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Vision Hospitality Group Breaks Ground on Hilton Garden Inn Memphis/Downtown

CHATTANOOGA, TN. APRIL 20, 2017 — Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. recently broke ground on the seven-story Hilton Garden Inn Memphis/Downtown, which marks the award-winning hospitality management company’s entrance into the Memphis market.

The 150-room hotel, located at 201 Union Avenue, will have a modern and thoughtful design that meets the needs of today’s modern traveler. Featuring Hilton’s latest lobby design, the hotel will feature a variety of seating and lighting options for both leisure and business travelers. Additional amenities will include an indoor saltwater swimming pool, over 1,000 feet of meeting space, a 24-hour business center and a fitness center. The hotel will also offer a premier restaurant and bar with an outdoor patio, catering to both guests and locals alike.

Projected to open in the fall of 2018, the hotel will be located in one of the most vibrant and historical areas in Memphis. Centrally located close to downtown Memphis’ attractions, guests will have access to a spectrum of authentic restaurants and shopping, as well as the FedEx Forum, the Peabody Hotel and Auto Zone Park all within walking distance of the hotel.

“This is an exciting time for Vision Hospitality Group as we enter the city of Memphis and continue to expand to growing markets.” Vision President & CEO Mitch Patel said. “We are happy to offer our guests superior accommodations in this historical center of America, while we continue to build our ongoing partnership with Hilton Worldwide in developing one of the best premium products available today.”

Vision currently has 16 hotels under development.

About Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.

Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. is a leading hotel management and development company with an unwavering commitment to quality and integrity. Although the company’s roots date back to 1978, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. was officially formed in 1997 by President & CEO Mitch Patel. Still family-owned and operated today, Vision has a hotel portfolio and pipeline of premium select and full-service hotels affiliated with the Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental brands. To learn more about Vision Hospitality Group, Inc., visit www.vhghotels.com, www.facebook.com/vhghotels and www.twitter.com/vhghotels

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 97 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of thirteen world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,600 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 758,000 rooms in 100 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, 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 HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide,www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide,www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

Contact:
Jocelyn Cochran
pr@vhghotels.com
423-892-1010 ext. 230

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