Hammons gives Concord a grand opening

Mr. John Q.
Hammons and the city of Concord, N.C. are celebrating the official
opening of the new $60-million, 308-suite Embassy Suites Hotel
Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa.The hotel has an adjoining Concord Convention Center with 80,000 gross square feet of
meeting space.  Owned by Mr. Hammons, the development represents the first
full-service hotel and convention center in Concord, and Mr. Hammons’
fifth hotel in North Carolina.  Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons
Hotels & Resorts, LLC will manage the hotel and convention center.

More than 800 honored guests and local dignitaries attended the
celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony and festivities at the hotel featuring
Concord Mayor Scott Padgett; Mr. John Q. Hammons, founder, chairman and
chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC; and Mr.
Terry Crawford, general manager of the Embassy Suites Hotel
Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa.

“The Charlotte-Concord area is exploding with growth and opportunity, and
we?re proud to contribute to the ongoing development by bringing an
all-suites hotel and convention center to the market,” Mr. Hammons said.

The first-class hotel and convention center overlook the area’s premier
municipal course at Rocky River Golf Club, also managed by John Q. Hammons
Hotels & Resorts, LLC, and are in close proximity to the popular Concord
Mills Mall and NASCAR hot-spot Lowe’s Motor Speedway.  The Embassy Suites
Hotel Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa was recently named the official
hotel of the Lowe’s Motor Speedway and next week will host more than 200
media members as part of the speedway’s NASCAR NEXTEL Media Tour to
kick-start the new racing season.

“We are so pleased to celebrate the opening of the Concord Convention
Center and Embassy Suites Resort,” said Concord Mayor Scott Padgett. “This
is a piece of the tourism pie that we have been missing. The facility
allows us to welcome even more visitors to our city for years to come.”

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“The hotel’s unique offerings such as, Caffeina’s Internet CafĂ© and Spa
Botanica, make the Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa
appealing to both business and leisure travelers, as well as locals. These
features, combined with the quality service of our staff, provide an
exceptional guest experience,” said Terry Crawford, general manager of the
Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa.
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