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Charlestowne Hotels Makes History in Deal with Historic Inn

Eight Contracts in 2010 Results in Doubling of Company’s Size Over 18 Months as of June 30th
 
July 9, 2010 - CHARLESTON, SC – Rarely does one sign a deal at a property located at the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but Charlestowne Hotels, Inc made some “history” of its own by inking a deal with the unique Inn at Middleton Place.  The deal marks the eighth new contract penned by the hotel management and marketing firm in the first half of 2010.  The Inn at Middleton Place is part of the 18th-century Middleton Place, where America's oldest landscaped gardens include the home of Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

This latest addition is one of several unique inns, hotels, and resorts added to the firm’s portfolio over the eighteen months ending June 30th, 2010.  The properties added range from a 16 room urban, boutique inn, The Restoration on King in Charleston, SC, to the 500 plus condos at Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center in Sunset Beach, NC.  The eight properties added in 2010 represent a year-to-date increase of over 75% in rooms under contract with the firm for management or marketing services.

Arial View of the Inn at Middleton Place

In 2008, the company placed an emphasis on quality growth in the southeast and in 2009 seven new contracts and 411 new rooms were added to the portfolio, including two additional AAA Four Diamond inns and a property striving to be South Carolina’s first LEED certified green hotel.   As of July 1, an additional 888 rooms have been brought under contract in 2010, including two North Carolina golf resorts and the company’s first contracts in the states of Virginia and Florida. Charlestowne Hotels now works with a total of twenty six properties in five southeastern states and is recognized as one of the leading management companies in the country.

Middleton Place House Museum
“We are excited about the success of our efforts to expand our reach in the southeast - over 100% growth in total rooms in the last eighteen months” states Everett Smith, Founder and President of Charlestowne Hotels. “As we mapped out our plans for growth, we began searching for and assembling one of the best teams in the industry. We offer a full menu of services that are attractive to many independent owners trying to compete with national brands or just to retain market share in these challenging economic times”.
 
Michael Tall, Senior Vice President, added, “Our team not only has delivered enhanced revenue performance through cutting edge marketing and e-commerce strategies, but also has excelled in providing consistently high customer service that has been recognized nationally through prestigious designations from Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice and Expedia Insider Select awards”.
The company plans to continue its emphasis on cultivated growth and anticipates additional announcements to be made during the second half of 2010. 
 
About CHARLESTOWNE HOTELS, INC.
Charlestowne Hotels, Inc. (formerly Charlestown Management Hotels) is a full-service hospitality management company offering innovative, yet proven, expertise in hotel development, operational controls, marketing and revenue management, and financial reporting. Founded in 1980 by Everett L. Smith Jr, Charlestowne Hotels has become one of the most successful firms in the hospitality industry, and one of the largest hotel management companies on the Southeast coast.
 
The company currently works with 26 properties which include the Andrew Pinckney Inn, Best Western King Charles Inn, Best Western Sweetgrass Inn, French Quarter Inn,  The Restoration on King, The HarbourView Inn, The Inn at Middleton Place, Holiday Inn Express Charleston, Holiday Inn Express and Suites Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston Inn, Shem Creek Inn, and the Sleep Inn - all of which are located in the Charleston, SC area, The Palms Hotel - Isle of Palms, SC, the Meridian Plaza - Myrtle Beach, SC, the Surfside Beach Resort - Surfside Beach, SC, the Litchfield Inn - Pawleys Island, SC,  The Inn at Claussen’s - Columbia, SC, Rhett House Inn - Beaufort, SC, The Esmeralda - Chimney Rock, NC, Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center - Sunset Beach, NC, Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa – Waynesville, NC, Planters Inn and Hamilton-Turner Inn - Savannah, GA, Smithfield Station - Smithfield, VA and La Fiesta Ocean Inn and Suites and Beachfront Bed and Breakfast in St. Augustine Beach, Florida.

Visit www.charlestownehotels.com for more information.
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Contact:

Susan Cohen
(843) 972-1440
scohen@charlestownehotels.com

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Previous Press Releases:
Hotel Management Company Delivers a "One, Two Punch" on World's Most Visited Travel Website; Two Hotels Under Management Of Charlestowne Hotels, Inc. Win Top Spots in Eighth Annual Traveler’s Choice Awards on Trip Advisor / January 2010

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