Our Experience

Turner Lodging Co. provides management and advisory services to independent hotel developers, owners and financiers anywhere in the world. In recent years Mark and Elaine have assisted clients and associates in Panama, Costa Rica, Canada and Australia:
For The Founders Lodge at Pearl Island Resort, Mark undertook the challenge as a Hotel Development Consultant for the first of three of three high-end hotels to be developed as part of a master-plan island resort with residential, marina, game fishing and equestrian components, off the coast from Panama City.
In Costa Rica Mark led a pre-opening team as Kiana Resorts’ General Manager, with Elaine’s contributions as Pre-opening Consultant, in the establishment of a 52-key luxury villa condominium beach resort with restaurant, bars, spa, and other leisure facilities, and a 72-key luxury villa rental, property management and concierge services components.
The couple worked jointly on a consulting assignment with emphasis on development planning and financial management for StoneCreek Resorts, the owner of 2 master-planned residential resort villages, with upscale golf courses and extensive leisure facilities, in southern Alberta in the Canadian Rockies, featuring SilverTip Resort, a 300 roomed dedicated conference resort, a 46-room boutique lodge, and 2 other conceptual hotel development options geared to explore maximization of return on investment.
On Costa Rica’s south Pacific coast in the resort residential community where Mark and Elaine had their own permanent home, they provided property management and vacation rentals marketing services for a group of strata-owned luxury villas, trading as Costa Rica Bedfinder.
Costa Rica Bedfinder’s website provides online marketing representation for accommodation providers throughout Costa Rica, including vacation rentals, hotels and resorts, lodges and bed & breakfasts. As the founder Elaine personally compiled, designed and developed the interactive website and managed the day-to-day business. As the co-owner Mark established key accounts with major providers and assisted with business development.

As a potential equity partner Mark traveled extensively in Australia in an exploratory joint venture aimed at establishing a leased hotel management organization and/or a management rights business (managed multi ownership vacation properties with property management component). In addition he has provided advice on countless business propositions, visited numerous project sites, and contributed to a wide spectrum of ventures, which included:

  • Bare Land Survey and Location Study
  • Fractional Residence Club Service Concepts and Budgets
  • Founders Lodge Concept and Design Input
  • Luxury Villas Community Project Site Study
  • Remote Island Resort Expansion Consultations
  • Remote Beach Resort Community Project Site Study
  • Hospitality Real Estate Development Project Feasibility
  • Remote Island Site Planning Consultations
  • Hotel Sale and Exit Consultations
  • Purchase Due Diligence Consultations
  • Bare Land Beach Resort Development Consultations
  • Heritage Site Hotel Development Consultations
  • Caribbean Island Resort Development Consultations
  • Management Re-Structure Consultations
  • Brand Operator Selection Consultations
  • Conversion Project Competition and Location Study
  • Beach Resort Community Development Consultations
For the 180-room five-star Kabul Serena Hotel with 2 restaurants, 2 bars and 2 lounges, events and meetings space for 500, health club and spa, Mark led the first hotel team in post-war Afghanistan as Pre-opening General Manager, while Elaine set up a Training School and consulted on all aspects of Marketing Communications.
Mark was General Manager and later promoted to Country General Manager for a portfolio of 4 city hotels and 4 resort hotels in what was then Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts, with a total of 651rooms, in the Republic of Malawi in southeast Africa.
While Elaine served as the Corporate Training Manager for 3 West Malaysian resort hotels in the Swiss Garden International hotel group, Mark as General Manager re-launched the 300-room 6-outlet Damai Laut Resort with large MICE space, 18-hole golf course, country club, 150 residential apartments, Gym and Spa.
This Maldivian island resort of 106 exquisitely furnished beach and water villas, 5 F&B outlets, sports fishing, dive and recreational facilities, gym and spa, was voted in the top ten resorts in the world by CondeNast Traveler during Mark’s tenure as General Manager and Elaine’s as the Marketing Communications Manager, before it was handed over and renamed as Four Seasons Kuda Huraa.
As General Manager of the Lizard Island Lodge Resort, Mark led this five star Australian island resort with 40 villas, spa, dive and sports fishing facilities, to win the vote as one of the world’s top 20 International Hideaways by Andrew Harper’s Q-Club, and the 2nd place award among ‘Best Small Hotels’ in the world, and the 3rd place for ‘Best Hotels in Australia’ by Travel & Leisure magazine.
Mark served as the Operations Manager for All Seasons Hotels‘ Hotel Swanston and Welcome Hotel, two back-to-back central business district hotels with 510 rooms combined in Melbourne, Australia.
At Pavilion Resorts, before it became a part of Six Senses Resorts and Spas, with Mark as General Manager and Elaine as his EAM, the couple undertook a pre-opening challenge in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where they prepared a 40-roomed boutique resort and set up a training school. Then they proceeded to southern Thailand to oversee the takeover and turnaround of a business hotel with 430 rooms and 1500-pax conference facility with Mark still as the GM and Elaine as Marketing Services Consultant.
In Shanghai in 1991 during the first wave of talent migration into China, Mark was soft-opening 6 outlets as Acting Food and Beverage Manager in the 500 roomed Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza when Elaine joined as Assistant Front Office Manager working with 60 staff on delivering five-star front-line services.
Prior to China Mark’s career had evolved from a 7-year apprenticeship with the Savoy Hotel group in U.K. and Switzerland to various F&B and managerial positions in restaurants and winery resorts in Australia. Elaine’s early career with Hyatt Hotels in Asia revolved around marketing services and marketing communications, interspersed with stints in advertising and journalism.

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