GATLINBURG, Tenn., May 27, 2015 – Hospitality Solutions, Inc., a Gatlinburg based hotel development and management company, is raising the stakes in the Sevier County lodging industry again with the construction of a Courtyard by Marriott®. Hospitality Solutions in a joint venture development with M. Gibson Hotels Group is developing the new hotel at 315 Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road in downtown Gatlinburg at the Convention Center, with an opening date set for late July 2015. The 17 million dollar project is being built by Sevierville-based D&S Builders; which specializes in commercial properties and has built numerous hotels, commercial properties and financial institutions throughout Tennessee and the Southeast.

This property will provide an upscale lodging choice with innovative design and flexible space that tailors to the needs of today's travelers.

The venture’s recipe for success is based on an engaged ownership/investor group that lend a vast amount of support and additional industry expertise; a design team that are all experts in their industry but also bring an understanding and experience specifically with hospitality that add high value to the final product; and a combination of two management teams that have a record of high level success and specific market expertise. The design team of Trotter & Associates and D&S Builders have put together a modern building with some customized mountain elements to connect it to Gatlinburg that is well designed for travelers.

“We are most excited about this project because of the close proximity to the Gatlinburg Convention Center.” said Hospitality Solutions CEO, Logan Coykendall. “The Gatlinburg Convention Center and the Mills Conference Center are both excellent facilities that generate great demand in the Gatlinburg market.” With the property’s location next to the Gatlinburg Convention Center and Mills Conference Center the owners hope to provide an anchor hotel for convention groups and give the Convention Center Sales team additional upscale lodging options right next door. “There is fantastic positive growth, redevelopment and improvements happening in Gatlinburg and throughout Sevier County. The Rocky Top Sportsworld has generated new demand for Gatlinburg visitation and the expansions to Dollywood and the new Cal Ripkin project in Pigeon Forge will create more growth to the area as well; and of course The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has always been our foundation with over 10 million in visitation in 2014. With all those and many more great things happening in the area we still believe we have found the best location for our Courtyard by Marriott, next to the Gatlinburg Convention Center, downtown Gatlinburg and the National Park; we are very eager about this project and all it has to offer area travelers.”

The Courtyard by Marriott Gatlinburg itself will provide over two-thousand five hundred square feet of meeting space and on-site catering capability, which will have state of the art audio visual equipment with wireless capabilities and premium sound system.

Michael Gibson, President of M. Gibson Hotel Group “Our team is thrilled to be included in this joint venture project with the Hospitality Solutions team for many reasons. It is a great project, location, brand, design and ownership team, and our first project in the Gatlinburg market which is a great market and community to be in.”

“We feel this property will offer the perfect accommodations for both those traveling to Gatlinburg for conventions and those traveling to the area for the downtown Gatlinburg fun, the National Park and the rest that Sevier County has to offer.” says Davy Thomas, Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Hospitality Solutions, Inc. “An upscale product, spacious rooms, family suites, balconies with great views, great indoor and outdoor common space, with food and drink offering all day and location with easy access to all Gatlinburg downtown activities will provide an exceptional lodging choice for travelers.”

The Courtyard by Marriott at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, Downtown is slated to open late July 2015 and will offer 130 guest rooms and luxurious suites. The property will be located on Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road in Downtown Gatlinburg, across the street from the Gatlinburg Convention Center and Mills Conference Center and very close to two entrances to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well as being located in the downtown walking district with an easy walk to the main Parkway. The property will be 100% non-smoking and features an innovative lobby space as well as Courtyard’s latest contemporary room design. The new hotel provides flexibility and choices that allow guests to optimize and elevate their travel experience. Courtyard constantly researches trends and evolves to meet the changing needs of its guests. The latest room design offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping, relaxing and getting ready. Indirect lighting and a neutral, tone-on-tone color palette makes for a soothing and calm environment. The property will feature a spacious outside courtyard area with fire pits and ample space for outdoor gathering. There will be an extra large outdoor hot tub area to compliment the indoor pool. The lobby features The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect®, offering casual, flexible seating; easy access to food and high quality, healthy menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer so guests can unwind. Another lobby feature will be a relaxing unique fireplace area and a separate upscale bar area for guests who want evening refreshments and atmosphere.

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to business travelers,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president, Modern Essentials and Extended Stay Brands. “Today’s technology has changed how people travel. Our guests want a room that has purpose and
flexibility that enables a seamless transition between relaxing and working. Courtyard is designed to offer them a relaxing and functional space to work the way they want to, when they want to.”

The new room design is intuitive and thoughtful, offering flexible yet comfortable spaces that enable technology. Signature furniture and architectural elements replace traditional art in the new guestroom. The “LoungeAround” sofa offers a pop of color and a comfortable area for relaxing or for working. The new design also features a light desk on wheels, allowing guests to work from anywhere in the room. An upgraded, more spacious layout creates an enhanced bathroom experience. A “Shower Nook” housing shampoos and towels, makes amenities accessible without having to leave the shower.

Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 30 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal are conveniently located by side exits. Sustainability is a part of the Hospitality Solutions’ culture,” says Davy Thomas, “and we plan to bring our intimate knowledge of sustainability programs and utilize the most effective ones, like energy efficient water heating, water conservation and recycling to this property.”

Booking now at www.marriott.com/gtlcy or call: 1-800-321-2211

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GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE, January 12, 2015 – Hospitality Solutions, Inc., a Gatlinburg based hotel management company, and the Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg are proud to announce that Cornelia Dobbins, the hotel’s General Manager, was selected for the Barbara Bejan General Manager of the Year for 2014 for the entire Hilton Garden Inn Brand worldwide. Hilton Garden Inn Brand is comprised of over 600 hotels in 19 countries. Cornelia accepted the award at a ceremony January 11th at the Hilton Garden Inn brand conference in Orlando. She was presented the award on stage from Jim Holthouser, Executive Vice President Global Brands, Hilton Worldwide and Adrian Kurre, Global Head Hilton Garden Inn to a standing ovation from the 2,000 brand attendees and Hilton Worldwide community.

Cornelia Dobbins,

Jim Holthouser, Executive Vice President Global Brands, Hilton Worldwide Cornelia Dobbins, General Manger Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg, TN. Adrian Kurre, Global Head Hilton Garden Inn.“I am totally shocked!” says Cornelia Dobbins an 18 year hotel veteran. Cornelia worked as a Director of Sales in Johnson City, TN prior to her relocating to take the General Manager position at the Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg in August of 2011. “This is a collective award that belongs to our management company, who gives me incredible support and provides a culture of service and excellence, the hotel team; who does all the heavy lifting and hard works every day, and finally the ownership, who continually invest back into the property and employees. We all really appreciate the Hilton Garden Inn Brand for this recognition and honor.”

The award places Cornelia as the top leader selected from 600 hotels worldwide. This award is presented to the General Manager of an exceptional hotel that demonstrates ultimate leadership in all areas of the hotel, outstanding personal performance as well as going above and beyond brand expectations. Specifically, her award included examples of excellence in revenue strategies and production, market performance, service delivery, and overall guest satisfaction. Cornelia has volunteered her time on brand related programs, including as a member of the General Manager Advisory Council. In addition; prior to winning the award Cornelia was asked to represent the brand as a presenter for a Hotel Management webinar on “Advancing Your Green Profile”. Her leadership is evident in the community where she serves on several boards; including the Gatlinburg Visitor and Conventions Bureau and the Gatlinburg Hospitality Association. Furthermore, she and her hotel team volunteer time for several non-profit organizations and events within her community. Cornelia’s biggest success is her ability to balance work and family life. She and her husband, Scott, have three beautiful children—Jace, Justin and Jada. Her example of complete life balance: work excellence, community and brand involvement and leadership, and fulfilling family life place her at the top of the brand and industry.

Logan Coykendall, CEO of Hospitality Solutions, Inc., stated; “There are many worthy candidates in this great brand but I cannot imagine anyone more deserving than Cornelia. Any one of her accomplishments and involvements would make her worthy of consideration, but collectively all of her achievements make her an outstanding representative for this honor and an inspiration for all business leaders. This award is a tribute to our company, our Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg team of employees and ownership but most of all it is a tribute to Cornelia’s leadership, hard work, dedication, and outstanding character.”

Davy Thomas, COO of Hospitality Solutions, Inc. stated; “The Hilton Garden Inn Brand is a phenomenal hotel brand. It has won 11 JD Power awards for Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upscale Hotel Chains which makes the magnitude of this award really overwhelming for all of us. To think that Cornelia has been given an award as the top leader within a worldwide brand that has received top honors for service and performance within its own hotel segment. To be considered the best of the best is extremely flattering and humbling. We have always known and try to recognize Cornelia’s great contributions, but it is a great affirmation when an international company like Hilton Worldwide comes to the same conclusions.”

Guests of Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg enjoy the brand’s signature Garden Sleep System featuring the Serta Perfect Sleeper Pillow Top mattress, Keurig coffee maker, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hours business center, state-of-the-art Precor fitness center and the Garden Grille and Bar, a full-service restaurant and bar offering full cooked-to-bar breakfast, dinner, cocktails* and evening room service. Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & Miles® and No Blackout Dates For more information or to make reservations for Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg Downtown, please visit the hotel website or call +1 865 436 0048

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The Historic Gatlinburg Inn received the Community History Award from the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS). The ETHS annual Awards of Excellence were presented at the organization’s Annual Meeting on May 6, 2014 at the East Tennessee History Center in downtown Knoxville. Each year the society recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation, programming and interpretation of the region’s history.  These awards have been presented annually since 1982.

The Inn received the Community History Award for preserving the history of Gatlinburg. Built in 1937 by R. L. Maples, Sr. this historic inn remains in the hands of the Maples descendants and is the oldest lodging facility in Gatlinburg. It was the first home of the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce, the town’s first bank and newspaper and was featured in the 1970 movie, “A Walk in the Spring Rain,” starring Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn.

Mr. Allen Barker, who accepted the award on behalf of all the owners of the Inn, thanked the East Tennessee Historical Society for the award.  He also thanked the city leaders of Gatlinburg for their support on the preservation of this historic property, the staff of the hotel and Hospitality Solutions and, especially, the many guests without whom Gatlinburg Inn would not have thrived since 1937.

The Gatlinburg Inn was built in 1937 by R.L. Maples Sr., whose family had moved from the nearby Sugarlands after selling their property to the National Park Service for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which fully opened in 1940.

The Inn went through several expansions and a remodeling in the early 1960s to its present alpine motif. The hotel’s David Crockett Tavern was one of the finest restaurants in Gatlinburg. The property includes the 60-year-old Sky Lift, an iconic feature of the area.

When Rel Maples died in 1985, his widow, Wilma Maples, continued to operate the Inn and to play an important role in the civic life and philanthropy of the area. When she died in December 2011, the Knoxville News-Sentinel called her “the grande dame of Gatlinburg.” The roses that she planted for Rel in the 1950s still adorn the grounds.

Wilma Maples left her half of the property to her sisters and/or their surviving children. The other half was inherited by the descendants of Rel Maples and his first wife, Ruby. The heirs could have sold the property, 2.2 acres in the middle of one of America’s greatest tourism towns, for a large sum, but they realized that anyone paying such a price would tear it down. That gave them common ground to overcome greed, suspicion and longtime alienation to form a partnership that has not only kept the Inn operating but has expanded its season, added amenities and begun an internal remodeling project that will maintain the character of the Inn while bringing it up to modern standards.

The Inn’s grand reopening in 2013 featured entertainment from Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top Express, with the sons of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant in the audience. It hosted part of the Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival that summer and will be the headquarters hotel for the event in 2014.

The Inn is currently under the management of Hospitality Solutions, Inc., whose president, Logan Coykendall, remarked “I’ve been in the Gatlinburg business community for most of my life and am very honored and excited about being involved in the preservation and enhancement of such a unique and historic property.”


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