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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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Mountain XpressOct 03, 2017

Trio of Local Businesses Plan Benefit for Buncombe County Families

Children First/Communities In Schools (Children First/CIS) of Buncombe County is pleased to announce an upcoming fundraiser presented by Asheville Lifestyle and United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) and hosted by McKibbon Hospitality to benefit area children and their families.

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The Orlando Date Night GuideOct 03, 2017

Three Perfect Days in Asheville

Tucked into the palm of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the tiny town of Asheville, NC never ceases to amaze visitors looking for an action packed getaway in an unforgettable setting. From zip lining to hiking to white water rafting, Asheville’s adventure offerings are as seemingly endless as its options for amazing farm-to-fork dining.

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HospitalityNet Sep 29, 2017

Industry Update: Denise Kauble

McKibbon Hospitality is pleased to announce the promotion of Denise Kauble to regional director of sales and marketing. In her new role, Kauble will oversee sales and marketing for a large portfolio of McKibbon’s hotels, including seven properties in the Tampa Bay area.

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Travel Freak Sep 18, 2017

Asheville, North Carolina: Outdoor Adventure Mecca of the United States

There is something about Asheville—the surrounding mountains, the local culture, the art, and the progressive nature of the community.

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Hotel Management Sep 10, 2017

Hotel's Art Enhances Entire Brand Image

In a hotel, art is never just something to see. When used properly, artwork becomes an integral part of the guest experience, enhancing not just the design narrative, but the entire brand image. John McKibbon, company founder of McKibbon Hospitality, works with art consultant Liz Barr to select custom pieces for each of the company’s 80+ hotels, so that each property has work from approximately 12 local artists each.

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Hotel Management Sep 08, 2017

In advance of Hurricane Irma, hotel companies prepare for the worst

Randy Hassen, president of hotel management at McKibbon Hospitality, stated the company has approximately 30 properties throughout Florida and several along the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, all of which are on high alert ahead of Irma’s arrival.

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The Laurel of Asheville Aug 30, 2017

Asheville Area Arts Council to Host Art Exhibit and Annual Color Ball

September is a busy time for the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC), which will be hosting two major events this month. A Flamenco Nights pre-party will be held at the AC Hotel, with musical entertainment by the Juan Benavides Quartet and catering from Capella on 9.

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Asheville Business Blog Aug 29, 2017

Asheville's Hotels Help Bring Sweet Dreams to Life with Huge Anti-Hunger Initiative

McKibbon Hospitality's AC Hotel Asheville Downtown and Aloft Asheville Downtown participated in a major month-long collaboration to help feed the thousands of families that face hunger every day across Western North Carolina.

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Asheville Lifestyle Magazie Aug 28, 2017

September 2017 Around Town

Last month marked the opening of the much awaited AC Hotel Asheville Downtown, which McKibbon Hospitality celebrated with previews of Capella on 9 and a ribbon cutting. This new lifestyle hotel features 132 guestrooms, public spaces for informal meetings and collaboration with free Wi-Fi, 2,000 square feet of meeting space that can be divided into two separate rooms and a 9th floor rooftop bar and tapas concept, Capella on 9. The hotel also celebrates local artists by displaying the work of 10 regional artists of all different mediums.

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Mountain XpressAug 28, 2017

AC Hotel Holds Opening Ceremony

AC Hotel Downtown Asheville celebrated its official opening on Aug. 24 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by McKibbon Hospitality Chairman John McKibbon and partner Glenn Wilcox Sr., chairman of Tower Associates. Members of McKibbon Hospitality, AC Hotel Asheville management team, Visit Asheville and the Asheville Chamber took part in the celebration.

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TulsaCWAug 24, 2017

Blue Ridge Fall Color Forecast: Ideal Conditions for 'Vibrant 2017' + Big Fall News in Asheville

Biologists and NOAA weather experts are citing ideal conditions for a healthy and bright 2017 fall color show across the Blue Ridge Mountains and Asheville, an area known for one of the longest and most colorful fall foliage seasons in the world.

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TulsaCWAug 24, 2017

Blue Ridge Fall Color Forecast: Ideal Conditions for 'Vibrant 2017' + Big Fall News in Asheville

Biologists and NOAA weather experts are citing ideal conditions for a healthy and bright 2017 fall color show across the Blue Ridge Mountains and Asheville, an area known for one of the longest and most colorful fall foliage seasons in the world.

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WTVMAug 24, 2017

Blue Ridge Fall Color Forecast: Ideal Conditions for ‘Vibrant 2017’ + Big Fall News for Asheville

New Hotels for Fall: Just opened, the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown (a boutique brand by Marriott) is home to Capella on 9, a new rooftop restaurant and bar with 360-degree views of mountains and city landmarks.

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DMN Newswire! Aug 24, 2017

Blue Ridge Fall Color Forecast: Ideal Conditions for 'Vibrant 2017' + Big Fall News in Asheville

Just opened, the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown (a boutique brand by Marriott) is home to Capella on 9, a new rooftop restaurant and bar with 360-degree views of mountains and city landmarks.

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Good Morning America Aug 24, 2017

AC Hotel in Asheville, Ribbon Cutting

Live footage of AC Hotel Asheville Downtown Ribbon Cutting

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