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Think BIG

MMI Hotel Group, a Mississippi-based hotel management company who manages Hilton and IHG branded hotels for the Chawla family, is pleased to share that entrepreneurialism is alive and relationships still matter.   Yesterday, Chawla Hotels announced Scion at West End will be the first location of the American Idea Hotel’s newest brand by Trump Hotels.  The new hotel will be located in Cleveland, MS – one of several communities in the Mississippi Delta where the Chawla family owns hotels.

 

The first Scion Hotel by Trump Hotels is going to be in Mississippi?

Mississippi is actually the home to several firsts.  Every corner of the world has its own signature music, art and literature, but Mississippi has a depth of cultural richness that few regions can rival.  In addition to the artists, authors, and a long list of recipes worthy of recognition, the State of Mississippi’s significance in America’s music proved significant enough to authorize the nation’s only Grammy-sanctioned museum outside of L.A. (and we don’t mean Lower Alabama).

 

An official Grammy Museum in Mississippi?

An official Grammy Museum in Mississippi?  Yes.  Carved between miles of row crops covering the majority of the Mississippi Delta is this uniquely Southern tribute to America’s music.  For years, this unique pocket of American life has produced a culture of creativity (highlighting music and food) and a focus on the innate senses of hospitality.  Mississippi was tagged as “The Hospitality State” many moons ago for a reason…and it still rings true today.

We at MMI Hotel Group might be biased in this belief because we have roots in the Mississippi Delta and have been sharing this hospitality with hotel guests across the Southeast for over sixty years.  It is the same commitment that die-hard corporate travelers and international tourists alike have been amazed to experience in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the traditions of society, art, music, and food that might be taken for granted elsewhere.

Congratulations to Dinesh & Suresh Chawla for thinking BIG.  Their sense of hospitality obviously resonated with Donald Trump, Jr. and the Trump Hotels team.  The Delta thanks you for this recognition.

Opening a Hotel Can Be Tricky

Anything that has to be started afresh requires a “little more effort” than that is already existing and running.  It is very true in case of a hotel.  Opening of any hotel requires that “little more” as this involves the needs of operational expertise, systems expertise, back office expertise and marketing expertise before starting of operations.  Coordinated efforts of all these areas of expertise make it easier to the opening of a hotel.  Many non-hotelier owners do not understand the importance of back of the house and makes lot of compromises. This results in various problems at a later stage.  The owner only looks at the beauty of the lobby and (if applicable) restaurant, but, not kitchen or stores.  Kitchen cannot deliver to restaurant unless they are well equipped.   Back office is the backbone of the hotel without which front office cannot exist.
It is very important to understand the needs of the hotel before even the construction begins.  There are specific needs in the construction of a hotel, mainly Security and Safety needs.  Infrastructural requirement in a hotel are different from normal buildings, this includes HVAC, drainage system, garbage disposal, Fire alarm, sprinkler system etc.  Understanding of these requirements is also very important for opening of a hotel.

If you are looking to develop a hotel soon, MMI Hotel Group has the expertise to open your project’s doors to an environment that is ready and able to receive guests who will desire to return again and again.

Ownership Asks that MMI Add Hotel

downloadWhen Hari Patel approached us about managing the other hotel he owned in Jackson, we knew we could create change.  Hari knew he needed the depth and breadth of MMI Hotel Group’s Home Office team after turnover escalated, internal controls slipped, and less than great guest scores became common place in an asset that had much more potential.

MMI Hotel Group appreciates relationships and agreed to accept the challenge.  Managing a broad range of product types, room rates, and guest expectations provide MMI with a depth of experience.  Beginning this month, Baymont Inn & Suites – Jackson/Ridgeland becomes the latest hotel and, more importantly, body of team members to join the MMI family.  Our winning ways are already being received well and the response from team members and the guests they serve alike are bearing fruit.

MMI actually manages more hotels in what our industry has termed “a third-party management contract”, but we view every hotel investment as if it is our own.  We look forward to serving Mr. Patel well and are confident that he will be happy in his decision for MMI to add
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MMI & Cabot Lodge Recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs

15895995_10154905296951310_517088770299510639_oBoys & Girls Clubs of Central MS held its annual Youth of the Year competition Tuesday night at Cabot Lodge in Jackson, Mississippi.  “It is an honor for the Cabot Lodge team to host this event and see the development that Youth-of-the-Year provides for our City’s young people,” stated James McLeod, General Manager of Cabot Lodge – Milsaps College.

After crowning Iyanla Thomas as greater Jackson’s winner and representative in next month’s statewide competition, local advocates where recognized with awards.

MMI Hospitality Group was awarded as for its annual commitment to the Movement.  As the nation’s largest facility-based youth development program, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a great partner for regional company.  “Regardless of where our hotels or dining facilities may be located, our Team Members share positive stories of their association in some way with the Boys & Girls Club Movement either as an alum, parent or grandparent.  We appreciate the opportunities Boys & Girls Clubs provide to our community and, specifically, our Team Members,” stated Micajah Sturdivant, MMI Hotel Group President and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi Chairman of the Board.

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members.  Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year.  The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.