St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Breaks Ground in St. John

Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Breaks Ground in St. John

Thursday, June 15, 2017

St. John the Baptist Parish – Parish President Natalie Robottom and her Administrative staff joined SMC Hotels President W. Harrison Smith, Vice President Delton Smith , Shelby Smith  Greg Lott, Progressive Bank, Cayce Hand, Hand Construction and Chris Elberson of Somdal Associates for a new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott franchise on Belle Terre Blvd near I-10.  Members from the River Region Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Committee, Timothy Bright of Belle Terre Land LLC and Harold Flynn, Jr. his development Consultant were also in attendance.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Laplace, owned by Marriott, will have 94 rooms, which includes approximately 23 suites. The hotel will also have an outdoor pool, fitness center, sundry shop, and meeting room. The hotel will serve breakfast in its expanded lobby breakfast room area.

SMC Hotels is a privately, family-owned hotel management and development company that will develop, manage, and own the hotel. “We did a lot of research in this area and it shows that there is potential for major development and growth for the Belle Terre Boulevard corridor,” said Delton Smith. “We thought this was a really good location and want to take advantage of the region’s success.” 

Upon completion, the hotel will employ 15-20 full-time employees, which includes 3 management positions. Depending mostly on weather, the hotel is expected to open sometime next year.

 “We’re excited to welcome SMC Hotels and Fairfield by Marriot in this strategic location near Interstate-10 and Belle Terre Blvd.,” said President Robottom. “We anticipate this site, will add more economic vitality to this area, meet the demand for more hotel rooms and create jobs.”

About SMC Hotels: SMC Hotels is a family-owned hotel development and management company. The principals of SMC have over 50 years of combined hotel development, management, and asset management experience across Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico.  SMC was formed in 1984 by W. Harrison Smith as a vehicle to manage his family’s hotel real estate holdings and investments. He worked with his father for nearly three decades to profitably manage a number of hotel investments within the family and with outside partners.

Across four generations, the family has developed, invested in and operated numerous hotels across the region. The family’s history in hotels began approximately 80 years ago when CW Lane purchased the Caddo hotel in downtown Shreveport. At different points in time, the family has invested in and operated hotels in Abilene, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Amarillo, Lake Charles, Austin, San Angelo, the Greater New Orleans area, and Dallas. Its history also includes developing the Residence Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico, developing both the Quality Inn & Suites in Shreveport (now a Ramada) and the Best Western Plus in Baton Rouge.

In 2014, Delton Smith joined his father and SMC Hotels after spending 8 years with Hyatt Development in a series of escalating positions around the world.

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