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

Officially open as of July 1, 2011, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the property taking place on August 2011.

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.
Kana Hotel Group is an award winning Hotel Development & Management Company based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Its current portfolio consists of 20 premium branded hotels across 7 states. The brands in Kana’s portfolio include Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites, Springhill Suites by Marriott, Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express.
EcoGreenHotel supports hotels to identify energy efficient strategies that reduce energy usage and overall environmental impact. It finds the right technologies, products and solutions to deliver the best quality and value for all clients and create energy savings. The company specializes in identifying and taking advantage of incentives, grants, rebates and loan programs that are available through federal, state and local agencies.
Alpesh Patel
Kana Hotel Group
(865) 560-5102
308 N. Peters Road Suite 110 Knoxville, Tennessee 37922
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