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WLOSAug 24, 2017

Asheville's Newest High-Rise Hotel is Open

Downtown Asheville's newest hotel had its official ribbon cutting Thursday. McKibbon Hospitality celebrated the opening of AC Hotel on Broadway. Owner John McKibbon touted the hotel's food and beverage program, rooftop bar and local art. McKibbon said the hotel offers employees a chance to move up the socioeconomic ladder.

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Business Observer May 26, 2017

McKibbon Wins Top Marriott Award

McKibbon Hospitality has been awarded Marriott International’s top hospitality manager award, the only company in Florida to receive the designation for 2016. McKibbon also received the award in 1995, the first year Marriott made the designations. The Partnership Circle Award is given annually to only about a dozen companies nationwide that own or manage 10 Marriott hotels or more.

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Tampa Bay Times Mar 27, 2017

McKibbon Hospitality Unveils Revamped Corporate Headquarters

McKibbon Hospitality finished expanding its Tampa headquarters today. The 10,000-square foot office in Avion Park's Westshore business district was constructed and designed by local architects, designers and consultants.

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Tampa Bay Business Journal Feb 06, 2017

Tampa Hotel Management Firm Adds Aloft in Orlando to its Roster

Tampa's McKibbon Hospitality has added the Aloft Orlando Downtown hotel to its management portfolio, expanding its presence in Orlando. McKibbon currently manages three hotels in Orlando, and adds the new Aloft Hotel to its portfolio alongside Aloft Greenville Downtown, Aloft Asheville Downtown, and Aloft Tallahassee Downtown.

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Hotel BusinessDec 16, 2016

McKibbon Hospitality Tops Out Dual-Brand Marriott

McKibbon Hospitality topped out the construction of a 22-story tower at the site above the Epicentre entertainment complex in Charlotte, NC. The structure will host a 184-room AC Hotel, a 116-room Residence Inn, 2,400 sq. ft. of meeting space, a two-bedroom super suite on the rooftop level, an independent rooftop restaurant and bar, as well as restaurant and retail space for lease. It is slated to open in early 2018.

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Press ReleaseNov 30, 2016

McKibbon Hospitality Adds Three More Awards to its Industry Honors List

McKibbon Hospitality announced the addition of three industry awards – Homewood Suites by Hilton “Catch Me at My Best” Award, Homewood Suites by Hilton Spirit Award and the Absolut Bartender Mix Off “Fall for Greenville” bartending competition.

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Garden & Gun May 22, 2018

How a Hotel in Asheville Helps Rescue Dogs

More and more hotels are rolling out the red carpet for canine guests, but one hotel in Asheville has taken pup hospitality to creative new heights, helping a local animal rescue group adopt out dogs to guests and the community. Aloft Asheville Downtown recently marked its 100th dog adoption when the hotel found a forever home for Lolly, a Papillon-Chihuahua mix.

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Tampa Bay Business Journal May 15, 2018

Tampa firm to manage newly purchased Residence Inn by Marriott in downtown

McKibbon Hospitality has been awarded the management contract for the newly purchased and renovated Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa Downtown.

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Meetings and Conventions May 15, 2018

A Toast to Six Hot New Hotel Bars

Hotel bars are the essential go-to spots for deal-making, networking, a solo night cap or to just people watch. Here's one of six new hotel bars that have social media all atwitter! Capella on 9, the rooftop bar at the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown, is a swanky hotspot that offers head-turning mountain views and showcases local musical talent.

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The Virginian Pilot May 14, 2018

Noble Investment Group Acquires Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa Downtown

The newly renovated, all-suite hotel is prominently located in the central business and financial district of the Tampa Bay area. The Residence Inn Tampa Downtown is owned by Noble Investment Group and managed by McKibbon Hospitality, a leading hotel development and management group headquartered in Tampa's Avion Park.

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PR NewswireMay 14, 2018

Noble Investment Group Acquires Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa Downtown

Noble Investment Group ("Noble") today announced the acquisition of the Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa Downtown. The newly renovated, all-suite hotel is prominently located in the central business and financial district of the Tampa Bay area. The property is managed by McKibbon Hospitality, a leading hotel development and management group headquartered in Tampa's Avion Park.

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Mountain XpressMay 08, 2018

100th Dog Adopted through Aloft Asheville Downtown

Lolly, a Papillon Chihuahua mix, went home today with the Hultin family from Flat Rock, marking the 100th dog to find its forever home through the foster dog program at Aloft Asheville Downtown, a McKibbon Hospitality property.

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American Towns Apr 26, 2018

Asheville Cocktail Week 2018

Cocktail week features trainings and seminars, pairing dinners, spirit tastings, cocktail parties, and cocktail competitions. AC Hotel Asheville's Capella on 9 will feature the US Bartenders Guild Meeting.

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Mountain XpressApr 24, 2018

Small Bites: Asheville Cocktail Week Mixes Things Up

Collaboration is key at the third annual Asheville Cocktail Week. The weeklong gathering brings together local, national and international talents from the distillery and mixology industries. Along with workshops and seminars, the festival will also feature plenty of dinner pairings and bar takeovers. AC Hotel's Capella on 9 will be included.

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The Gainesville Times Apr 20, 2018

Gainesville Veteran, Businessman joins Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame

On Saturday, April 28, McKibbon will be recognized for a history of flying, from bombers in World War II to planes for his business travel, with his induction in the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.

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Fox10Apr 18, 2018

Toy Drive helping continue fallen Officer Justin Billa's tradition

A truck load of toys times two - each one donated in honor of fallen Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa. For the last month, Hampton Inn & Suites (McKibbon Hospitality), Springhill Toyota, and McConnell Automotive have been collecting the toys. The drive started after they heard of Officer Billa's tradition of handing out toys to kids he encountered on his patrols - toys he bought with his own money.

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Trimm Travels Apr 17, 2018

An Asheville Food Tour: 10 Fun Places to Eat + Where to Stay

More and more in my travels, I’m discovering that destinations are really upping their game when it comes to their food scene. Asheville is no exception. Food isn’t what first comes to mind when I think of Asheville, but my Asheville food tour showed me that this North Carolina city definitely has it going on!

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Travel PulseApr 17, 2018

The Music and Arts Scene Worth Traveling For

Music and art aficionados, your next travel destination needs to be Asheville, North Carolina. Live music can be found at a number of restaurants and bars all week long. One particularly fun place to jam out to live music is Capella on 9, the rooftop restaurant and bar at the AC Hotel. Sip on signature cocktails, feast on delicious food and soak in the beautiful views of downtown.

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Charlotte Magazine Apr 16, 2018

Uptown Hotel Tower to Feature Work of 17 Local Artists

The works of 17 local artists will be part of the upcoming Charlotte City Center Tower, intended for walls and exteriors of the AC Hotel and Residence Inn, Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo, and a rentable penthouse suite. The unprecedented art program from McKibbon Hospitality comes from a partnership with Paul Picarazzi of Vision Ventures and North Carolina-based art consultant Liz L. Barr of Art Resources.

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Asheville Citizen-Times Apr 13, 2018

U.S. News: Asheville hotel has one of best rooftop bars in the world

This mountain city has exploded with rooftop bars, owing in part to a proliferation of hotels offering sky-high views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was only a matter of time before national press outlets took notice.

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MeetingsNetApr 10, 2018

Asheville, N.C., to Welcome New Meeting Hotels, Event Spaces

New hotels are opening in this tourist destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and existing hotels are expanding their meeting space. Recent investments in hotels and meeting space are making it an attractive city for meeting planners. Last year the 132-room AC Hotel and 136-room Cambria Downtown Asheville debuted in the city, and two more upscale meeting hotels are scheduled to open in 2018. The Hotel Arras will open late in the year in Asheville’s tallest building.

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