Group that operates TWA hotel buys Chinese tech firm after president trump’s national security order
09/01/2020|3:25:33 PM|Skift

U.S. hotel operator MCR Development said Monday that it would buy StayNTouch in a $46 million deal with cash and earnouts. The sale was prompted by President Trump’s executive order in March saying the company’s ownership by Chinese tech player Shiji Group could have threatened U.S. national security.

MCR, which calls itself the fifth-largest U.S. hotel owner-operator, oversees 92 properties. It intends to close the transaction later this month.

StayNTouch’s signature product is a cloud-based property management system, core software that lets hotel chains manage room availability, manage guest profile and transaction records, and check guests in and out of rooms using their smartphones.

The New York-based MCR said it would invest $10 million over the next year in StayNTouch’s product development and technology, hire more sales and customer service employees, and use partnerships to expand its distribution globally.

MCR manages a mix of properties in 30 states and has been in the news for running the TWA Hotel that recently opened at New York City’s John. F. Kennedy International Airport, a 512-room property that runs on StayNTouch software.

MCR, which has a $3 billion portfolio, said it will run StayNTouch as a wholly-owned subsidiary and is looking to refresh the brand’s executive leadership.

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