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Thomas Properties Mississippi LLC and Thomas Builders Inc. Break
Ground on 100-suite Home2 Suites by Hilton D'Iberville
in Mississippi

McLean, VA  (July 26, 2011) – Early stages of construction are underway in D’Iberville, MS on one of the latest Home2 Suites by Hilton. This will be the entry of the recently-launched brand into the Mississippi market. The property was the ninth Home2 Suites to break ground since Hilton Worldwide first introduced the brand concept in early 2009, and is slated for completion in June 2012.

Home2 Suites, a mid-tier, all-suite hotel designed with a “hip and humble” approach to extended-stay travel, already has three properties open in Fayetteville, NC, Layton, Utah and Baltimore, MD. The brand has seven hotels under active construction, with 40 in the development stage and plans for more than 50 additional properties in the works. Developed by Thomas Builders Inc., and owned by Thomas Properties Mississippi LLC, the D’Iberville Home2 Suites is located at 3810 Promenade Parkway.

“Home2 Suites D’Iberville is poised for great success,” said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites by Hilton. “This particular hotel is in a phenomenal location, with the property sitting on the Tchoutacabouffa riverfront, just five miles away from the Gulf of Mexico, and in such close proximity to Keesler Air Force Base and several casinos. I expect military travel and local tourism will help drive our extended-stay occupancy rates.”

All Home2 Suites properties are designed to meet the needs of modern business travelers and a younger generation of extended-stay guests, featuring a distinct style of contemporary, comfortable accommodations with an emphasis on flexibility and easy access to technology.

“We are excited to be the first Home2 Suites by Hilton in Mississippi, and also to be able to introduce this brand to our community,” said Darrell Thomas, president of Thomas Properties Mississippi LLC. “It’s a new generation hotel which is something different, and I think people are going to embrace the fun and playful vibe that Home2 gives off. There’s nothing else quite like it in this area.”

“We are proud to welcome such a recognized and respected brand as Hilton to our city,” said D’Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave.  “And as this is one of the first Home2 Suites to be constructed in the U.S.; we are honored that they have chosen D’Iberville to be at the forefront of what we are confident will be a very successful venture. “

The D’Iberville Home2 Suites will be a 5-story, 100-room all-suite hotel and will feature the extensive array of amenities standard at all Home2 Suites properties. Highlights will include an integrated guest laundry and fitness room, a saline pool, a patio and grill, outdoor seating areas, an exercise trail and a bright, inviting indoor community space.

In developing the concept of the brand, the Home2 Suites team found research shows guests in extended-stay situations seek community and connection after several days, even if it means they are singularly working among others in a common space.  To help address that need, all Home2 Suites properties feature an open lobby area with an approximately 4,200-square-foot community space called the “Oasis.”  The Oasis, which includes communal and individual work zones, wireless access, a 52” flat-screen TV and an expansive complimentary continental breakfast service, is designed to encourage a social environment where guests can relax together, research the local area, check e-mail and enjoy an assortment of hospitality resources unrivaled in this segment of the hotel industry.

All guest suites at the new D’Iberville property will include a variety of modern features and amenities, such as the proprietary Home2 Suites “working wall,” which incorporates the kitchen and flexible working space connecting separate living and bedroom zones.  A fully accessorized kitchen will contain a refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, place settings for six, microwave oven and coffee maker, and the media/working zone will feature a queen-size sofa/sleeper, 42” flat-screen TV, roll-around ottoman, ambient task lighting and an iHome alarm clock with iPod port and MP3 jack.  Various pieces of furniture in each of the suites will also be designed to move around, allowing guests to create customized living spaces and adjustable storage options.

The Home2 Suites brand is committed to environmentally conscious practices and has been incorporating a number of sustainable living fixtures and services into all new hotels.  In addition to recycling throughout the hotel, guest suites feature low-flow showers and faucets, biodegradable food trays, compact fluorescent light bulbs, dual-flush toilets, recycled flooring, Energy Star appliances, and carpet and surfaces made from recycled product and other sustainable product selections. Home2 Suites is also rolling out Hilton’s portfolio of brand’s proprietary LightStay system, which measures energy and water use and waste and carbon output at Hilton Worldwide properties around the globe.

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 3,750 hotels and 615,000 rooms in 84 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, 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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