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 John Q. Hammons Opens the 257-suite Embassy Suites® Omaha/La Vista – 
Hotel & Conference Center in La Vista, Nebraska
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The Opening Marks Hammons’ 203rd Hotel in 50 Years
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LA VISTA, Neb. & SPRINGFIELD, Mo - July 2, 2008 - Renowned hotelier Mr. John Q. Hammons today announced the opening of his seven-story, 257-suite Embassy Suites® Omaha/La Vista – Hotel & Conference Center (www.embassysuitesomahalavista.com) in La Vista, Neb. The all-suite hotel and adjacent conference center, representing 100,000 gross square feet of meeting space, is owned by Mr. Hammons and is managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites (www.jqhhotels.com). The opening marks Mr. Hammons’ 203rd hotel in his 50 years in the hospitality industry and his third in Nebraska, including the 249-suite Embassy Suites Omaha Downtown/Old Market and 252-suite Embassy Suites Lincoln at the University of Nebraska. 

To culminate hotel staff’s hard work and their surpassing pre-opening sales goals, opening day included the entire team’s dining at the hotel’s upscale, European-cuisine restaurant, the nines, overseen by award-winning German Master Chef Martin H. Reimund. John Burkey of Envoy Advertising received a warm welcome as the hotel’s first guest. A festive ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for July 7, with Mr. Hammons in attendance. 
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With convenient access to I-80, the Embassy Suites Omaha/La Vista – Hotel & Conference Center is located in the heart of Sarpy County’s new 250-acre Southport shopping, business and entertainment development and is adjacent to Cabela’s Retail Superstore. The complex is 20 minutes from Omaha’s Eppley Airport, 40 minutes from Lincoln, and a short drive to Offutt Air Force Base, as well as to Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, comprising a combined student population of nearly 20,000. La Vista has become one of the fastest growing cities in Nebraska, attracting large companies such as PayPal, HP Computers, Streck Laboratories, and Oriental Trading Company, according to the city of La Vista Web site. 

The development complex also includes Mr. Hammons’ 246-room/suite Courtyard by Marriott under construction. To be connected by a glass, climate-controlled walkway to the new La Vista Conference Center, the Courtyard is slated to open in spring of 2009. 

“The winning combination of a high quality facility, La Vista’s ideal location, and the commitment of the Mayor and City Council to pursue future partnership with its corporate citizens will expedite the generation of meeting business,” said Mr. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. “The $4 million already booked in meetings and hotel room reservations revenue is an excellent indicator of the area’s potential.” 

The Embassy Suites Omaha/La Vista – Hotel & Conference Center are connected by an elegant staircase divided by an attractive waterfall feature. Together the facilities provide more than 100,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space, including a grand ballroom that can host a banquet for up to 2,000 people. The hotel is decorated in a fresh, contemporary style of comfortable, casual elegance and features rich granite finishes and interesting fabrics in inviting hues of green, orange, red and gold. Guests can enjoy European cuisine at the hotel’s the nines restaurant or cocktails in the relaxing atrium lounge, while Caffeina’s, the marketplace café, brews Starbucks coffee and has wireless Internet access. 

“The City Council and I couldn’t be more excited about the opening of the Embassy Suites and La Vista Conference Center. To have Mr. Hammons, one of the premier hotel developers in the country, build one of his top-notch, state-of-the-art hotel and conference center projects in La Vista is a dream come true. Working in partnership with Mr. Hammons is sure to result in great things for the city of La Vista for many years to come,” said Mayor Douglas Kindig, city of La Vista. 

About the Hotel and Conference Center’s General Manager and Director of Sales 

A 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry and with John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts since 1994, Tony Moody serves as general manager of the new Embassy Suites Omaha/La Vista – Hotel & Conference Center. His hotel and food & beverage experience spans properties in major and tertiary markets in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois and Texas. Moody is joined by Director of Sales David Scott, who transferred from the company’s 249-suite Embassy Suites Omaha–Downtown/Old Market. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Scott has 23 years’ experience in hospitality and tourism and is president of the Nebraska Heartland Chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. 

About the Embassy Suites Omaha/La Vista – Hotel & Conference Center 

The Embassy Suites Omaha/La Vista – Hotel & Conference Center is beautifully decorated to make guests feel at home. Each of the 257 spacious, two-room guest suites features a private bedroom with the Embassy Essentials Bedding Collection, as well as a living room, and is equipped with two televisions, refrigerator, wet bar, microwave oven, coffee maker, two telephones with voicemail, high-speed Internet access, work desk and in-room safe boxes. Guests start each day with a complimentary, cooked-to-order breakfast, and they enjoy a nightly Manager’s Reception® with complimentary beverages. Other features include Caffeina’s Internet Café, a relaxing atrium lounge, full-service restaurant, 24-hour room service, and spacious meeting and conference facilities with hotel staff dedicated to each group’s specialized needs. Site amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool and sundeck. 

For more information, to make reservations at the Embassy Suites Omaha/La Vista or to book a group function at the La Vista Conference Center, call (402) 331-7400, contact your travel agent, or visit www.embassysuitesomahalavista.com. The hotel also can be booked under the following GDS codes: Amadeus OMA402, Galileo/Apollo 31096, Sabre 19969, and Worldspan 19969. 

About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts 

Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts 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 77 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 203 hotels. For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, please visit the company’s Web site at www.jqhhotels.com. 

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Contact:

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

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Also See: John Q. Hammons to Develop New Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in La Vista, Neb.; State's Fastest-growing City is a Prime Meetings Destination / March 2004
Federal Aviation Administration Rules John Q. Hammons' Proposed 10 Story Embassy Suites Too Tall for Omaha Airport Site / November 2004

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