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LODGING NEWS - Summer 2017: Ribbon Cuttings, Ground-Breakings & Management Changes

Published: Jun 21, 2017

Courtyard by Marriott opens on Chocolate Avenue in Hershey & new hotel coming to Harrisburg Airport in 2018.

New Courtyard by Marriott opens on Chocolate Avenue

A new 120-room Courtyard by Marriott opened on Chocolate Avenue in Hershey in June 2017. The four-story hotel, owned by Bears Creek Hershey Hotel LLC, will employ 26 full-time staff. According to local newspaper Pennlive.com, this property was a joint development between Shaner Hotels and Chafia Capital Partners, a real estate investment and private equity firm. The property will be managed by Shaner Hotel Holdings LP, and was financed by CNB Bank.

Courtyard Hershey Chocolate Avenue has a guest laundry, fitness room, indoor pool and a business center. The hotel also features the Courtyard Refreshing Business lobby which includes a bar. The lobby has flexible seating options ranging from a communal table to private booths with high-definition televisions. Guest rooms offer free Wi-Fi.

Shaner Hotels owns and manages 50 hotels across the United States, Italy and the Bahamas. Shaner, located in the State College area, operates Courtyard Harrisburg West/Mechanicsburg in Lower Allen Township and Courtyard Shippensburg in Southampton Township.

New Hotels Coming to Harrisburg International Airport in 2018

July 19, 2017 - The Central Penn Business Journal reported that Restin Hospitality LLC, based in the Hershey area, kicked off construction of a Comfort Inn & Suites Harrisburg Airport hotel that is slated to open in spring 2018 near the Harrisburg International Airport. The four-story, 47,000-square-foot hotel will have 87 rooms, employ 30 people and be managed by Prestige Hospitality Group of Albany, NY. Choice Hotels International owns the Comfort Inn & Suites brand.

Reporter Jason Scott said it's the latest hotel project to emerge near the airport — developments that could entice more commercial growth in the Middletown area — and one of several active hospitality sites across Central Pennsylvania as the lodging industry nationwide bounces back from the last economic downturn. See more on his story about the new property and hotel growth.

June 20, 2017 - Pennlive.com reported Shaner Hotels recently broke ground on a new Fairfield Inn & Suites Harrisburg hotel in the Middletown area of the Hershey Harrisburg Region, marking the first hotel that will be located at the Harrisburg International Airport. Prior to this property, the nearest hotel to the airport is approximately 7-miles away, according to the article by Daniel Urie. The 4-story hotel is slated to open in mid-to-late summer 2018 and will include a sky bridge connecting the 120-room property to the airport. The project was financed by Kish Bank and will be managed by Shaner Hotels. See more of this article.

Other Lodging News from HH Region

The Hotel Hershey named new general manager in February 2017.

Bill Hendrix was promoted to the position of general manager of The Hotel Hershey on May 1, 2017. Hendrix has been in leadership roles at the property for more than a decade, which includes his most recent position as the hotel’s assistant general manager. The Hotel's past general manager, Brian O’Day announced his retirement that would begin in April 30, after 14 years of service as general manager at The Hotel Hershey. In his new position, Hendrix will oversee the entire operation of The Hotel Hershey. He will also oversee the operation of Hershey Laundry & Dry Cleaning. Hendrix has more than 23 years of rooms, housekeeping and front of house experience in the hotel and resort industries throughout the United States. Prior to joining Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, Hendrix spent five years at various Ritz-Carlton properties. He also has seven years of experience with Four Seasons at properties including Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills and Four Season Resort and Club in Irving, Texas.


Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110

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