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Ray Ferland Named GM of Dual-Branded Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites

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Ray Ferland has been named general manager of the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by HiltonTM, which is owned and operated by RT Bossier Hotel Partners, LLC. The hotel is currently under construction and is slated to open in December 2012 at 2015 Old Minden Road in Bossier City, La.

Shreveport-Bossier, LA (PRWEB) November 02, 2012

Ray Ferland has been named general manager of the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by HiltonTM, which is owned and operated by RT Bossier Hotel Partners, LLC. The hotel is currently under construction and is slated to open in December 2012 at 2015 Old Minden Road in Bossier City, La.

The Hilton Garden Inn boasts 177 rooms, and the Homewood Suites by Hilton features 114 suites. As general manager, Ferland will direct all areas of the hotel's operations, including guest services, sales and marketing efforts, and hotel administration.

Prior to joining the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by HiltonTM Shreveport-Bossier, Ferland was the general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott on the Louisiana Boardwalk and also served as general manager of the Holiday Inn Bossier from 1993 until the closing in June 2011. Ferland is a graduate of Providence College in Providence, RI with a degree in Business Administration. He is on the board of directors for the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and the Shreveport Bossier Hotel and Lodging Association.

Sandra Haynes has also been named director of sales for the new dual-branded hotel. Before coming to the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by HiltonTM Shreveport-Bossier, Haynes was director of sales and regional director of sales and marketing for properties under the Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites by HiltonTM, and Holiday Inn brands.

In addition, Ben Martinez has been named assistant general manager. Martinez, a certified extended-stay specialist, has held leadership roles at both the Homewood Suites by HiltonTM New Orleans and most recently, the Homewood Suites by HiltonTM Savannah, Georgia.

Situated just minutes from Barksdale Air Force Base, the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by HiltonTM Shreveport-Bossier will provide the amenities to ensure guests have everything they need, whether traveling for business or pleasure. As Hilton Worldwide reported, guests can start their day with a full cooked-to-order breakfast from the Garden Grille and Bar and end it with one of Hilton Garden Inn's signature Garden Sleep System beds. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, 24/7 business center, and free Wi-Fi in all rooms.

Homewood Suites by HiltonTM provides travelers amenities and services that maximize their travel budget, including complimentary internet, daily full-hot breakfast, evening dinner and drinks Monday-Thursday. In addition, Homewood Suites' 300+ all-suite hotels boast fully equipped kitchens, separate sleeping and living spaces, a complimentary grocery shopping service and recreational options such as a fitness center, pool and sports courts - all amenities that enable travelers to be at home and make life on the road more about life and less about the road.
For more information, visit http://www.shreveport-bossier.org/meetings.
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Plan your next meeting in Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
Conveniently located in the northwestern corner of the state, Interstates 20 and 49 intersect at Shreveport-Bossier City, making the destination easily accessible by car, and the award-winning Shreveport Regional Airport is serviced by American, Allegiant, United and Delta. Shreveport-Bossier boasts some 10,000 hotel rooms, a multipurpose, state-of-the-art convention center, five riverboat casinos and a horseracing track and a host of unique, alternative meeting sites ready to suite your needs.

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