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John Q. Hammons Building a 283-suite Embassy Suites Hotel® with
Adjoining 80,000 sq ft Conference Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn., and SPRINGFIELD, Mo., – July 25, 2006 – Mr. John Q. Hammons and the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce will hold a press conference today at noon CDT at Middle Tennessee State University.  Mr. Hammons will unveil architectural site drawings of the planned 10-story, 283-suite Embassy Suites Hotel® (www.jqhhotels.com) and adjoining 80,000-square-foot conference center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.  The first development of its kind for the city of Murfreesboro, the hotel will be owned by Mr. Hammons, and the hotel and conference center will be managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC, the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites.   

The all-suite, luxury hotel and conference center are scheduled to open in spring 2008, with construction slated to begin November 1, 2006. The new property will be strategically located near SR-840 in the northeast quadrant of I-24 and Medical Center Parkway and will be adjacent to a planned lifestyle center, “The Avenue Murfreesboro.”  A joint venture between Faison & Associates and Cousins Properties, the lifestyle center will feature one million square feet of restaurant, home furnishings and fashion shopping in an open-air setting and is scheduled to open in August 2007.   
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Mr. Hammons is slated to speak to more than 100 officials at the press conference, including state senators and representatives, city mayors within Rutherford County, the Destination Rutherford board of directors, Murfreesboro City Council, Murfreesboro Planning Commission and other gateway developers. 

“As the fastest growing county in Tennessee, Rutherford is the ideal site for an upscale hotel and state-of-the-art conference center that can accommodate both small and large groups,” said Mr. John Q. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC.  “We have built a strong relationship with Rutherford County and the city of Murfreesboro, and we are certain that the development will continue the high level of quality that was visualized for the area from the start.” 

In addition to Mr. Hammons, the following representatives will address the audience during the press conference:   Dr. Sydney McPhee, president of Middle Tennessee State University; Tommy Bragg, mayor of the city of Murfreesboro; and Bill Jones, chairman of Destination Rutherford and past chair of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. 

“Murfreesboro is proud to have John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts make such an investment in Rutherford County,” said Tommy Bragg, mayor of the city of Murfreesboro.  “This hotel and convention center fill a tremendous need, not only for our business community, but also for our civic, educational and social organizations.  We are certain that the development will exemplify the high caliber of properties Mr. Hammons is known for building, and we eagerly await the completion and opening of the Murfreesboro Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.” 

The Murfreesboro property marks the second full-service hotel and the first conference center Mr. Hammons has built in Tennessee. 

Area Information 
Murfreesboro and Rutherford County’s central location in Tennessee make it a prime area for development as the county is within 500 miles of 75 percent of the nation’s population centers.  The hotel and convention center will also be easily accessible from Middle Tennessee State University, the largest undergraduate university in the state with nearly 23,000 students, and will be within minutes from the Nashville International Airport, Murfreesboro Municipal Airport and Smyrna Airport.  In addition, the development is near several significant business hubs, including Nissan, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, Cumberland Swan, General Mills, Ingram Books, State Farm Insurance, Verizon and Whirlpool.   

Hotel Information 
The Murfreesboro Embassy Suites Hotel will feature a variety of amenities for both business and leisure travelers.  Beautifully decorated to make guests feel at home, each guest suite will have a private bedroom and spacious living room and will be equipped with two televisions, refrigerator, wet bar, microwave oven, coffee maker, two telephones with data ports, high-speed Internet access, spacious work desk, in-room safe boxes and private covered balconies on selected room types.  Guests will enjoy the Embassy Lounge, located in a luxurious open garden atrium with a cascade and meandering water trails, or will relax at Caffeina’s Internet Café.  The hotel will offer 24-hour room service, same-day dry cleaning and daily cooked-to-order breakfast.  Other features include a fitness center, indoor pool and sundeck. 

About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC 
Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC is the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites, including:  Embassy Suites Hotels, Renaissance, Marriott, Radisson, Residence Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Holiday Inn and Courtyard by Marriott brands.  With 64 hotels strategically located near demand generators, such as state capitals, universities, airports, corporate headquarters or office parks in secondary and tertiary markets, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ properties are dominant in their markets.  Over the course of his impressive career in the hotel business, Mr. Hammons has developed 175 hotels.  For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC, please visit the company’s Web site at www.jqhhotels.com. 

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Contact:

Scott Tarwater
John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC
(417) 873-3591
scott.tarwater@jqh.com

Also See: John Q. Hammons to Develop 300 Suite Embassy Suites Hotel and 100,000-square-foot Convention Center in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Located Between Salt Lake City and Provo / July 2006
 John Q. Hammons to Develop 320 room Renaissance Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado / March 2006

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