Posted: October 1, 2019
TAMPA, Fla. (October 01, 2019) – Mainsail Lodging & Development announced today the appointment of Andrew Houghton as Managing Partner for Mainsail Vacation Rentals, the company’s new vacation rental experience launched earlier this year. Houghton will oversee the acquisition, management, distribution, marketing and sales of Mainsail Vacation Rentals based in Sarasota, Florida. Mainsail is one of just six property management companies chosen for the launch of Homes & Villas by Marriott International, the global hospitality leader’s new home rental offering.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome such an experienced and skilled industry veteran to the Mainsail family,” said Joe Collier, President of Mainsail Lodging & Development. “Andrew’s expertise, leadership, outstanding record of management success and familiarity with the Marriott brand all make him an ideal choice to help take Mainsail Vacation Rentals to the next level.”
With more than 30 years of management experience at hotels and resorts around the world, Houghton comes to Mainsail from The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, where he served as General Manager for two years. Prior to The Ritz-Carlton, Houghton was with Marriott International as Area Vice President for the Carribean and Brazil, one of many positions he held throughout his long and distinguished career with Marriott, starting in 1986 as Director of Sales & Marketing at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. In 1988, he moved to the Cairo Marriott, as Director of Marketing. From 1992 to 1998, Andrew worked for Hilton Hotels in London as General Manager Sales-Europe and as Resident Manager for the Conrad International Hotel & Casino in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition, Andrew worked at Marriott Headquarters in Washington, DC as Brand Executive Vice President for Full Service Brands from 2004 to 2007. While at Marriott’s corporate office, Andrew defined and managed brand positioning strategies for the Marriott, Renaissance and JW brands.
Primarily focused on Anna Maria Island, Florida, Mainsail Vacation Rentals offers a portfolio of homes ranging from beautifully appointed condominiums to single family homes with an array of floor plans, luxurious bedrooms and upscale amenities, including access to 24/7 support and the option of an in-person welcome check-in experience. Homeowners receive peace of mind knowing an experienced operator will create and manage their listing, and drive revenue, while completely handling the bookings, guest support, housekeeping and maintenance. Through a strategic partnership with Homes & Villas by Marriott, Mainsail Vacation Rentals enjoys unpararelled exposure throughout Marriott’s global distribution channels, while guests can earn and redeem points with Marriott Bonvoy.
About Mainsail Lodging & Development LLC
Mainsail Lodging & Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their property portfolio includes four Autograph Collection hotels: Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands; the boutique, food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) in Tampa, Florida; Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club (WaterlineResort.com) on Anna Maria Island, Florida; and the historic Fenway Hotel (FenwayHotel.com) in Dunedin, Florida; as well as Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee markets for Oakwood® (Oakwood.com). Mainsail Lodging also manages a portfolio of private vacation homes through its Mainsail Vacation Rentals (MainsailVR.com) brand and is a select partner of Homes & Villas by Marriott International. Additional future projects include Luminary Hotel & Co. (LuminaryHotel.com) in Fort Myers, Florida; a 128-room Residence Inn in conjunction with an indoor sports complex in Pasco County, Florida; and a historic boutique hotel in Macon, Georgia. Mainsail Lodging’s corporate charity is Feeding Tampa Bay, the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community. Mainsail actively supports the cause through a variety of employee and guest programs ranging from packing and sorting at the warehouse, to annual events such as the Epic Chef Showdown. Learn more at MainsailHotels.com.