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Feb / 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville Hotel's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony February 14th 2017

Evansville, IN (February 14, 2017) - Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has declared that his city, Evansville, is now back in the convention business. The $61 million Doubletree by Hilton Evansville is officially opening their doors to the public today at 10:00 AM. The five story hotel features guest rooms, suites, accessible guest rooms and suites; all equipped with world class amenities. The hotel also provides needs for the business traveler, meetings & conventions, weddings or you can schedule an event in the near future. .


Mayor Winnecke says along with the new hotel, projects such as the Indiana University multi-institutional medical campus, the Tropicana Casino, and the most recent announcement of a $25 million investment to reconstruct and redevelop the city's tallest building will give people reason to look at this city "through a different lens".

Mayor Winnecke has faith that the new hotel's entrance into the city will "open the flood gates" for the convention and sporting event industry in Evansville, Indiana. The DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville hotel and the other big project developments have given the city and the local officials a new sense of confidence to pursue bigger targets. Winnecke says, "one is a "play-in" game of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament. We feel it's a tall hill to climb, but we have a great facility in the Ford Center. The NCAA has had the Division II Elite 8 there twice, so we know the NCAA likes our facility a great deal. We think with the addition of the Doubletree convention hotel and the planned construction of the new Hyatt Place hotel downtown, we have a real shot at getting this".

"We are excited to be opening and working with the City and Evansville-Vanderburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring conventions and new visitors to our vibrant downtown. Our DoubleTree by Hilton caring culture will provide a level of service second to none for both the community and our guests," said Tracy Wiley, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville.

Mayor Winnecke will join the hotel, local, and regional officials Tuesday February 14th at 10 A.M. CST for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

ABOUT PILLAR HOTELS & RESORTS

Pillar Hotels & Resorts is one of the largest independent management companies in the United States, representing well-respected brands including Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and IHG. The company offers hotel management, back office solutions, and a full-service revenue management department. Owner-ready information technology, scalability and operational integrity make Pillar a best-in-class company that consistently delivers exceptional results. For more information, visit PillarHotels.com and follow @PillarHotels on Twitter.

ABOUT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON EVANSVILLE HOTEL

The five-story convention center hotel is located at the corner of Walnut and SE 6th Street and will be connected via sky bridges to the Ford Center, Old National Events Plaza and Indiana University's expanded medical school. A sleek, modern exterior will complement the surrounding downtown area setting the tone for the contemporary design of the hotel's 241 guest rooms and public spaces. Amenities will include high speed internet access throughout the property, a 24-hour business center, a 24-hour state of the art fitness center featuring Life Fitness equipment, outdoor pool, private courtyard and 568 space parking garage. Over 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space is available for social and business events including a 6,400 square foot ballroom next to 4,000 square feet of pre-function space, two breakout rooms, and a board room. The Stone City Grill and the Quarry Bar are featured on the first floor. The hotel is owned by HCW Evansville Hotel, LLC. For the latest news and to follow construction progress, visit the hotel's website, DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville.

ABOUT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON

With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 440 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents and nearly 40,000 rooms in the pipeline, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our Team Members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton Honors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers Team Members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again. Hilton Honors 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 Honors app, where Honors members can check-in and choose their room.

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Feb / 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville Celebrates Completion of New 241-Key Hotel - Hosting Ribbon Cutting February 14, 2017

Evansville, IN (February 03, 2017) - DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville part of DoubleTree by Hilton's fast-growing global portfolio of upscale, full-service hotels, has completed construction of the five-story, $61 million DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville. DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville is the only full service convention hotel available in the downtown area. In addition to being connected via sky bridge to the Ford Center and the Old National Events Plaza, the hotel is next door to the Indiana University Medical School, currently under construction. The hotel is owned by HCW Evansville Hotel, LLC. and managed by Aimbridge Hospitality. .


Official ribbon cutting with Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. CST. The public is welcome to tour the hotel throughout the day, reserve a room and stay the night, enjoy a meal in our Stone City Grill or unwind in the Quarry Bar before the University of Evansville game later that evening.

"I am excited about the move to Evansville and the prospect of leading the team at the DoubleTree by Hilton" said Tracy Wiley. "This hotel is a centrally located destination for state, regional and national meetings and conventions. The Evansville community will benefit from the creation of new jobs over the next 10 months."

"We are excited to be opening and working with the City and Evansville-Vanderburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring conventions and new visitors to our vibrant downtown. Our DoubleTree by Hilton caring culture will provide a level of service second to none for both the community and our guests," said Tracy Wiley, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville.

"Evansville is Indiana's third largest city and is fast becoming a center of academics, business and entertainment. In the last few years, the capacity to welcome conventions have grown and Evansville is now able to attract this type of business by offering a full service hotel connected to the Convention Center and Arena. We are thrilled to be one of the key components in the successful downtown Evansville revitalization," said Rick Huffman, CEO/Manager of HCW Evansville Hotel, LLC. "DoubleTree by Hilton is a global, award-winning hotel brand known for its outstanding service culture and will be a positive addition to the city for business, convention, and leisure guests."

The five-story hotel's exterior design aesthetic is sleek and modern, complementing the surrounding area. The interior's overall color palette and materials pay homage to Evansville's role and history during the industrial revolution as a top exporter of crushed stone. Guests will see these elements blended into the spaces with clean lines but evoking a mid-century feel with warm color scheme.

Guests will feel at home in the hotel's inviting spaces. DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville provides guests with a full complement of services and amenities, including 241 guestrooms and suites. Hotel amenities include salt water pool and courtyard, covered garage parking, complimentary shuttle within three mile radius of hotel, 24-hour fitness center, business center and complimentary Wi-Fi internet in guestrooms and public space. Full service restaurant, lounge and room service offered.

Among the DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville brand exclusives that guests will enjoy are the Wake Up DoubleTree BreakfastTM, an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee offerings by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a refreshing array body care products by Crabtree & Evelyn and an industry-recognized service culture which is built around the idea of CARE (Create a Rewarding Experience) for guests, team members and the community. CARE is demonstrated from the moment a guest checks in and receives the brand's warm, DoubleTree Cookie welcome. All rooms have upgraded amenities and the DoubleTree by Hilton Sweet Dreams Sleep Experience.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville is an ideal place for guests seeking the upscale, full-service experience that only DoubleTree by Hilton can deliver. DoubleTree by Hilton 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 save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, such as an exclusive member discount, free Wi-Fi and a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay. Members can also redeem their Points for free nights, to gain access to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform or to make purchases with Amazon Shop With Points.

ABOUT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON EVANSVILLE HOTEL

The five-story convention center hotel is located at the corner of Walnut and SE 6th Street and will be connected via sky bridges to the Ford Center, Old National Events Plaza and Indiana University's expanded medical school. A sleek, modern exterior will complement the surrounding downtown area setting the tone for the contemporary design of the hotel's 241 guest rooms and public spaces. Amenities will include high speed internet access throughout the property, a 24-hour business center, a 24-hour state of the art fitness center featuring Life Fitness equipment, outdoor pool, private courtyard and 568 space parking garage. Over 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space is available for social and business events including a 6,400 square foot ballroom next to 4,000 square feet of pre-function space, two breakout rooms, and a board room. The Stone City Grill and the Quarry Bar are featured on the first floor. The hotel is owned by HCW Evansville Hotel, LLC. For the latest news and to follow construction progress, visit the hotel's website, DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville.

ABOUT AIMBRIDGE HOSPITALITY

Aimbridge Hospitality is one of the largest and most dynamic independent management companies in North America and the Caribbean. With an award winning portfolio of over 450 hotels and resorts with more than 63,000 guestrooms, our company operates across a full spectrum of property types. Our highly resourced company offers an unrivaled track record creating and maximizing asset value and holds an enviable position as an exclusive management company. Visit our website Aimbridge Hospitality for more information.

ABOUT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON

With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 440 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents and nearly 40,000 rooms in the pipeline, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our Team Members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton Honors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers Team Members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again. Hilton Honors 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 Honors app, where Honors members can check-in and choose their room.

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Nov / 2016

Find us at the Job Fair!

Tuesday, November 15 from 10am-3pm
WorkOne Southwest
700 E. Walnut St. Evansville

Wednesday, November 16 from 12pm-4pm
WorkOne Southwest
700 E. Walnut St. Evansville

DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville

Positions Available

Assistant General Manager
Director of Housekeeping
Executive Chef/F&B Director
Sales - Catering/EMM
Chief Engineer
Front Office Manager

**Experience Necessary

Community, Consistency, Culture and Communication
Having fun helps us keep perspective. If we're happy our guests will be happy. Our core Pillars of strength - Community, Consistency, Culture and Communication - reflect our philosophies and provides the foundation for our work environment and guest satisfaction.

View the Job Fair Flyer

10

Nov / 2016

Ford Center Celebrating 5th Anniversary on 11/11/16

The Ford Center opened 11/11/11 and will be celebrating their 5th Anniversary with Carrie Underwood "The Storyteller Tour" on this same night. Here are some fun facts:

Units Sold Over Last 5 Years:
  • Hot Dogs/Brats..........89,858
  • Fries...................103,133
  • Popcorn.................224,726
  • Soft Pretzels...........133,297
  • Soda....................18,482,974 oz
  • Beer....................12,029,489 oz
  • 3389 Tons of Steel
  • 46,953,670 Pounds of Concrete
  • 177 Hi-Def Televisions
Additional Upcoming Events:
  • SCB (Small College Basketball) Hall of Fame Classic - November 18 & 19
  • HADI Shrine Circus - November 24-27
  • Harlem Globetrotters - January 12
  • Miranda Lambert - January 26th
  • Disney on Ice Dare to Dream - February 16-19
  • GLVC Basketball Championship Tournament - March 2-5
  • Monster Jam - April 28 & 29
Home of the University of Evansville Men's & Women's Aces Basketball & Evansville Thunderbolts

10

Feb / 2016

PHR Selects General Manager for New Evansville, IN Hotel

Irving, TX (February 10, 2016) - Pillar Hotels and Resorts announces the appointment of Tracy Wiley for the position of General Manager at the company's new DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville, IN. Construction on the new hotel in downtown Evansville is expected to be completed December 2016.


Mr. Wiley has been with PHR four years, most recently as General Manager of the 198-room Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Bakersfield, CA. Wiley's hotel career spans over 3 decades including positions with Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Preferred Hotels.

"I am excited about the move to Evansville and the prospect of leading the team at the DoubleTree by Hilton" said Tracy Wiley. "This hotel is a centrally located destination for state, regional and national meetings and conventions. The Evansville community will benefit from the creation of new jobs over the next 10 months."

A native of Alaska, Wiley and his wife of 25 years have lived and worked throughout the Pacific Northwest and California. Their 20-year-old son attends Northwest Nazarene University majoring in public relation and their 16-year-old daughter expects to study International Relations after graduation later this year.

"We are fortunate to have Tracy as the General Manager of the Doubletree by Hilton Evansville. He has a proven track record for opening hotels. His expertise and leadership will ensure the hotel quickly becomes a top destination in the region." said Shane Weaver, Vice President of Sales for PHR. " The Sales team has already secured groups for 2017 and look forward to many more in the months to come."

ABOUT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON EVANSVILLE HOTEL

The five-story convention center hotel is located at the corner of Walnut and SE 6th Street and will be connected via sky bridges to the Ford Center, Old National Events Plaza and Indiana University's expanded medical school. A sleek, modern exterior will complement the surrounding downtown area setting the tone for the contemporary design of the hotel's 241 guest rooms and public spaces. Amenities will include high speed internet access throughout the property, a 24-hour business center, a 24-hour state of the art fitness center featuring Life Fitness equipment, outdoor pool, private courtyard and 568 space parking garage. Over 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space is available for social and business events including a 6,400 square foot ballroom next to 4,000 square feet of pre-function space, two breakout rooms, and a board room. The Stone City Grill and the Quarry Bar are featured on the first floor. The hotel is owned by HCW Evansville Hotel, LLC. For the latest news and to follow construction progress, visit the hotel's website, EvansvilleDoubletreeHotel.com.

ABOUT PILLAR HOTELS & RESORTS

Pillar Hotels & Resorts is one of the largest independent management companies in the United States, representing well-respected brands including Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and IHG. The company offers hotel management, back office solutions, and a full-service revenue management department. Owner-ready information technology, scalability and operational integrity make Pillar a best-in-class company that consistently delivers exceptional results. For more information, visit PillarHotels.com and follow @PillarHotels on Twitter.

ABOUT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON

With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 440 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents and nearly 40,000 rooms in the pipeline, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our Team Members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton Honors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers Team Members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again. Hilton Honors 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 Honors app, where Honors members can check-in and choose their room.