Commonwealth Hotels Appoints Alicia Barefield as General Manager of The Hampton Inn Panama City Beach

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM EST|Updated: 8 hours ago

COVINGTON, Ky., Jan. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Commonwealth Hotels announced that Alicia Barefield has been appointed the general manager of the Hampton Inn Panama City Beach. Ms. Barefield brings over 20 years of hospitality experience to her new role as general manager having previously served as the general manager at the Hampton Inn Fort Morgan, Colorado.

Newly Appointed General Manager in Panama City Beach
Newly Appointed General Manager in Panama City Beach

“We are delighted that Alicia has joined our team.”, said Jennifer Porter, chief operations officer of Commonwealth Hotels. “It is

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Naples Beach Hotel owners let City of Naples Fire-Rescue crews train in the closed hotel


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“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a building of this nature,” said Steven Kofsky, battalion chief for training.

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The renovated restaurant at Hotel Laguna overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Photo courtesy of Laguna Beach Co.

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In the wake of public scrutiny of a June 29 closed session meeting about the historic hotel, the City Council voted 3-2 (Councilmembers Toni Iseman and George Weiss opposed) to concur with city staffers’ approvals to reopen the hotel lobby and restaurant.

“We’re looking forward to finally welcoming the community back to Hotel Laguna,” Laguna Beach Co.

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After a spring break framed by chaotic crowds, emergency crackdowns and accusations of racism through aggressive policing, Memorial Day offers Miami Beach its first look at a big weekend in an increasingly post-COVID tourism landscape. While Miami stood out in March as a vacation destination largely open for dining and drinking, the holiday weekend arrives as much of the United States moves

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