Two sister properties show different sides of the island.
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Rik Blyth was recently hired as general manager at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as general manager?
The Puccini Group, an internationally recognized hospitality firm, has completed its $10 million renovation of the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center. The transformation includes all 405 guest rooms, the lobby, outdoor pool, and entryway of the property. The hotel, while still remaining true to the original Sheraton atmosphere and style many guests know and love, now features a modern tropical-resort-like feel.
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya has named Lin Schatz as the general manage; she will oversee the opening of the property in December 2016 and manage the pre-opening stages and all property operations. Schatz, a hospitality and Hyatt veteran, started his career at Hyatt Hotels Corporation and has been there for more than 25 years. He previously served as the general manager for Andaz West Hollywood in Los Angeles and other locations including Hyatt Key West.
The latest entertainment venue to hit Tropicana in Atlantic City, N.J., 10 North Lounge, is now offering live music every Thursday. Pianist and vocalist Darin MacDonald will be performing every Thursday from 6–10 p.m.
MacDonald has performed all over the world including in hotels in Singapore and Osaka, Japan. He’s also performed on Carnival Cruise Lines throughout the Caribbean. His style is versatile, ranging from acoustic pop to rock-n-roll. The New Zealand native loves to keep the crowd entertained.