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Shamin Hotels Opens its 4th and 5th Hotels at the Richmond International Airport -
130 room Hilton Garden Inn and a 143 room Holiday Inn
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November 20, 2008 (Richmond, Va.) -- Shamin Hotels, one of the leading hotel management companies on the East Coast, today announces the opening of two new hotels at Richmond International Airport (RIC); a   Hilton Garden Inn and a Holiday Inn.  These hotels join three other Shamin properties at the airport; a Homewood Suites, a Holiday Inn Express and a Comfort Inn. Shamin Hotels will also open a Hampton Inn at RIC by spring 2009. 

“Richmond International Airport has seen 34 consecutive months of growth,” said Neil Amin, chief executive officer of Shamin Hotels.  “Very few cities the size of Richmond can boast of having non-stop flights to 8 of the 10 largest metropolitan areas in the US.  The airport commission has done a wonderful job in creating a first-class terminal and we hope to support the airport and it’s travelers with high-quality business class hotels.”
 

Shamin Hotels - History

Starting with modest savings, credit card advances, and a recently purchased old motel coming out of bankruptcy, who would have the foresight to see that P.C. Amin would become Central Virginia's largest and fastest growing hotel owner and operator? That is easy: All of the 500 plus associates of Shamin Hotels who have the pleasure of working side by side with P.C. Amin each day.

In 1971, Pramod C. Amin arrived in Richmond by Greyhound bus with $20.00 in his pocket and a degree in civil engineering looking for an engineering job. The native of Baroda, India found his engineering job and had hoped to save enough money to go back home. However, after working for 8 years, he wanted to work for himself. P.C and his brother-in-law B.N. Shah purchased a struggling motel in Lumberton, North Carolina and with vision, high standards of guest service, and sheer hard work and determination a successful company was born. For each hotel along the way, P. C. or his brother-in-law would open and operate the hotel instilling the standards and values of guest service. With that, formula success begot success. Shamin Hotels now has 21 properties in three states with over 1900 rooms in the Richmond area alone. In addition to six Hilton properties, Shamin also has Marriott, Holiday Inn, and Choice brands.

P.C. runs the business with his wife of 29 years, Punam, his son Neil, and nephew Jay Shah. After receiving an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and working in Mergers and Acquisitions at Goldman Sachs, Neil joined the company as C.E.O. Jay, a graduate of the Hotel School at James Madison University, was Chairman of the North Carolina Hotel & Motel Association and serves on the board of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

“Richmond International Airport welcomes the arrival of the three new Shamin Hotels properties to serve travelers utilizing commercial flight services available from RIC,” said airport president and CEO Jon E. Mathiasen, AAE.  “The addition of a new-construction Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, and Hampton Inn offers valuable new hospitality choices for RIC customers traveling to and from the region.”

The new 80,886 square foot Hilton Garden Inn stands 5 stories tall and features 130 rooms plus a beautiful 2,365 square foot ballroom divisible by three for smaller meetings. The meeting rooms are named after famous aviators from Richmond who made significant contributions to aviation: Howard Baugh, T. Fleetwood Garner, Kenneth Rowe and Spencer Rice.  The Ballroom is named the Aviator Room.

“The Hilton Garden Inn an up-scale, mid priced, focused service hotel that caters to the ambitious and practical traveler,” said Elaine Odom, director of sales for Shamin Hotels.  “Hilton Garden Inn continually strives to ensure today's busy travelers have everything they need to be productive on the road.  At the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport, we have various size meeting rooms and a large ballroom available for conferences and social events, complete with an experienced catering and banquet staff.”

Guest rooms feature the self-adjusting Garden Sleep System® bed, a large work desk with ergonomic Mirra chair by Herman Miller, individual climate control, innovative, easy-to-set alarm clock radio with adaptor for portable music player and a 32” high-definition LCD TV. 

Hotel amenities include complimentary wireless & wired high-speed Internet access throughout, an indoor heated pool with hot tub, a fitness center, a 24 hour business center, and a lobby bar with lounge area adjacent to a full service restaurant.  USA TODAY is delivered each weekday morning.

The new full-service Holiday Inn Richmond Airport stands six stories tall with 143 rooms and 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including the largest ballroom in the area.  Holiday Inn, one of the world’s most recognized brands, is currently re-branding itself with a more contemporary design and identity, as well as improved consistency and service levels.  The Holiday Inn Richmond Airport features the latest construction design from Holiday Inn with a modern and attractive facility.  This is only the second in Virginia to feature such a design, the other being located in Colonial Heights – also owned and operated by Shamin Hotels.

In addition to deluxe luxurious rooms and ample meeting and event space, the Holiday Inn also offers a business center, fitness center and heated indoor pool, plus complimentary wireless high speed Internet access.  The Holiday Inn will also feature the upscale 1607 Bistro & Bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

“Our new Holiday Inn Airport is the perfect place to call home while visiting our state capital,” said Doug Parcells, general manager.   “Our entire staff is eager to serve guests and to provide a memorable visit at our magnificent new hotel. We have all the amenities leisure, business travelers, and meeting attendees need to stay connected 24/7 while being pampered by the team I have personally selected and trained.”

Shamin Hotels is one of the leading hotel management companies on the East Coast, operating more than 20 hotel properties in the Commonwealth.  Shamin Hotels recently opened a Hampton Inn and a Holiday Inn along the picturesque Appomattox River in Colonial Heights and a Courtyard by Marriott at Virginia Center Commons.  Currently Shamin has eighteen additional hotels in development including Richmond’s premiere Hilton Conference Center and Spa in Short Pump that will boast over 20,000 square feet of meeting space. 

About Shamin Hotels
Shamin Hotels, based in Richmond, Virginia, is a leading hotel management company with more than 24 lodging properties in the United States. Shamin Hotels is a dynamic, growth-oriented hotel company that owns, operates, and develops commercial business hotels under Hilton, Marriott, InterContinental, and Choice flags.  Shamin Hotels is deeply rooted in the hospitality industry and enjoys a number of advantages that give the company a competitive edge. Its senior management team has more than 100 years of combined experiences. The company has long-standing relationships with the industry's most highly regarded brands and has consistently been recipient of awards from its franchisers. For more information, call 804-777-9000 or visit http://www.shaminhotels.com.
 

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Contact:

Lori Darling
804-777-9000 x123
lori.darling@shaminhotels.com

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Also See: Richmond, Virginia Area On Track for its Best Year ever in Hotel Occupancy; 2,000 Rooms are Under Construction / December 2007
Himanshu Vahal Appointed Chef of the Hilton Garden Inn in Greenbelt, Maryland / June 2006
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