John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. (AMEX:JQH) proudly announces that the Renaissance(R) Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center recently received a four diamond rating from the American Automotive Association (AAA). Opening just four months ago, the new $50 million, 300-room hotel is the only property to earn the four diamond rating in Tulsa and is one of three hotels with the rating distinction in Oklahoma. Owned by Mr. John Q. Hammons, the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center is managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. (AMEX:JQH), the nation`s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites.
The AAA diamond ratings are assigned to an exclusive group of properties that successfully complete a thorough evaluation process. The ratings, which range from one diamond to five diamond, represent a combination of overall quality, variety of facilities and level of services offered by a property. The size, age and overall appeal of an establishment, as well as regional architectural style and design are also considered when assigning a diamond rating. Four diamond distinctions are given to upscale properties that offer exceptional accommodations, an extensive array of amenities, and provide a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.
“Receiving AAA`s Four Diamond rating within only four months of our property`s grand opening illustrates our staff`s dedication to superior service and exceptional standards,” said Gordon Rostvold, general manager of the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center. “This award is one of the hospitality industry`s most prestigious honors. We are proud to be Tulsa`s only four diamond hotel and will continue to reinforce John Q. Hammons Hotels` commitment to excellence in the future.”
About Gordon Rostvold : With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Rostvold has served as a general manager for John Q. Hammons Hotels since March 1996. Before joining the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center and assisting in its grand opening, Rostvold was the general manager of the Embassy Suites Hotel(R) Little Rock, which was a recipient of Embassy Suites Hotels` Pinnacle Award for a Top Ten Hotel in 2000. He also served as general manager at the Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza in Texas for three years. As general manager at each property, Rostvold established record financial performance and superior service.
Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center : The Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center provides exceptional service to a discriminating clientele and features rich colors and textures, paying homage to Tulsa`s cattle baron and oil industry roots. Designed with the signature atrium style of John Q. Hammons Hotels, the unique decor of the nine-story hotel is vibrant and inviting. Keeping convenience top-of-mind, the hotel is ideally situated just 10 miles south of the Tulsa International Airport and is easily accessible from Highway 169 and the Creek Turnpike.
The more than 50,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 28,800-square-foot grand ballroom, the largest ballroom in Oklahoma, makes the Renaissance property ideal for a variety of events from lavish weddings and celebrations to corporate meetings and conferences. The hotel`s staff caters to a group`s specialized needs and provides a full range of event planning assistance and catering. The hotel also features a variety of amenities for both business and leisure travelers. Guests can dine at the Cyprus Grille, which is the hotel`s full-service restaurant featuring steak and seafood with a Mediterranean flair, or they can relax at Merlot`s Wine Bar and Lounge. The hotel is complete with a health and fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna.
To make a hotel reservation or to book a group function at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center, contact the sales and catering department at 918-307-2600 or call your travel agent. The Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center also can be booked under the following GDS codes: Amadeus TUBRB, Sabre 16808, Apollo 54074 and Worldspan TULBRBR.
About John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. - Publicly traded on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX:JQH), Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. is the nation`s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites, including: Embassy Suites Hotel, Renaissance, Marriott, Radisson, Residence Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites brands. With 58 hotels strategically located near demand generators, such as state capitals, universities, airports, corporate headquarters or office parks in secondary and tertiary markets, John Q. Hammons Hotels` properties are dominant in their markets. The company`s focus is capitalizing on positive operating fundamentals in the upscale, full-service sector, converting existing hotels to franchise brands and selling mature assets, while reinvesting the proceeds and reducing debt. Over the course of his impressive career in the hotel business, Mr. Hammons has developed 148 hotels.
For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels, please visit the company`s Web site at www.jqhhotels.com.