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Kana Hotel Group Announce the Grand Opening of Green-Focused, Eco-Friendly Hampton Inn and Suites in Tupelo MS

09-01-2011 07:49 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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August 11, 2011 TUPELO, MS – Kana Hotel Group is pleased to announce the grand opening of the green-focused, eco-friendly Hampton Inn & Suites Tupelo/Barnes Crossing MS. Located in the hills of Northeast Mississippi, the property offers a location and amenities suitable for both personal and business travel. Officially open as of July 1, 2011, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the property taking place on August 2011.
In cooperation with its sustainability and energy efficiency partner EcoGreenHotel and Humphreys & Associates Contractors, Kana Hotel Group’s mission was to create a property that was eco friendly, sustainable and energy-efficient. “We go beyond incorporating sustainability initiatives that are visible to our hotel guests including LED lighting, heating and cooling energy management systems that are forward-thinking and environmentally responsible,” said Stephanie Browning, General Manager – Hampton Inn & Suites Tupelo/Barnes Crossing. Towards this end, measures put in place at the Tupelo property include the following:

• Cree LED Lighting in areas where lights are used 24 hours a day;
• Lighting occupancy sensor controls in all back-of-house areas;
• LED lights for all parking lot lighting fixtures;
• The NuTek Ozone System for laundry installed by US Energy Solutions;
• High efficiency tankless water heaters by Rinnai Corporation;
• Exhaust air and heat recovery systems to reduce energy in all guest rooms;
• High-efficient Amana AC units and energy management systems in all guest rooms;
• Dual flush commodes, faucet fixtures, shower heads and aerators; and
• Highly reflective roofing materials in order to reduce heat absorption.
“EcoGreenHotel and the Kana Hotel Group share a common passion for developing properties with environmental responsibility at top of mind; this is clearly evident with the Tupelo property,” said Kevin Hall of US Energy Solutions, installer of the property’s NuTek Ozone System. “We are pleased to be working with companies that share this vision.”
Alpesh Patel, owner of the Kana Hotel Group, also noted that, “Hilton Worldwide, the parent company of Hampton Inn and Suites, shares our organizations focus on sustainability most notably with their proprietary system LightStay. We integrated many innovative technologies into the new build of the Hampton Inn & Suites Tupelo/Barnes Crossing that will make the hotel very efficient and sustainable.”
LightStay is Hilton Worldwide’s proprietary system of sustainability measurement. It calculates sustainability performance across their global portfolio of hotels. LightStay delivers value to hotel owners without any additional cost. The system’s data is used to improve the guest experience and drive economic returns. By December 31, 2011, all 3,600 Hilton Worldwide’s properties will use LightStay. It’s the way we support our commitment to be the first major hospitality company making sustainability measurement a brand standard.

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