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We love sharing our success stories, new developments and upcoming projects with the world. This is where you’ll find our recent press releases, media coverage and stories we just can’t keep to ourselves. It’s also where members of the press can get ahold of us to help meet their deadlines, consult a hospitality industry expert or inquire about one of our recent or upcoming initiatives.

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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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Hotel News Now Oct 13, 2016

McKibbon's Hassen on 2016 Highlights, Current Projects

McKibbon Hospitality President Randy Hassen sat down with Hotel News Now at The Lodging Conference to talk about company highlights from 2016 and projects he’s looking forward to.

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Citizen-TimesSep 27, 2016

Hotelier Offers $1 Million Loan for Eagle Market Place

Hotelier John McKibbon will loan Eagle Market Place $1 million interest-free, providing a cash infusion intended to give the long-delayed project some momentum. The downtown development includes subsidized apartments, and McKibbon said his contribution reflects a commitment to easing Asheville's affordable housing crisis.

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Business ObserverJul 15, 2016


The rebranding effort has already been a two-year process that includes a significant investment. It spans from updating office space to improving ways of sharing the company’s culture to advertising for additional business. “It’s a new platform for us to grow on; we already had a great foundation,” Hassen says.

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Tampa Bay Times Mar 27, 2017

McKibbon Hospitality Unveils Revamped Corporate Headquarters

McKibbon Hospitality, a hotel management and development company, finished expanding its Tampa headquarters Monday. The 10,000-square foot office in Avion Park's Westshore business district was constructed and designed by local architects, designers and consultants. Its chairs and tables, for example, were custom-designed by BUILT, a furniture design studio in Tampa.

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Press ReleaseMar 23, 2017

McKibbon Hospitality Announces Completion of Corporate Office Expansion at Avion Park

McKibbon Hospitality, an award-winning leader in the hotel development and management industry, announced today that it has completed its corporate office expansion in Avion Park’s Westshore business district in Tampa. The expansion complements McKibbon’s ongoing evolution, recent company rebrand, and vision to grow its hotel development, management and renovation divisions. McKibbon worked with a team of local architects, designers and consultants to implement cutting-edge features that make the space truly unique.

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Tallahassee DemocratMar 06, 2017

Aloft Launches Foster Dog Program with Humane Society

Aloft Tallahassee Downtown has launched a foster dog program with local partner Leon County Humane Society. Through the new program, Aloft will work with LCHS to foster dogs in need of a forever home, housing one dog at a time who can be adopted by hotel guests and visitors.

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AshVegas Feb 18, 2017

Hotels Will Lead Next Wave of Downtown Asheville Restaurant Openings

There’s a new wave of downtown restaurants in the works, driven by the booming construction of downtown hotels. Two restaurants at The Arras and one restaurant/bar at the AC Hotel: These are packaged together because both hotel projects are led by John McKibbon of McKibbon Hospitality, and because McKibbon has already tapped Asheville restaurateurs Peter and Martha Pollay as his partners in opening up the restaurants/bars.

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AshVegas Feb 15, 2017

Asheville City Council Puts Brakes on Hotel Development with New Rules

With the construction of big hotels booming across town, Asheville City Council finally voted Tuesday night to approve new restrictions on large hotel construction.The hope is that more communication will lead to more deals like the one struck in January between City Council and hotelier John McKibbon, who came before elected officials seeking approval of his major remodeling of the former BB&T building into a boutique hotel, condos and restaurant and retail space. McKibbon promised living-wage jobs for full-time workers in his hotel and gave $250,000 to the city’s affordable housing trust fund.

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Mountain XpressFeb 12, 2017

Council to Vote on Tightening Downtown Development Rules

The conversation about proposed changes aimed at giving City Council more oversight of downtown development projects and hotels has heated up as Council prepares to vote on new rules at its Tuesday, Feb. 14 meeting.

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Tampa Bay TimesJan 25, 2017

TGH Circus Night

Chairwomen Teale Smith and Mary Taggart were happy to host many sponsors, including McKibbon Hospitality and Taggart Properties, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, and the Lightning Foundation, at Tampa General Hospital Foundation's 26th annual patrons' party, Night at the Circus, helping net about $240,000 for TGH Children's Medical Center.

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Charlotte AgendaDec 30, 2016

20 Most Anticipated Restaurant and Bar Concepts Coming to Charlotte in 2017

The Charlotte restaurant, bar, coffee and brewery scene continues to explode and it’s shaping up to be another huge year of openings in 2017.

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Citizen-Times Dec 24, 2016

Asheville Downtown Hotel Boom to Break $187M

Everyone knows the city's hotel boom is big. But here’s a number to contemplate: $187 million. That’s at least how much will be spent on downtown hotel building from 2009-18, a decade's worth of construction that includes the Great Recession. Asheville follows a national trend of increased hotel building, particularly in urban cores. But the city also stands out, said Daniel Kunimoto, an analyst with CoStar, a company that studies the commercial real estate market.

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Charlotte AgendaDec 16, 2016

Nine Views from the Tallest Hotel in Charlotte

The developers behind a massive hotel complex going on top of the Epicentre announced Thursday that they've set the final steel beam in place. In time, this will become a 184-room AC hotel, a 166-room Residence Inn, 2,400 square feet of meeting space, a rooftop restaurant and bar. And at 320 feet, it will be the tallest building in Charlotte.

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Charlotte Business Journal Dec 15, 2016

Dual-Branded Marriott Hotel Atop Charlotte's Epicentre hits Construction Milestone

The 22-story, dual-branded hotel project atop four stories of the Epicentre in uptown Charlotte celebrated a construction milestone when the final steel beam was hoisted and put into place on Thursday. Along with Vision Ventures, Tampa, Fla-based McKibbon Hospitality is developing two Marriott flags: a 184-room AC Hotel and a 116-room Residence Inn that are on track to deliver in early 2018.

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The Charlotte ObserverDec 15, 2016

A New Hotel Tower Atop the Epicentre is Taking Shape

The unfinished hotel atop uptown's Epicentre entertainment complex was once a symbol of the city's Great Recession hangover. But now the project is about a year away from opening. Hotel operator partnered with Vision Ventures to develop the new hotel. Work started on the 20-story tower in January, with completion planned for early 2018.

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Citizen-Times Dec 15, 2016

10 Local Artists Featured at New Downtown Hotel

The new AC hotel in downtown Asheville will feature the work of 10 local and regional artists in its public spaces, guestrooms, and suites. McKibbon Hospitality recently announced the 10 picks, mentioning the company's commitment to bringing local flair to the hotel by celebrating Asheville's art community.

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Hotel Management Dec 13, 2016

Tampa Hampton Inn Opens for Business

McKibbon Hospitality, a Tampa, Fla.-based hotel development, management and renovations company, opened its newest hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Avion Park Westshore. Located at 5329 Avion Park Drive in the heart of the Westshore business district and across from Tampa International Airport. This newest hotel is one of four hotels in Avion Park, all developed and managed by McKibbon Hospitality.

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News-PressDec 12, 2016

Bonita Springs Homewood Suites Unveils $2.5m Makeover

A 15-year-old Bonita Springs hotel that wants to be travelers’ home-away-from-home is entering winter high season with a new, bright contemporary look. McKibbon Hospitality, a hotel developer, operator and renovations company based in Tampa and Gainesville, Ga., recently completed $2.5 million in renovations to the Homewood Suites by Hilton just off U.S. 41 at 8901 Highland Woods Blvd.

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