Kolter Hospitality has a new VP of 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.

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.