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Shamin Hotels Opens Hilton Garden Inn and Holiday Inn at Richmond International Airport

HGI and Holiday Inn are first of three new hotels Shamin will open at RIC by spring 2009

November 20, 2008 (Richmond, Va.) -- Shamin Hotels, one of the leading hotel management companies on the East Coast, today announces the opening of two new hotels at Richmond International Airport (RIC); a   Hilton Garden Inn and a Holiday Inn.  These hotels join three other Shamin properties at the airport; a Homewood Suites, a Holiday Inn Express and a Comfort Inn. Shamin Hotels will also open a Hampton Inn at RIC by spring 2009. 

“Richmond International Airport has seen 34 consecutive months of growth,” said Neil Amin, chief executive officer of Shamin Hotels.  “Very few cities the size of Richmond can boast of having non-stop flights to 8 of the 10 largest metropolitan areas in the US.  The airport commission has done a wonderful job in creating a first-class terminal and we hope to support the airport and it’s travelers with high-quality business class hotels.”

“Richmond International Airport welcomes the arrival of the three new Shamin Hotels properties to serve travelers utilizing commercial flight services available from RIC,” said airport president and CEO Jon E. Mathiasen, AAE.  “The addition of a new-construction Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, and Hampton Inn offers valuable new hospitality choices for RIC customers traveling to and from the region.”

The new 80,886 square foot Hilton Garden Inn stands 5 stories tall and features 130 rooms plus a beautiful 2,365 square foot ballroom divisible by three for smaller meetings. The meeting rooms are named after famous aviators from Richmond who made significant contributions to aviation: Howard Baugh, T. Fleetwood Garner, Kenneth Rowe and Spencer Rice.  The Ballroom is named the Aviator Room.

“The Hilton Garden Inn an up-scale, mid priced, focused service hotel that caters to the ambitious and practical traveler,” said Elaine Odom, director of sales for Shamin Hotels.  “Hilton Garden Inn continually strives to ensure today's busy travelers have everything they need to be productive on the road.  At the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport, we have various size meeting rooms and a large ballroom available for conferences and social events, complete with an experienced catering and banquet staff.”

Guest rooms feature the self-adjusting Garden Sleep System® bed, a large work desk with ergonomic Mirra chair by Herman Miller, individual climate control, innovative, easy-to-set alarm clock radio with adaptor for portable music player and a 32” high-definition LCD TV.

Hotel amenities include complimentary wireless & wired high-speed Internet access throughout, an indoor heated pool with hot tub, a fitness center, a 24 hour business center, and a lobby bar with lounge area adjacent to a full service restaurant.  USA TODAY is delivered each weekday morning.

The new full-service Holiday Inn Richmond Airport stands six stories tall with 143 rooms and 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including the largest ballroom in the area.  Holiday Inn, one of the world’s most recognized brands, is currently re-branding itself with a more contemporary design and identity, as well as improved consistency and service levels.  The Holiday Inn Richmond Airport features the latest construction design from Holiday Inn with a modern and attractive facility.  This is only the second in Virginia to feature such a design, the other being located in Colonial Heights – also owned and operated by Shamin Hotels.

In addition to deluxe luxurious rooms and ample meeting and event space, the Holiday Inn also offers a business center, fitness center and heated indoor pool, plus complimentary wireless high speed Internet access.  The Holiday Inn will also feature the upscale 1607 Bistro & Bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

 “Our new Holiday Inn Airport is the perfect place to call home while visiting our state capital,” said Doug Parcells, general manager.   “Our entire staff is eager to serve guests and to provide a memorable visit at our magnificent new hotel. We have all the amenities leisure, business travelers, and meeting attendees need to stay connected 24/7 while being pampered by the team I have personally selected and trained.”

Shamin Hotels is one of the leading hotel management companies on the East Coast, operating more than 20 hotel properties in the Commonwealth.  Shamin Hotels recently opened a Hampton Inn and a Holiday Inn along the picturesque Appomattox River in Colonial Heights and a Courtyard by Marriott at Virginia Center Commons.  Currently Shamin has eighteen additional hotels in development including Richmond’s premiere Hilton Conference Center and Spa in Short Pump that will boast over 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

About Shamin Hotels

Shamin Hotels, based in Richmond, Virginia, is a leading hotel management company with more than 24 lodging properties in the United States. Shamin Hotels is a dynamic, growth-oriented hotel company that owns, operates, and develops commercial business hotels under Hilton, Marriott, InterContinental, and Choice flags.  Shamin Hotels is deeply rooted in the hospitality industry and enjoys a number of advantages that give the company a competitive edge. Its senior management team has more than 100 years of combined experiences. The company has long-standing relationships with the industry's most highly regarded brands and has consistently been recipient of awards from its franchisers. For more information, call 804-777-9000 or visit http://www.shaminhotels.com.

“Shamin hotels has been recognized as a strong hospitality partner with Marriott International. They truly develop and maintain great hotels with the Spirit to Serve every customer.”  Dave Mendis- Marriott International Vice President Lodging Development

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