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Owned and Managed by Kana Hotel Group, the 140-suite
Embassy Suites Knoxville West Celebrates Topping Out

The Tennessee Hotel Appoints Management Team for Scheduled
Mid-2013 Opening with Andy Hodges as General Manager

McLEAN, Va. (October 26, 2012)
– Embassy Suites Hotels, the upscale, all-suites hotel brand, announced today the “topping out” of Embassy Suites Knoxville West, signifying that the project has reached its maximum height and the structural framework is complete. Owned and managed by Kana Hotel Group, the 140-suite, six-story Design Option III hotel is being built at 9621 Parkside Drive, near the Turkey Creek and Cedar Bluff areas of Knoxville, Tennessee. Embassy Suites Knoxville West will be the Knoxville area’s first full-service hotel to open in twenty-five years. Construction began in May 2012, and the hotel is scheduled to open in April 2013. Embassy Suites’ recently appointed global head John Rogers will be in attendance at a celebration hosted by the hotel this afternoon to commemorate the milestone.

“We’re pleased to partner with Kana Hotel Group on bringing Embassy Suites to Knoxville as its flagship property and excited to see the project reach this mark in its construction,” said John Rogers, global head of Embassy Suites Hotels. “We’re looking forward to when the hotel opens its doors next year and joins the growing portfolio of Embassy Suites hotels across the country.”

In conjunction with the topping out announcement, Embassy Suites Knoxville West and Kana Hotel Group are also pleased to reveal the appointment of the hotel’s general manager, Andy Hodges, and director of sales, Kris Reagan. Hodges joins the Embassy Suites Knoxville West from Springmaid Beach Resort, where he served as assistant general manager, while his industry experiences also include general manager positions at Hampton Inn and Hilton Garden Inn. He earned his degree in business management from Marshall University and is a member of Knoxville Tourism Alliance, American Hotel & Lodging Association and Farragut/West Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. Reagan brings nearly 25 years of industry experience to her role, where she will oversee the hotel’s sales and marketing operations. She has held multiple positions within Hilton Worldwide, most recently serving as the general manager for the Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg. She has a business administration & sociology degree from the University of Tennessee and has served on the Board of Directors for Gatlinburg and Chattanooga's Chambers of Commerce.

“We are well on the road to bringing an Embassy Suites Hotel that offers great features that guests know and love to the Knoxville region, and are thrilled to have a strong team in place to ensure it is a success. This hotel is truly going to be a showpiece for the Knoxville area,” said Alpesh Patel, CEO, Kana Hotel Group. “This property will be our eighth hotel in Tennessee, and our sixth in the Greater Knoxville region,” added Kevin Mahoney, president, Kana Hotel Group. “We look forward to bringing this and other future developments to help grow this community and the state of Tennessee."

Embassy Suites Knoxville West is being constructed in the brand’s Design Option III style. The innovative and flexible design features a variety of side-by-side suites, shotgun suites and one-room suites in addition to a contemporary atrium area. The design decreases the amount of land needed and creates efficiencies for both construction and operational costs. These features also further enhance the guest experience, as there is still a great sense of space and more natural light in guest rooms and public areas like the atrium.

Embassy Suites Knoxville West will also feature all of the signature amenities standard at any Embassy Suites hotel, including free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning, a two-hour Complimentary Evening Reception* and two-room suites with a separate living area, private bedroom, two flat-screen high-definition televisions and wet bar fitted with a microwave, mini-fridge and coffee maker. The hotel will also house over 9,000 square feet of meeting space and offer complimentary fitness and business centers. Embassy Suites Knoxville West is expected to employ approximately 60 team members upon completion.

For more information on Embassy Suites Hotels, please visit www.embassysuites.com. For development queries, please visit www.embassyfranchise.com .

About Embassy Suites Hotels
Embassy Suites Hotels, one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands and one of Parents magazine’s 10 Best Hotel Chains for Families of 2012, gives guests more during every stay. The full-service, upscale brand offers spacious two-room suites, free cooked-to-order breakfast and nightly Complimentary Evening Receptions with appetizers and beverages. Both leisure and business travelers looking for an approachable, upscale experience feel right at home in the brand’s inviting atrium environment. Embassy Suites Hotels has 213 properties across the Americas and nearly 30 more in the pipeline. For more information, visit embassysuites.com, and connect with Embassy Suites at embassysuitesmediacenter.com, facebook.com/embassysuiteshotels and twitter.com/EmbassySuites

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,900 hotels and timeshare properties, with 640,000 rooms in 90 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

*Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.

About Kana Hotel Group

Kana Hotel Group is located in Knoxville, TN, with additional offices in Tampa, FL.  Kana is an award winning independent third party management company with over 2,200 hotel rooms under management, and additional 500+ rooms in development. The portfolio is well diversified amongst major brands such as Hilton, Marriott, and IHG. Kana Hotel Group has extensive relationships with institutional owners and lenders as well as individual ownership groups. More information can be found at www.kanahotelgroup.com.
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Contact:

Jacquie Toppings
+1 703 883 6587
Jacqueline.Toppings@hilton.com

Krystin Arrabito
+1 212 805 8009
Krystin.Arrabito@emanatepr.com



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