McKibbon Hospitality Adds Three Hotels

TAMPA, FL—McKibbon Hospitality has added three new South Walton, FL hotels to its managementportfolio. Owned by Miramar Beach, FL-based real estate development and investment company, Howard Group, the three properties include Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard and Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard.

Previously self-managed by Howard Hospitality, the hotel management division of Howard Group, the three hotels have received numerous awards and accolades for excellence in service and guest satisfaction.

“When determining which management company to entrust with our hotels, we were extremely pleased by the parallels between McKibbon and Howard,” said Tania Koehler, VP of hotels, Howard Hospitality. “Our company values and cultures, including our commitments to giving back to our local communities, investing in our associates, ensuring innovation drives our operations—everything aligned, and we are confident that they will bring continued success to our hotels.”

The management contract for these properties not only forges a new relationship between McKibbon Hospitality and Howard Group, but it also expands McKibbon’s presence along the Emerald Coast and Northwest Florida, where the company currently manages five additional properties.

“We couldn’t be more excited to establish this new partnership with Howard Group through the management of these three premier properties and continue growing our portfolio,” said Randy Hassen, president, McKibbon Hospitality. “South Walton is such a beautiful backdrop and booming tourist destination, and we look forward to working alongside Howard Group and their hotel leadership team to continue providing the best possible guest experience.”

President/COO of Howard Group, Matt Hagen, is pleased to welcome McKibbon to its family ofmanagers. “This relationship continues to advance Howard Group’s strategic plan to align its company holdings with the nation’s top-performing leaders in each segment of our real estate portfolio.”

The three hotels add a total of 378 new rooms to McKibbon’s overall portfolio, bringing the total number of guest rooms to 9,725 across 86 hotels throughout the U.S.

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