Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa Receives Property of Year Award

Tampa, FL — 5/21/12  *PRESS RELEASE*

During the Howard Johnson General Session at the Wyndham Hotel Group Global Conference, several properties were recognized for their achievements as recipients of the 2011 Heroes of Hospitality and 2012 Brand Conference Awards.


For the first year, the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa received the “Property of the Year” Award for 2011. Achieving excellence in the hospitality business is not easy. To perform at an award-winning level, Howard Johnson hoteliers must demonstrate extraordinary professionalism and work together as a team to deliver consistently high quality guest experiences.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa was hotel management team, H.I. Development, President Andre Callen (left) and General Manager Larry E. Collier, Jr., (center).

“Life presents us with numerous opportunities to make a difference in the eyes of our customers,” said Senior Vice President Rui Barros. “The best of the best always leap at the chance to create Happiness for guests at their hotel. They take pride in everything they do, from their attitude and professional appearance to the inviting aroma and cleanliness of their rooms.”

“These properties and their teams are shining examples of what can be accomplished when ‘excellence’ becomes a standard operating procedure,” said Vice President Phil Harvey (right). “These awards are a reflection of their dedication towards making each guest experience the best that it can be.”

The Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa is conveniently located in the heart of downtown along the banks of the Arts District RiverWalk entrance and Hillsborough River. The 13-level hotel is operated and managed by H.I. Development, a hotel management team founded by Robinson Callen in 1959.


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