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McKibbon Hotel Management Opens the 171 room
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport/Westshore
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Stormy McNeil the Opening General Manager



(TAMPA, FL – 07/31/08) Tampa-based McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc. will celebrate the opening of its second property at Avion Park Westshore on Friday, August 1, when guests are welcomed at the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport/Westshore.

The Hilton Garden Inn has 171 rooms, featuring king and double queen rooms and suites that offer in-room hospitality centers, including mini-refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker; Garden Sleep System adjustable beds; complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access with remote printing capabilities; phones with voicemail and data ports; and flat-screen HDTVs with hi-definition cable service.  Property amenities include an outdoor heated pool and whirlpool, guest laundry and a modern fitness center.  The hotel also features a unique full-service restaurant, coast, tampa’s “bay cuisine”, which promises a diverse menu with global influences that will invite both hotel guests and patrons of fine dining.

“We want our properties to be destinations that are truly special to our guests,” explained CEO John McKibbon.  “From the unique architecture to the outstanding service that McKibbon is known for, we strive to make each guest’s visit a memorable one.  Avion Park Westshore is named after my father’s first motor lodge in Gainesville, Georgia, and it’s through the foundation of his hard work and dedication that we are able to serve our guests in exceptional ways today.  We’re excited to bring this unique full-service hotel to the Tampa Airport market.”

The Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport/Westshore is situated in the heart of the dynamic Westshore Business District at the corner of Spruce and O’Brien Streets.  Across the street from the Tampa International Airport and International Plaza Mall, the property is conveniently located within minutes of downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg, and easily accessible to Pasco County via the nearby Veteran’s Expressway.

The property is managed by General Manager Stormy McNeil, an experienced McKibbon team leader who previously managed the Residence Inn by Marriott Westshore.  The Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport/Westshore is the second of three planned hotels at the Avion Park Property, joining the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Tampa Westshore, which opened in June, and the Homewood Suites by Hilton, scheduled to open in December 2008.

A celebration to honor building contractors and opening team hotel associates will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1.  Following the ceremony, the hotel will welcome its first guests. 

About McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.

McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc., based in Tampa, Florida, is a privately owned enterprise that has grown into a premier franchisee for Marriott, Hilton and Starwood hotels.  McKibbon is proud to be a recognized leader for over 82 years in the hospitality industry, and currently operates over 50 mid and upscale brands in 8 states throughout the Southeast.  The company a rich history and culture that promotes a family oriented environment, while holding true to its core values of honesty, integrity and loyalty.  For more information, visit www.mckibbon.com.

About Avion Park Westshore

AVION PARK WESTSHORE is a 19-acre mixed-use development located near the Tampa International Airport, downtown Tampa and Pinellas County at the corner of Spruce and O’Brien Streets in Tampa.  The property is developed and managed by McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.

Construction has recently been completed on development infrastructure and two of the three hotels (TownePlace Suites by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn are complete; Homewood Suites by Hilton scheduled for December 2008), and will be followed soon by a 136,000 square-foot Class A owner-occupied office tower (office space for sale brokered by Cushman & Wakefield and managed by McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.) and a 300,000 square foot Class A leased office building (developed, owned and managed by Highwoods Properties).  The development also consists of a specialty retail shopping center of 21,000 square feet and four pad sites for high-end restaurants and retail to serve the growing Westshore business district.  Retail spaces range from 2,300 – 8,500 square feet.  Along with surface parking, two covered parking decks will accommodate office, hotel and retail customers.

For retail leasing information, please contact Timothy Knight, TriVest Real Estate, LLC at (404) 736-3712.  For owned office space information, contact Mercedes Angell or Jeff Lanning, Cushman & Wakefield, (813) 223-6300.  For office space for lease information, contact Steve Garrity or Laurie Alden, Highwoods Properties, (813) 876-7000.
 

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Contact:

Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport/Westshore
(813) 289-2700

Paula MacDonald
Public Relations Director
(813) 472-7390
paula@mckibbonhotels.com
 

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Also See: McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc. Planning Three Hotels at Avion Park of Westshore, A Mixed Use Project Near Tampa International Airport / August 2005
Michael Butler Named Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for McKibbon Hotel Management / March 2008
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