The colorful nine story, 160-room hotel employs seventy-five people nd features nearly 4000 square feet of Gulf front meeting space. Mr. DiCianni says, “Innisfree and our contractor Robins & Morton built a beautiful hotel infused with local character, art and photography that highlights our connection to the Gulf Coast culture and community. It exceeded everyone expectations.”
The Holiday Inn Resort, on Pensacola Beach, was a sixty million dollars project and is the first purpose built Holiday Inn Resort property (a new brand being developed by Intercontinental Hotels Group) in the United States. The resort added 200 jobs to the local economy while it was being built and employs 120 people in the operation. The Holiday Inn Resort is quickly gaining a reputation for the best family oriented hotel on Pensacola Beach because of unique amenities like a 250 foot lazy river, cascading waterfall and varied family activities.
Developing these two new properties is a remarkable accomplishment given the economic climate since 2009 – especially considering Innisfree’s regional focus. Economic times are are tough everywhere in America but here on the Gulf Coast hurricane Ivan and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have added further insult to an already injured economy. Many local businesses, especially development companies, have locked their doors and handed the keys to the bank.
Innisfree on the other hand is about to start yet another local development project and are poised to break ground on a 127 room Hyatt Place Hotel connected to the Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport. The new hotel is scheduled to open in the spring of 2013 and is likely to be first generation prototype for a new style of hotel the Hyatt Corporation is launching. It will feature new lobby and guest room features as well as a sleek exterior style.
Innisfree Hotels founder Julian MacQueen attributes this continued success to his professional development team and entrepreneurial management tactics. He says, “Our aggressive revenue management, paired with our emphasis on efficiency, productivity and excellence in service, has allowed us to continue our pattern of growth during a time when much of our competition is unable to do so.” This is good news for the Gulf Coast region which is benefiting greatly from the job creation spurred by Innisfree developments.