A Newport Beach hospitality company that manages hotels throughout the state has been hired to manage the iconic Queen Mary docked in Long Beach Harbor.
Evolution Hospitality, which manages a Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Anaheim and a Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, among others, took over Monday managing the retired ocean liner, now a tourist attraction and hotel. The company is the third management firm to operate the ship since 2007.
The city of Long Beach bought the Queen Mary in 1967 from the Cunard Line shipping company. Since then, the city has brought in several firms -- including Walt Disney Co. -- to manage the ship and develop about 45 acres of adjacent oceanfront property. In addition to the hotel, the ship features three sit-down restaurants and several ornate ballrooms.
The current lease operators, New York-based Garrison Investment Group, hired Delaware North Cos., a New York hospitality and food service company, in 2009. But Delaware North announced in April that it was ending its relationship with the ship.