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McKibbon Hotel Group Opens Third Hotel at Avion Park Westshore, the 144 suite Homewood Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport/Westshore

TAMPA, FL – 12/11/08 - Gainesville, Georgia’s McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc. will celebrate the opening of their third hotel at Avion Park Westshore on Friday, December 12, when guests are welcomed at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport/Westshore.  The property will be managed by Tampa-based McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.
The Homewood Suites has 144 suites, featuring studio, one and two-bedroom options.  All suites include fully equipped kitchens and separate areas for living, working and sleeping, and offer complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access with remote printing; two phones with voicemail and data ports; and flat-screen HDTVs with hi-definition cable service.  Property amenities include the complimentary Suite Start® hot breakfast daily; Welcome Home® reception offering a light meal and beverages Monday thru Thursday; modern fitness center; outdoor heated pool and guest laundry.
“We are excited to open our third hotel at the Avion Park Westshore development,” explained CEO John McKibbon. “Our properties in the Westshore market have been performing substantially above expectations, even in today’s challenging economy.  Budget conscious travelers are looking for more options in an extended stay hotel, and the Homewood Suites offers both business and leisure travelers a comfortable, high-quality suite environment with a full kitchen, at a very competitive price point.”

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport/Westshore
The Homewood Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport/Westshore is situated in the heart of the dynamic Westshore Business District at the corner of Spruce and O’Brien Streets.  Across the street from the Tampa International Airport and International Plaza Mall, the property is conveniently located within minutes of downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg, and easily accessible to Pasco County via the nearby Veterans Expressway.
The property is managed by General Manager Todd Kinney, a hotel general manager with over 20 years experience who previously led McKibbon’s Courtyard by Marriott Tampa North.  The Homewood Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport/Westshore joins two other McKibbon properties at Avion Park, the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Tampa Westshore, which opened in June, and the Hilton Garden Inn, which opened in August 2008.
About McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc./McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.
McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc., based in Gainesville, Georgia, is a privately owned enterprise that has grown into a premier real estate developer and owner of nationally franchised hotel brands for Marriott, Hilton and Starwood Hotels.  McKibbon is proud to be a recognized leader for over 82 years in the hospitality industry, and McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc., based in Tampa, Florida, currently operates over 60 mid and upscale brands in 8 states throughout the Southeast.  The company has a rich history and culture that promotes a family oriented environment, while holding true to its core values of honesty, integrity and loyalty.  For more information, visit
About Avion Park Westshore
AVION PARK WESTSHORE is a 19-acre mixed-use development located near the Tampa International Airport, downtown Tampa and Pinellas County at the corner of Spruce and O’Brien Streets in Tampa.  The property is developed by McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc, and managed by McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.
Construction has recently been completed on development infrastructure and three hotels (TownePlace Suites by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton), and will be followed by a 136,000 square-foot Class A owner-occupied office tower (managed by McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.) and a 300,000 square foot Class A leased office building (developed, owned and managed by Highwoods Properties).  Construction has also been completed on a specialty retail shopping center of 21,000 square feet (currently leasing), and four pad sites are available for high-end restaurants and retail to serve the growing Westshore business district.  Retail spaces range from 2,300 – 8,500 square feet.  Along with surface parking, two covered parking decks will accommodate office, hotel and retail customers.
For retail leasing information, please contact Timothy Knight, TriVest Real Estate, LLC at (404) 736-3712.  For office space for lease information, contact Steve Garrity or Laurie Alden, Highwoods Properties, (813) 876-7000.  For more information, visit

Paula MacDonald
Public Relations Director
(813) 472-7390,
(813) 282-1950

Also See: McKibbon Hotel Management Opens the 171 room Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport/Westshore; Stormy McNeil the Opening General Manager / August 2008
McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc. Planning Three Hotels at Avion Park of Westshore, A Mixed Use Project Near Tampa International Airport / August 2005


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