Douglas Hope joins Kolter Hospitality as VP of hotel ops

Westin Sarasota Hotel

Kolter Hospitality, a division of The Kolter Group, hired Douglas Hope as its VP of hotel operations and opening GM of its new full-service Westin Sarasota Hotel scheduled to open in February 2017. Hope will be responsible for the oversight and daily operation of the new build 255-room Westin located in downtown Sarasota, Fla.

Prior to joining Kolter Hospitality, Hope represented Starwood Hotels & Resorts brands for the past 15 years. He is a multiple award-winning senior hotel operations leader with over twenty-five years of experience running teams and producing results on behalf of owners, management companies and franchise operators.

“The key to our success in this new Westin, is to find a proven leader with a track record for success, Doug is certainly a great example of that.  We are thrilled to have him on board with this exciting new hotel launch,” said Scott Webb, president of Kolter Hospitality.


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The Westin Sarasota Hotel will open in early 2017 with 255 guestrooms and suites. The new hotel will also have 26,000 square feet of meetings and function space, a spa and signature restaurant and a rooftop deck with a pool and tapas bar overlooking Sarasota Bay.

“I look forward leading this new project and I am equally excited to join Kolter Hospitality in partnership with Westin, to bring Sarasota a new hotel that will energize the mind and body while creating a better experience for our travelers,” Hope said in a statement.

Kolter Hospitality specializes in hotel management, development and acquisitions in the hospitality sector.

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