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John Q. Hammons Building a 150-suite Residence Inn
by Marriott Kansas City International Airport
KANSAS CITY, Mo., and SPRINGFIELD, Mo. February 7, 2006 Mr. John Q. Hammons today announced his plans to break ground on the new four-story, 150-suite Residence Inn by Marriott® Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, Mo.  Slated to open in fall 2006, the hotel will be owned by Mr. Hammons and will be managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC, the nation's leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites.   

Strategically located east of Interstate 29 and north of Highway 152 just north of the Tiffany Springs exit, the hotel will be 1.5 miles from the Kansas City International Airport.  The new Residence Inn will be the 11th hotel managed by John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts in Missouri.  The company also owns and operates two additional hotels in Kansas City, Mo. the Embassy Suites Kansas City International Airport and the Homewood Suites Kansas City International Airport. 

"Over the last 10 years, I have been pleased with how strong the Kansas City market has performed," said Mr. John Q. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC.  "I want to continue to offer first-class accommodations and flexible meeting space that will attract new business opportunities and contribute to the growth of the community. The Residence Inn by Marriott Kansas City International Airport expands on the success of my other properties in the area, and I am confident that it will exceed everyone's expectations." 

Area Information 
Situated near the geographic and populations centers of the nation, Kansas City is located in the "Heart of America."  The metro area straddles the Missouri-Kansas state line and includes more than 136 cities and 11 counties.  Kansas City is the hometown headquarters of Hallmark Cards, U.S. Sprint, Russell Stover Candies, H&R Block and numerous other businesses.  Both Harley Davidson and Ford have major plants in the city, ranking Kansas City as one of the top vehicle assembly cities in the nation. 

Kansas City is perhaps best known for its steaks, barbecue and jazz.  With more than 60 barbecue restaurants and numerous cook-off competitions, it is arguably one of the nation's barbecue capitals.  Kansas City became a hotbed of jazz shortly after World War I in the now-famous area around 18th and Vine.  Jazz is undergoing a renaissance there, a factor in the new Kansas City Jazz Museum, a complex that also includes a new Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. 

Property Information 
The Residence Inn by Marriott Kansas City International Airport will feature a variety of amenities for both business and leisure travelers.  Guests will have the lodging options of a studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom suite all of which will be equipped with a sleeper sofa, living area with a color television and a full kitchen that includes a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, sink, a four-person place setting of dishes and a cook top.  The two-bedroom suites also will provide guests an additional bathroom and a choice of two or three queen beds.  Additionally, travelers will be treated to a complimentary newspaper every morning and enjoy a daily complimentary hot breakfast and evening social.  Guests also will have access to a laundry facility, outdoor pool and whirlpool, tennis courts, cardio fitness center and a business library outfitted with two desks, high-speed Internet, a printer, books, games and a color television with a DVD player.   

Company Information 
Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC 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 62 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 164 hotels. 


John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc.
Scott Tarwater
(417) 873-3591

Also See: Selling Downtown Kansas City to Tourists and Convention Industry is Building Steam; French Restaurants and Craps Table! / February 2005
The 249 room Ramada Inn KCI, near Kansas City International Airport, Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy / December 2004

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