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New Dual Branded Hilton Garden Inn® and Homewood Suites by Hilton™ Shreveport/ Bossier City Announce New Staff Additions

October 26, 2012  |  This information originated in American English.
 

BOSSIER CITY, La. - The dual branded Hilton Garden Inn® and Homewood Suites by HiltonTM Shreveport/ Bossier City owned and operated by RT Bossier Hotel Partners, LLC., today announced that Ray Ferland has been appointed general manager of the new dual branded hotel located at 2015 Old Minden Road.  The hotel is currently under construction and scheduled to open in December 2012.  The Hilton Garden Inn boasts 177 rooms, and the Homewood Suites by Hilton features 114 suites.  As general manager, Ferland will direct all areas of the hotel's operations, including guest services, sales and marketing efforts, and hotel administration.

"Based on Ray's outstanding record in hotel management, we are confident that he will be instrumental in ensuring the success of this new dual branded hotel," said Ken Thompson, Senior VP of Dimension Development Company, Inc.  "Ray will be a strong asset to this new property as we gear up for its opening."

Prior to joining the dual branded Hilton Garden Inn® and Homewood Suites by HiltonTM Shreveport/ Bossier City, Ferland was the general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott on the Louisiana Boardwalk, and also served as general manager of the Holiday Inn Bossier from 1993 until the closing in June 2011.  Ferland is a graduate of Providence College in Providence, RI with a degree in Business Administration.  He is on the Board of Directors for the Shreveport/ Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and the Shreveport Bossier Hotel and Lodging Association, as well as the planning committee for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held annually in Bossier City. 

Sandra Haynes has also been named director of sales for the new dual branded hotel. Before coming to the Hilton Garden Inn® and Homewood Suites by HiltonTM Shreveport/ Bossier City, Haynes was director of sales and regional director of sales and marketing for properties under the Hampton Inn®, Homewood Suites by HiltonTM, and Holiday Inn brands. 

In addition, Ben Martinez has been named assistant general manager.  Martinez, a certified extended-stay specialist, has held leadership roles at both the Homewood Suites by HiltonTM New Orleans and most recently, the Homewood Suites by HiltonTM Savannah, Georgia.

Situated just minutes from Barksdale Air Force Base, the dual branded Hilton Garden Inn® and Homewood Suites by HiltonTM Shreveport/ Bossier City will provide the amenities to ensure guests have everything they need whether traveling for business or pleasure.

Hilton Garden Inn® is there to support each guest on his or her road to success, and it starts the moment the guest walks through the doors. Guests can start their day with a full cooked-to-order breakfast from the Garden Grille and Bar® and end it with one of Hilton Garden Inn's signature Garden Sleep System® beds.  Other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, 24/7 business center, and free WiFi in all rooms.  Hilton Garden Inn® has everything you need to be successful at more than 520 locations worldwide.

Homewood Suites by HiltonTM provides travelers amenities and services that maximize their travel budget, including complimentary internet, daily full-hot breakfast, and evening dinner and drinks Monday-Thursday*. In addition, Homewood Suites' 300+ all-suite hotels boast fully equipped kitchens, separate sleeping and living spaces, a complimentary grocery shopping service** and recreational options such as a fitness center, pool and sports courts - all amenities that enable travelers to be at home and make life on the road more about life and less about the road.

The hotel will also feature five meeting rooms offering more than 8,500 square feet of flexible space and an on-site guest laundry facility.

Hilton Garden Inn® and Homewood Suites by HiltonTM Shreveport/ Bossier City participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & Miles® and No Blackout Dates. 

About Hilton Garden Inn The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand provides business and leisure guests with upscale yet affordable accommodations and modern amenities they prefer for a successful and comfortable stay. The satisfaction promise affirms that Hilton Garden Inn will do whatever it takes to ensure every guest is satisfied, or they don’t pay. You can count on us. Guaranteed™. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn caters to guests’ dining needs by serving cooked-to-order breakfast daily and offering full service restaurants and bars. Team Members operating at more than 740 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying hospitality experience from the first hello when they arrive. Hilton Garden Inn is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or news.hgi.com or connect on social media at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Homewood Suites by Hilton Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 430 locations in the United States, Mexico and Canada, is an award-winning leader. The first choice for guests seeking comfortable accommodations when traveling for an extended or quick overnight stay, Homewood Suites offers inviting, generous suites, featuring separate living and sleeping areas, and fully-equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators. Additional value-driven essentials include: complimentary Internet, a daily full-hot breakfast and complimentary evening social every Monday-Thursday. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Homewood Suites is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance® guarantee. For more information on the extended-stay advantage, visit www.homewoodsuites.com or news.homewoodsuites.com.