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Home2 Suites By Hilton® Celebrates Second Property Grand Opening in Layton, Utah

Brand Commemorates Event with Local Business Community and Honors Partner Charity

Layton, UT. (May 3, 2011) – Home2 Suites by Hilton celebrated the official grand opening of the brand’s second U.S. hotel in Layton, UT today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an announcement of a charitable community partnership.  The first Home2 Suites opened in February 2011 in Fayetteville, NC.

Ribbon Cutting
Left to right: Layton Mayor Steve Curtis; Davis County Commissioner John Petroff; Gabe Garn - Home2 Suites Layton; Jessica Brough - Home2 Suites Layton; Dave Webster - Western States Lodging; Andy Pettingill - Western States Lodging; Allan Blood - Summit Lodging; Doug Durbano - Summit Lodging;  Shawna Durbano - Summit Lodging; Dawn Koenig - Home2 Suites by Hilton;  Tarina Macpherson - Lakesiders; Kathi Dysert – Lakesiders.

To commemorate the event, Home2 Suites executives joined Mayor Steve Curtis, representatives from developer and property manager Western States Lodging and Management, owner Summit Lodging and members of the local business community for an afternoon of onsite activities. In addition to the ribbon-cutting, the new property was open for public tours, complete with a patio barbeque and in-room technology demonstrations throughout the hotel.

Also today, Western States Lodging and Management announced that Utah Foster Care Foundation has been selected as the Home2 Suites Your2 Hands local nonprofit partner.  The Layton Home2 Suites will support the nonprofit organization on an ongoing basis through a variety of volunteer, sponsorship and fundraising initiatives.  Home2 Suites executives unveiled custom-made Your2 Hands artwork illustrating the commitment for permanent display within the hotel and presented the Utah Foster Care Foundation with a partner pledge at the event to signify the company’s dedication to the nonprofit.

Presentation of Your2 Hands custom artwork
Left to right: Dawn Koenig- Home2 Suites;  Dave Webster- Western States Lodging;  Kristie Schaefer- UFCF; Gabe Garn- Home2 Suites Layton

“This is a time for us to celebrate more than just the hard work that went into getting the second Home2 Suites up and running,” said David Webster, partner of Western States Lodging and Management. “We’re excited to be making this commitment to the Utah Foster Care Foundation and the many families and children they support every day.”

The partnership with Utah Foster Care Foundation is part of the brand’s Your2 Hands community relations program, which connects Home2 Suites hotels with hometown charities to help support local communities and put into action the brand’s commitment to giving back.  The Utah Foster Care Foundation works to provide a stable and caring environment for foster children by finding, educating and nurturing foster families across the state.  The foundation provides information resources and training programs to parents to help ensure displaced children have access to quality out-of-home care until they can be reunited with their families or placed in a permanent adoptive home.

“Home2 Suites is setting a brand standard for supporting communities with our Your2 Hands program, which highlights what people can do with their two hands to make a difference where they call home.  We believe it’s our responsibility to collaborate with the people, businesses and community groups where we put down roots to build lasting relationships with the community,” said Dawn Koenig, vice president of Brand Performance Support for Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton.  “The Utah Foster Care Foundation is a great organization, making a very real difference in the lives of our children, and we’re honored to play a part in supporting their cause.”

The Layton Home2 Suites is a 107-room, four-story extended-stay hotel with a modern, comfortable design for budget-conscious business and leisure travelers.  Located at 803 West Heritage Park Blvd., the hotel broke ground July 8, 2010 and welcomed its first guests just eight months later in March 2011. The property features outdoor patios and an exercise trail, easy access to technology and bright, inviting community spaces, and includes the trademark amenities standard in all Home2 Suites hotels, such as the Oasis, the in-room working wall and the “Inspired Table” breakfast.

Though the Home2 Suites by Hilton concept was announced only two years ago, the brand already has two properties open with another 63 hotels planned and 40 in the development stage. Five properties are currently under construction and are slated to open in 2011 or early 2012, including San Antonio, TX; Baltimore and Lexington Park, MD; West Valley City, UT and North Charleston, SC. Future properties are slated for many of the nation’s major markets, including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Denver. Home2 Suites is projected to open its 100th property in 2014 and is approved for expansion into Canada and Mexico.

About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, the newest addition to the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, is a mid-tier, extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations, flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest.  As the fastest growing brand in the history of Hilton Worldwide, Memphis, Tenn.-based Home2 Suites offers a complimentary breakfast selection; innovative and customizable guest room design; combination laundry and fitness area; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business center; expansive community spaces; and a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations. For more information about Home2 Suites by Hilton visit  For information on franchising opportunities, visit .

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels.  For 92 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value.  The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands.  Its brands are comprised of more than 3,250 hotels and 600,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.  The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.  For more information about the company, visit

Jennifer Hughes
Manager, Brand Public Relations
Home2 Suites by Hilton
+1 901 374 6053
Andrea Hurst
Crosby~Volmer International Communications
+1 405 487 7721

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