Columbia-based Solara Hospitality, developer and owner of Marriott franchised hotels in the Midlands, said it plans to provide a cash bonus of up to $500 for all hourly-paid hotel employees. The plan for the bonuses was announced at a press conference.
“Since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 we will create some financial benefit for the company and the hotels we operate and we want to share that benefit with our associates,” said Clancy Cipkala, President and CEO of Solara Hospitality, the land developer and management company for the hotels.
Also in attendance at the press conference was U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC -Dist. 2.) He presented Solara Hospitality with an achievement award due to their contributions. Wilson said more than 270 companies have offered employee benefits as a direct result of tax reform, helping more than three million American families.
Solara operates three hotels in the Midlands and has developed over $45 million of investment in their projects. “Columbia is a great city and we want to contribute to their growth and vision of a premiere destination for all visitors,” Cipkala added. Solara owns and operates the Residence Inn by Marriott in Irmo on Lake Murray Boulevard and the TownePlace Suites by Marriott on Columbiana Drive. Most recent project was the opening of the Residence Inn by Marriott across from Lexington Medical Center.