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John Q. Hammons Building a 225 room Full-service Courtyard® by Marriott®
Hotel in Allen, Texas, Located Across the Street from the Previously
Announced  280-suite Embassy Suites Hotel

Hammons’ Eleventh Texas Hotel to be Adjacent to $50 Million Event Center at The Village at Allen

ALLEN (Dallas), Texas, and SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – July 10, 2007 – Mr. John Q. Hammons today announced his plans to develop a 225-room, 10-story, full-service Courtyard® by Marriott® Hotel in Allen adjacent to the recently announced 7,500-seat, $50 million Allen event center, a joint venture between Global Entertainment Corporation (AMEX:GEE), The  MGHerring Group, and the city of Allen.  Representing Mr. Hammons’ 11 Texas development, the hotel will be a component of The Village at Allen, an upcoming 181-acre, mixed-use development by The MGHerring Group.  The hotel will be owned by Mr. Hammons and 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 (  Mr. Hammons is also developing a 280-suite, 10-story Embassy Suites Hotel® and 80,000-square-foot convention center in The Village at Fairview, across the street from the Allen development, announced in March.

“My continued interest in the Collin County area lies in its growing accessibility and in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex’s ongoing expansion to the north and east.  The extensive residential growth around Allen’s new entertainment and retail development makes this an ideal location for a Courtyard by Marriott hotel,” said Mr. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts.  “State Highway 121, U.S. Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 380 provide critical access to the area.  Also attractive is Collin County Regional Airport’s undergoing capital improvements to expand its runways enabling potential commercial air service, putting this location on the map as a major destination point.”

Construction of the hotel is expected to begin in late fall 2007, with an anticipated opening slated for early spring 2009.  The event center, set for a fall 2009 opening, will offer a venue for concerts, top touring shows, family entertainment and professional sports, complementing the dynamic shopping, dining and entertainment destination atmosphere created by The Village at Allen.  Global Entertainment anticipates approximately 150 revenue-generating events in the center each year, with more than 600,000 visitors annually.

Expected to open in October 2008, The Village at Allen will feature approximately 1 million square feet of retail and restaurants and 500,000 square feet of office space.  The Village at Allen and The Village at Fairview will be separated by Stacy Road, but will be designed and developed as one project.  Upon completion, the development will feature more than 2 million square feet of retail and 1 million square feet of office and commercial space.   

John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts opens the Embassy Suites® Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa and Convention Center’s 152-suite hotel tower.  The six-story tower expansion adjoins the existing hotel and the John Q. Hammons Center.  The expanded property now offers 400 suites and is Arkansas’ largest all-suite property and the largest hotel development to date for Mr. John Q. Hammons’ in his 49 years in the hospitality industry.  The hotel and meeting facility are managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts.

The inviting tower features a contemporary décor with vibrant gem tones.  Guests now can enjoy John Q. Hammons’ signature Spa Botanica day spa, as the tower houses the ninth and largest Spa Botanica within the company’s portfolio.  To compensate for additional guest traffic associated with the expansion, the hotel is undergoing a $1 million renovation to enlarge public areas such as the restaurant and to refresh the atrium area with new tile and hardwood floors.

“With our tower expansion, we’ve created a highly desirable rooms-to-meetings space ratio.  The total development spans three city blocks.  The sheer size combined with our high standards for consistently delivering an exceptional guest experience better positions us and the city to compete for more citywide conventions,” said Mr. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts.  

The Embassy Suites ? Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa and Convention Center development is conveniently located on Interstate 540 (future Interstate 49) across from the new Pinnacle Hills Promenade, a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping center, and within a one-mile radius of $1 billion in new development.  Located nearby are several large corporate demand generators such as the Wal-Mart, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. and Tyson headquarters, as well as the University of Arkansas with a student population of more than 17,000.  Other area attractions include Beaver Lake, one of America’s top bass fishing destinations, and Hobbs State Park, the largest state park in Arkansas.  The nearby Crystal Bridges Museum, a premier national art institution dedicated to American art and artists, is scheduled to open in 2009.  Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is just 12 miles from the hotel. 

“John Q. Hammons’ hotel and meeting facility represents a flagship property and a key part of the equation in our cultivating Rogers as a destination for business and leisure travel,” said Mayor Steve Womack, city of Rogers.  “We appreciate Mr. Hammons’ continued commitment to our shared vision for Rogers and Benton County’s continued growth.”

“Although our formal public grand opening is slated for late August, the tower is open for business and experiencing full occupancy,” said David Lang, general manager, Embassy Suites ? Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa and Convention Center.  “We’ve identified a significant opportunity, and the considerable initial response is an indicator of things to come.”  

“Adding a full-service hotel to the mix of quality tenants that are joining the Allen development helps establish The Village at Allen as a regional and leisure destination,” said Gar Herring, president of The MGHerring Group.  “The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel will help drive use of the event center, as well as attract weekend leisure travelers that want to enjoy The Village at Allen shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.”

Conveniently located in Collin County – one of the fastest growing and most affluent areas in Texas – and situated at the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 75 and Stacy Road, the hotel will be easily accessible to the cities of Frisco and McKinney and the town of Fairview, as well as to the Collin County Regional Airport.  Anticipated to reach a combined population of 300,000 by 2008, the growth of and travel to these areas is expected to fuel the hotel’s success.  Additionally, the Texas Telecom Corridor, located within 15 miles of the development, along with major employers such as Blockbuster, Raytheon and the Medical Center of McKinney, will provide opportunities to draw group and meetings business.

“Mr. Hammons possesses an outstanding portfolio of hotels that hold high standards of quality service, and we are delighted to work with a developer of his caliber,” said Peter Vargas, city manager of the city of Allen.  “We are confident that his hotel will enhance interest in visiting Allen and add to the economic growth of the area.” 
Upon completion of the Allen and Fairview hotels, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts will operate more than 1,600 rooms and nearly 305,000 gross square feet of meeting space in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Other John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts properties include: the Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas-Frisco/Convention Center and Spa; the Embassy Suites Hotel Outdoor World in Grapevine; the Renaissance Dallas-Richardson Hotel; and the Hampton Inn & Suites Mesquite at Rodeo Center.

Courtyard by Marriott Information
Considered a moderately priced lodging brand, Courtyard by Marriott is "designed by business travelers for business travelers.”  Sample features include spacious rooms with work desk with no-glare lighting and an ergonomic chair, high-speed Internet access, two telephones with multiple lines, data ports, voice mail, restaurant, lounge, meeting space with audiovisual service, central courtyard, exercise room, swimming pool and whirlpool, and 24-hour access to food.

About The MGHerring Group
With a reputation for design, quality and integrity, Dallas-based The MGHerring Group has developed more than 30 major shopping centers and regional malls in the United States and Mexico, totaling more than 24 million square feet of retail space.  

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 73 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 185 hotels.  For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, please visit the company’s Web site at

Scott Tarwater
John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
(417) 873-3591
Also See: John Q. Hammons Breaks Ground for 280 suite Embassy Suites® Hotel and Convention Center in Fairview, Texas (North of Dallas); Project Part of Village at Fairview, a 400-acre, Mixed-use, Lifestyle Center / March 2007


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