SHATNER VISITS ISRAEL
Actor William Shatner and his wife, Elizabeth, were welcomed to
Jerusalem’s King David Hotel by Israel’s Tourism Minister Isaac
Herzog. Shatner is in the country to promote the Jewish National
Fund’s Therapeutic Riding Consortium Endowment. He believes that
his project, for which he plans to raise $10 million to benefit the
therapeutic riding centers in the country, will also contribute to
the peace effort in the Middle East. Shatner, who played Capt.
James T. Kirk on the TV series “Star Trek,” currently stars in the
popular series “Boston Legal.”
TSOI APPOINTED MANAGER
St. Regis Hotel, Shanghai has announced the appointment of Chris
Tsoi as the hotel manager. Tsoi has about 20 years of hotel
experience focusing on sales and marketing management. He will
oversee all aspects of the hotel’s day-to-day operations.
INDUSTRY VETERAN TO HELM US GRANT
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced the
appointment of hospitality industry veteran Victor Barothy-Langer
to the position of general manager of the US Grant, a luxury
collection hotel in San Diego, Calif. The property, built in 1910,
will reopen after renovations on Nov. 1. Barothy-Langer brings more
than 25 years of experience to the hotel. For the last four years,
he has served as hotel manager at the Westin St. Francis and has
also served as hotel manager for San Diego County’s famed La Costa
Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.
“Victor represents the ideal vision of leadership to best reflect
the hotel’s prestigious past and exciting future in a dynamic
downtown San Diego,” said Joe Terzi, vice president of operations
for Starwood Hotels Southern California Region.
BOTTEN RETIRES, ROBINSON APPOINTED
Terry Botten, a 27-year veteran of the hotel industry, has
announced his retirement as general manager of the Sheraton Seattle
Hotel. Botten will be succeeded by Keri Robinson, former general
manager of the Westin Pasadena. “I’m leaving knowing that the
Sheraton Seattle and the Emerald City are poised for great things
resulting from the expansion of the hotel. Overall, it’s been a
fabulous adventure,” said Botten.
Prior to the Sheraton Seattle, Botten worked for Four Seasons
Hotels and Canada Pacific Hotels (now Fairmont).
Robinson has previously led major renovations at The Westin
Pasadena and the Sheraton Cerritos. She was also the director of
franchise and operations in the western region for Starwood’s
franchise division. Robinson graduated from Cornell University,
with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Administration, and hails
from Portland, Ore.
NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN
Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass announced that Steve Feld has been named
general manager at the famed Arizona attraction. Feld has more than
20 years of operations experience, 10 in the entertainment industry
and has most recently been serving as the director of operations at
Rawhide. He received his Bachelors degree in Economics at Colorado
State University and his Masters of Business Administration from
the University of Phoenix.
KRIGE PROMOTED AT ROSEWOOD
Rosewood Hotels and Resorts announced the promotion of Shane Krige
to managing director of The Mansion on Turtle Creek, the only
five-star, Five-Diamond property in Texas.
“With his vast knowledge of hotel operations and his tremendous
passion for exceptional service, we are excited to promote Shane
Krige to managing director,” said Robert Boulogne, COO for Rosewood
Hotels & Resorts.
Krige joined The Mansion team in 2004 as general manager. He
previously served as hotel manager at Grosvenor House Hotel and
Residence in London and has held senior management positions with
the Ritz-Carlton and Hyatt Hotels.
SHILO’S NEW CEO
Shilo Inn, the Portland-based hotel chain, has announced that
Phillip S. Harris has been promoted to general counsel and CEO.
According to Mark Hemstreet, owner of Shilo Inns: “Phillip provides
a strong guiding force for the Shilo executive team that will
assure our continued dedication to providing Shilo’s high standard
of ‘Affordable Excellence’ to all our guests.”
Harris comes to Shilo with over 20 years experience in the
hospitality industry and the legal profession. He graduated with
honors from Cornell’s Hotel School and received his law degree cum
laude from Lewis & Clark School of Law.