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Tavistock introduces Hotel Collection division, new hospitality VP

Rendering of the Tavistock Lake Nona Resort and Crystal Lagoon.
Rendering of the Tavistock Lake Nona Resort and Crystal Lagoon. (Arquitectonica)

Tavistock Development Company has hired a hotel industry veteran to oversee its newly launched Tavistock Hotel Collection, the company announced on Tuesday.

Kit Pappas will be the new vice president of hotel management for Tavistock's new business unit. He was previously chief operating officer for Capella Hotel Group, a luxury development and management company with properties worldwide, and has worked with hotel companies that include Tishman, Hard Rock Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton in marketing and operational leadership roles.

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Kit Pappas
Kit Pappas (Tavistock)

The developer said its Hotel Collection properties will focus on "exceptional services and delivering one-of-a-kind experiences." They'll aim to consitently offer guests custom brand standards, unique design and amenities. Miami-based Arquitectonica has led design on the first two Lake Nona properties.

The new Tavistock Hotel Collection's first properties will be two announced within the past year for Lake Nona.

The 16-story, 215-room Tavistock Town Center Hotel will anchor the next phase of the Lake Nona Town Center, and is scheduled to break ground this year and open by late 2019.

And the eight-story Tavistock Lake Nona Resort, with 250 hotel rooms and 80 condominiums that will surround an 11-acre Crystal Lagoon, has its groundbreaking planned for this year with an anticipated opening in 2020.

Tavistock also recently acquired Fort Lauderdale's Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and Marina, which it plans to reimagine as a social harbor for the city and a prominent feather in its Hotel Collection cap.

Not all company-owned hotels will be included in the Hotel Collection, which is reserved for distinctive and bespoke brand standards.

A third Lake Nona-area hotel planned by Tavistock will not be included in the collection. Plans for a limited service, 120-key hotel on the second lot of the Publix-anchored "Lake Nona Creekside" retail center were filed with the city of Orlando in October.

Tavistock has yet to announce a common hotel flag for that project. It will develop and retain ownership, and in October forecasted a 2018 construction start and 2019 opening for that hotel.

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