Appointments & Promotions

Embassy Suites by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn, Boulder, Welcome New Leadership

General Manager Kathleen Bates and Director of Sales and Marketing Angela Blackstock Bring a Wealth of Experience to Boulder's Newest Hotel Properties

BOULDER, CO. March 14, 2017 – Denver-based Sage Hospitality, one of the nation’s top hotel investment and management companies, is excited to announce the addition of two new leaders to the executive team at Boulder’s Embassy Suites by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn, Kathleen Bates as General Manager and Angela Blackstock as Director of Sales and Marketing. The pair will lead the brand-new, dual-branded property currently under construction at the intersection of Canyon Blvd. and 28th St.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to work together on the opening and direction of the Hiltons on Canyon, which has been a highly anticipated project,” said Bates. “We’re excited to be part of the amazing Boulder community.”

Bates is a veteran at Sage Hospitality and comes to the Hiltons on Canyon with nearly 20 years of experience, including time as General Manager at properties like the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park, Holiday Inn Stapleton and Residence Inn by Marriott Denver City Center. Bates has been an active member of many charitable organizations including the Denver’s Road to Work, an organization of which she was a founding member. Bates has a great passion for helping those with barriers to employment and has been a key player in the organization’s success since 2008.

Blackstock comes from the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel and brings with her more than 25 years’ experience in all facets of hospitality at properties in Boulder and throughout metro Denver. Blackstock has a proven track record of hotel sales and strong team management skills and was Director of Sales & Marketing of the year at White Lodging in 2015. Blackstock has been a member of the Boulder County community for many years and volunteers her time at a food bank in Longmont, where she is one of the organization’s longest-tenured volunteers.

The Embassy Suites and Hilton Garden Inn in Boulder, Colo., a dual-branded property, brings two of the most recognizable brand names to one of the most desirable locations in Colorado. Opening in Q3 2017, the complex will be comprised of two five-story towers and will offer a combined 375 guest rooms, 8,435 square feet of meeting and event space, state-of-the-art fitness centers, a shared courtyard and pool and two unique restaurants. Each hotel is designed to celebrate the unique culture and vibrancy of Boulder while maintaining the brand hallmarks that define both the Embassy Suites and Hilton Garden Inn, creating the perfect location from which guests can enjoy everything that makes Boulder one of the most desirable travel destinations in the US.

About Sage Hospitality

Denver-based Sage Hospitality was founded in 1984 and since continues to lead the hospitality industry in hotel and restaurant management as well as real estate investment. Sage is known for outstanding relationships with hotel brands and creating places that people want to go to, not through, including 10 unique restaurant concepts by Sage Restaurant Group and independent luxury properties by Sage Hotels. To learn more about Sage, visit www.sagehospitality.com.

CONTACT:
Kelly Paton
Manager of PR and Social Media
Sage Hospitality
Kelly.Paton@sagehospitality.com
P: 720-482-3086 M: 970-776-6866

Coming Up In The September Online Hotel Business Review




{300x250.media}
Feature Focus
Hotel Group Meetings: Blue Skies Ahead
After a decade of sacrifice and struggle, it seems that hotels and meeting planners have every reason to be optimistic about the group meeting business going forward. By every industry benchmark and measure, 2017 is shaping up to be a record year, which means more meetings in more locations for more attendees. And though no one in the industry is complaining about this rosy outlook, the strong demand is increasing competition among meeting planners across the board – for the most desirable locations, for the best hotels, for the most creative experiences, for the most talented chefs, and for the best technology available. Because of this robust demand, hotels are in the driver’s seat and they are flexing their collective muscles. Even though over 100,000 new rooms were added last year, hotel rates are expected to rise by a minimum of 4.0%, and they are also charging fees on amenities that were often gratis in the past. In addition, hotels are offering shorter lead times on booking commitments, forcing planners to sign contracts earlier than in past years. Planners are having to work more quickly and to commit farther in advance to secure key properties. Planners are also having to meet increased attendee expectations. They no longer are content with a trade show and a few dinners; they want an experience. Planners need to find ways to create a meaningful experience to ensure that attendees walk away with an impactful memory. This kind of experiential learning can generate a deeper emotional connection, which can ultimately result in increased brand recognition, client retention, and incremental sales. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group business and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.