Hammons celebrates Joplin opening

Mr. John Q. Hammons has announced the opening of a four-story, 114-suite Residence Inn by
Marriott Hotel in Joplin, Mo.The new extended-stay hotel, which opened
for guests on March 22, will celebrate its grand opening on Tuesday, April
25th.  Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Joplin Chamber
of Commerce, invited guests will participate in a hotel-wide carnival
benefiting Marriott International’s charity of choice - the Children’s
Miracle Network.  The Residence Inn Joplin offers 880 square feet of
meeting space and is managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons
Hotels, LLC.

Conveniently located near the intersection of U.S. Interstate 44 and State
Highway 77, the Residence Inn Joplin is situated close to The Bridge, a
youth sports complex that is expected to draw up to 2,000 youths per
weekend to the area.  The hotel is the second John Q. Hammons property in
Joplin.  The company also operates the Holiday Inn Hotel Joplin and
Conference Center.

Focusing on the unique needs of the extended-stay guest, the Residence Inn
Joplin’s rooms are designed like apartments and are larger than an
average-size hotel room.  The building models townhouses to make guests
feel they are at home, and each room has a private, fully equipped
kitchen, a feature not offered at other properties in Joplin.  The
property also hosts nightly social events for guests and a weekly
manager’s cook-out on the backyard grill.

“The city of Joplin has experienced impressive growth, economically as
well as culturally, while still maintaining its small-town charm and
history,” said Mr. John Q. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive
officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC.  “I am proud to be able
to offer high-quality accommodations that will contribute to the continued
growth of this community.”

Bert Haifley, general manager of the Residence Inn by Marriott Joplin, who
has been with the company more than 11 years, said, “The need for a new
extended-stay hotel in Joplin is evident.  The city’s phenomenal growth is
creating a demand for more hotel rooms, especially in the extended-stay
segment.  The property offers outstanding accommodations and an
exceptional staff that delivers the superior guest experience John Q.
Hammons Hotels & Resorts upholds.”