Industry Update
Appointment 3 February 2021

Paul Stracey

Named Director of Operations
At Charlestowne Hotels in Charleston - SC, USA

Paul Stracey

Leading hospitality management company Charlestowne Hotels proudly welcomes Paul Stracey to the corporate team as director of operations. In his role, Stracey will oversee key properties within Charlestowne's growing portfolio of more than 50 hotels.

A well-respected leader in Charleston and the hospitality industry at large, Stracey brings more than35 years of luxury hospitality experience to his new role. Due to the growth of the company's current portfolio and new business pipeline, Charlestowne Hotels recruited Stracey to support the existing operations team, where he will work directly with hotel owners, general managers, and on-site teams to enhance and customize strategic operations.

In his previous position as managing director at Belmond Charleston Place - a role which he served in for 25 years - Stracey was responsible for the strategy and operations of the highest revenue-producing property in the Belmond portfolio, while managing over 500 employees. As a new-concept visionary, he also oversaw four unique restaurant spaces, an award-winning spa, 40,000 square feet of event venues, and 30 leased retail stores. Career highlights include the coordination of two soft renovations and a $35 million complete hotel renovation.

During his tenure at Charleston Place, Paul was appointed North American managing director for Orient-Express (now Belmond). For five years, Paul oversaw operations and strategy for six additional properties in Belmond's luxury portfolio, while maintaining a hands-on leadership role at Charleston Place.

Stracey will work with some of the most highly regarded hotels in Charlestowne's portfolio. Through his signature, hands-on leadership approach, he will help further enhance each hotel's operational strategy in addition to optimizing revenue and developing new programming concepts. Stracey's food and beverage expertise, including his background as a trained chef, is a unique advantage, as he'll continue to advance the company's range of innovative hotel dining venues and offerings. He will also play a pivotal role in identifying and elevating leading talent within the company.

Charlestowne Hotels

Charlestowne Hotels is a leading full-service hospitality management company known for a dynamic management style that is client-focused rather than process driven. With 40 years of independent hotel management experience, the growing company develops and leads award winning properties across the country.
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