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Towneplace Suites by Marriott Tampa Westshore/Airport Presented
 with Marriott's Select Service Opening Hotel of the Year Award

(TAMPA, FL – 05/21/09) McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc. of Tampa, Florida is pleased to announce that the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Tampa Westshore/Airport has been selected by Marriott International as the Opening Hotel of the Year at the recent 2009 Marriott Select Service Hotel Owner’s Conference, held in Orlando, Florida.
Opened in June 2008, the 122-suite property is located at Avion Park Westshore, the colorful new mixed-use development located across the street from Tampa International Airport, at the corner of Spruce and O’Brien Streets.  Marriott recognized the property for its unique style, including non-prototypical architecture, inviting earth tone palette and spectacular 100 foot long curving lap pool.  The property was designed by Lindsay Pope Brayfield & Associates of Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Additionally, McKibbon’s construction and opening team was recognized as a critical component for the success of the project.  Vice President of Construction Erik Rowen was instrumental in completing the hotel’s construction on-schedule, through a close partnership with general contractor Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc. of Sarasota, Florida.  The hotel was opened with zero attachments, meaning that no corrections were necessary, thanks to an experienced opening team, led by Karl Oates, Director of Operations Support, Heather Reinholtz, Director of Hotel Openings & E-Commerce Sales and Abel Bohorquez, General Manager of the property. 
Geared toward the mid-priced extended stay business traveler and weekend leisure segment, the TownePlace Suites Tampa Westshore/Airport has experienced steady occupancy rates since opening, despite the downturn in the economy. 
“We have been very pleased with the ramp-up that this hotel has experienced since opening last summer,” explained Vann Herring, Chief Executive Officer and President of McKibbon Hotel Management.  “The competitive offering of the brand, combined with the fabulous airport location and unique features of the property have allowed this hotel to be competitive, even in our challenging market.”
The TownePlace Suites Tampa Westshore/Airport is located at 5302 Avion Park Drive, and features studio, one and two-bedroom floor plans, with separate areas for living, working and sleeping.  Each suite has a fully-equipped kitchen, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access and flat screen high-definition television.  The hotel is pet friendly, and also features complimentary airport shuttle service. 
For more information about the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Tampa Westshore/Airport, visit or call (813) 282-1081.
About McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.
McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc., based in Tampa, Florida, is a privately owned enterprise that has grown into a premier franchisee for Marriott, Hilton and Starwood hotels.  McKibbon is proud to be a recognized leader for over 83 years in the hospitality industry, and 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

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

McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.

Also See: Vann Herring Promoted to to Chief Executive Officer and President of of McKibbon Hotel Management / March 2009

McKibbon Hotel Group Opens Third Hotel at Avion Park Westshore, the 144 suite Homewood Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport/Westshore / December 2008


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