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Posted On: June / 2005

Hospitality America Named 2004 South Carolina Hotelier of the Year

2005 - Hospitality America, Inc. ("HA") was just named 2004 South Carolina Hotelier of the Year by the AH&LA Hospitality Association of South Carolina. Bo Aughtry and Chip Davis accepted the award at a “Stars of the Industry” awards dinner at the annual Hospitality Association of South Carolina Meeting and Trade Show in Myrtle Beach on January 25.

Bo Aughtry, Chip Davis and Hospitality America generated many headlines and TV reports throughout the State of South Carolina during 2004 in connection with the following:

  • Announced 115-room Hampton Inn & Suites-RiverPlace, part of a high profile mixed-use development called RiverPlace in downtown Greenville to open in early-2006.
  • Tony Tam elected President of Columbia Hotel Association for 2004/05.
  • Announced 222-room Hilton at the new Metropolitan Columbia Convention Center, one block from our Hampton Inn-Columbia Downtown Historic District (cost: circa $125,000/key inclusive of $3 million city subsidy and land from city). A Ruth’s Chris operator will lease and provide 100% of food & beverage services.
  • Chip Davis elected President of Greenville Hotel Association for both 2004/05.

Founded and headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, Hospitality America currently operates ten (10) hotels in four (4) states, primarily franchised Hilton-branded Hampton Inns®, Hampton Inn & Suites® and Homewood Suites By Hilton®. Hospitality America has been involved in every aspect of the development of every hotel it operates including site selection, feasibility analysis and franchise selection. For three consecutive years, Hospitality America's Hampton Inns have achieved RevPAR (revenue per available room) over 30% higher than the average for the 1,200+ Hampton Inns® system-wide. In 2002, Hilton's® Total Quality Index scores of Hospitality America's Hampton Inns averaged in the top 15% of the Hampton Inn® chain.

Hospitality America's first project was the multiple award-winning 77-room Hampton Inn®, Johnson City, Tennessee opened in 1995. It's most recent is a 122-key Hampton Inn & Suites® in Tallahassee, FL.

All Hospitality America hotels feature free high-speed Internet connections and free wireless Wi-Fi access lobbies.

Hospitality America, Inc. is a privately held Tennessee corporation chartered in 1995 and founded several years earlier by Christopher Cargen, President/CEO and majority stockholder. Cargen is an honors graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and a Brentwood resident since 1987.

Additional information about the company and its management portfolio is available at


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