News for the Hospitality Executive
Joint Venture Between American Hotel Development Partners
Glenmont Capital Management, LLC Open the Candlewood Suites
Hotel Columbia/Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Ribbon Cut by Country Music Star Charlie Daniels
|Columbia, South Carolina - October 14, 2008 - Grand Opening
festivities were celebrated this week for the Candlewood Suites Hotel Columbia,
South Carolina, in true Southern style according to Clyde Harris, President
of Harris Hotel Group and American Hotel Development Partners. The event
featured local dignitaries and a ribbon-cutting by country music star Charlie
The brand new all-suite extended stay hotel is a joint venture between American Hotel Development Partners and Glenmont Capital Management, LLC, and is the first Candlewood Suites property to enter the Columbia/Fort Jackson, South Carolina, market. The hotel’s operations, sales and marketing are professionally managed by Harris Hotel Group.
“We are pleased to have Mr. Daniels, an American icon, patriot and true
Southern gentleman, here to cut the ribbon for this property,” remarked
Mr. Harris at the ceremony. “Our primary goal in opening this Candlewood
Suites property is to serve those who honor our country through their service
in our military as well as their families, and we dedicate this hotel today
in the hope that it will provide warmth, shelter and a hospitable environment
to everyone who stays with us in Columbia/Fort Jackson.”
Prior to playing a show for the military based at Fort Jackson as part of his current tour, Charlie Daniels and his band stayed at the Columbia Candlewood Suites. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony Mr. Daniels said that he travels more than 100 days each year and thought the Candlewood concept was “extremely comfortable and a great product,” and that the staff and facilities at the Columbia Candlewood were “fantastic.”
The Grand Opening ceremony also included the commemoration of the first White Oak tree to be planted by InterContinental Hotels Group in honor of Mr. Harris’ son, Clyde J. Harris, IV, a young hotelier who passed away in 2006 after a three year battle with tongue and neck cancer. IHG has committed to donate and plant a White Oak at every IHG hotel its franchise partner, AHDP, develops. A plaque with the history of Clyde's brave fight is being installed in each hotel lobby.
Jimmy Taylor, Corporate Director of Sales for IHG’s Candlewood Suites Brand, was on hand to dedicate the tree in honor of Young Clyde.
“Many of us at IHG have known the Harris family for many years and we are honored to help their family in preserving Clyde's memory,” he said. “The Harris family is part of the IHG family.”
Following the ceremonies, Harris Hotel Group conducted property tours to showcase the three suite types at the property and show off the array of Candlewood amenities. A Fall Harvest theme cocktail party warmed guests and wrapped up the event.
The property tours showcased that guests at the Candlewood Suites, Columbia/Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, can cook meals in their fully equipped kitchen, relax in the overstuffed recliner while watching movies from the hotel’s free movie library. Business travelers work more efficiently utilizing the executive desk with two separate phone lines and free high speed internet. The Candlewood Suites Columbia/Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, also provides guests with a Fitness Center and free Guest Laundry. The fully stocked Candlewood Cupboard provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, as well as sodas, snacks, and ice cream.
For more information on the Candlewood Suites Hotel Columbia/Fort Jackson, American Hotel Development Partners or Harris Hotel Group, please contact Lisa Woodman at 941.918.4000 or email@example.com.
ABOUT THE CANDLEWOOD SUITES COLUMBIA/FORT JACKSON
ABOUT CHARLIE DANIELS
Early in his career Daniels co-wrote “It Hurts Me,” a song which Elvis Presley recorded. He worked as a Nashville session musician, often for producer Bob Johnston, including playing on three Bob Dylan albums during 1969 and 1970, and recordings by Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen. In 1975, he had a top 30 hit as leader of the Charlie Daniels Band with the Southern rock self-identification anthem “The South's Gonna Do It Again.” Subsequent Daniels pop hits included “In America” (#11 in 1980), “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” (#31 in 1980), and “Still in Saigon” (#22 in 1982). In 2005, he made a cameo appearance along with Larry the Cable Guy, Kid Rock, and Hank Williams, Jr. in Gretchen Wilson's music video for the song “All Jacked Up.” In 2006, he appeared with Little Richard, Bootsy Collins, and other musicians as the backup band for Williams' opening sequence to Monday Night Football.
In November 2007, Daniels was invited by Martina McBride to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was inducted by Marty Stuart and Connie Smith during the January 19, 2008 edition of the Opry at the Ryman Auditorium. Daniels now resides in Mount Juliet, TN, where the city has named a park after him. He continues to tour regularly and recently appeared in commercials for UPS in 2001 with other celebrities convincing NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett to race the UPS Truck.
ABOUT HARRIS HOTEL GROUP
AMERICAN HOTEL DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS, LLC
American Hotel Development Partners is focused on the extended-stay hotel sector because of its ability to leverage the expertise of its principals, develop in several of the many existing underserved markets, invest a relatively modest amount of capital, and achieve high cash flow margins. To date, American Hotel Development Partners is actively developing highly attractive, well-located extended-stay hotel assets in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Florida.
ABOUT GLENMONT CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC
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