Category Archives: Hotels

Test Your Skills at the SHLA Housekeeping Olympics

The Springfield Hotel Lodging Association will have its first SHLA Housekeeping Olympics at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at Lamplighter Inn & Suites, 2820 N. Glenstone Ave. Contestants will participate in a bed making contest, upright vacuum relay, mop race, buffer pad toss, executive challenge and cheerleading. Hotel staff are encouraged to compete and allied and […]
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Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center Named Property of the Year for Ramada Worldwide

The Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center was recently recognized as the Property of the Year for Ramada Worldwide North America. The award was presented to General Manager Missy Handyside during the Wyndham Worldwide Global Conference in Las Vegas in March. Handyside stated that being selected as the #1 property out of over 500 […]
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Two Local Hotels Rebranding

The former Comfort Inn, 3370 E. Battlefield Road, transferred to Clarion Inn & Suites March 1 with the Baymont Inn & Suites, 3776 S. Glenstone Ave.,  slated for a band update on June 1. Both hotels also are undergoing renovations with completion expected in May. Gordon Elliott, owner of Elliott Lodging, purchased the Comfort Inn […]
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Inman Named DoubleTree GM of the Year

Congratulations to Brian Inman, general manager at the DoubleTree Hotel Springfield for being named DoubleTree General Manager of the Year! Out of 307 DoubleTree hotels in the Americas, Inman was chosen for the award that is presented to the GM that best represents the DoubleTree by Hilton Brand Promise in their hotel, with their management […]
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Facts & Stats About Springfield’s Hotel Industry in January 2015

Stats are in for the first month of 2015 and the city’s lodging industry is off to a good start. January, in fact, was the third best January on record for room demand. January 2007 is the record due to the ice storm that occurred that year and is likely to remain so for many […]
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A Look Ahead at Travel and Tourism in Springfield

Before taking a look at the future of Springfield’s travel industry in 2015, let’s look back for a moment at 2014. The “Great Recession” is finally in the rearview mirror of the Springfield travel industry.  Room demand (the number of rooms occupied) increased to record levels in 2014.  Increased demand, coupled with a significant improvement […]
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CVB Launches Education Program for Frontline Employees

Springfield soon will have an army of ambassadors who can politely tell visitors about what there is to see and do in the city, or at least they’ll know where to look it up. The Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching a free program designed to train frontline staff at hotels, attractions, restaurants and other […]
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First Quarter Lodging Statistics Indicate Good Year Ahead for Springfield’s Hospitality Industry

If lodging statistics gathered the past few months are an indicator, 2014 is going to be a good year for Springfield’s hospitality industry. (See charts below.) The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today that hotels reported a 4.2 percent increase in room demand over 2013 in January, February and March. With 113,933 hotel rooms […]
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Carousel Park Invites Hotel Staff to Event

Carousel Park is inviting Springfield hoteliers and employees to a day of fun April 11-12. Hotel employees receive a free mini golf and ride bracelet and up to two guests will be admitted at half price. Carousel Park, 2834 W. 7th St. in Joplin, has go-karts, mini golf, batting cages, bumper boats, a jumping pillow […]
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Walker Hospitality Participating in April Food Day

Three Springfield hotels are participating in April Food Day, an event to promote awareness of food pantries. Walker Hospitality Group is organizing the event and three of the company’s Springfield hotels are collecting nonperishable food, hygiene supplies and paper products. (No glass, please.) Monetary donations also will be accepted. Every dollar donated provides four meals […]
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