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(TAMPA, FL - 12/10/14) - Le Méridien Tampa, downtown Tampa's newest luxury hotel, has been recognized by Historic Hotels of America as one of 24 inductees for 2014. Listed in the National Register for Historic Places, the former federal courthouse, built in 1905, has experienced new life as an upscale hotel, featuring meeting and banquet space, along with Bizou Brasserie, a French-inspired restaurant.

Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. The organization was founded in 1989, and today has more than 250 historic hotels that have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

To be nominated and selected for membership, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; have been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and be recognized as having historic significance.

"It's exciting to become part of the Historic Hotels of America family," said Gary Prosterman, president and CEO of Development Services Group, Inc. "This project was truly a labor of love for our development team, and we couldn't be more pleased with the results of the adaptive reuse of this beautiful old courthouse."

Opened in June 2014, Le Méridien Tampa has quickly become a downtown hotspot for out-of-town guests and locals alike, who appreciate the not only its historic destination, but the hotel's attention to arts, culture and cuisine. Developed by Development Services Group, Inc. and managed by Maximum Hospitality, the 130-room hotel has already been recognized as the top-ranked North American Starwood Le Méridien hotel for guest satisfaction.

Le Méridien Tampa is located at 601 North Florida Avenue, Tampa. For more information, visit LeMeridienTampa.com or contact General Manager Brent Scarbro at (813) 221-9555.

About Historic Hotels of America®

Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members. Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 260 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world's finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit HistoricHotels.org.

About Le Méridien Tampa

Just 12 minutes from Tampa International Airport (TPA), Le Méridien Tampa is in the heart of downtown Tampa and within a few minutes walk to the Tampa Convention Center, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Children's Museum, and the historic Tampa Theatre. Recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, the century-old historic federal courthouse has been transformed to reveal a boutique hotel that boasts 130-inspiring guest rooms and suites, meeting and event space, Bizou Brasserie dining experience, and Longitude Bar. For more information, visit LeMeridienTampa.com or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter @LeMeridienTampa.

About Development Services Group, Inc.

Development Services Group, Inc. (DSG) of Memphis, Tennessee is an award-winning developer of more than $1 billion in real estate assets throughout the United States, including over 20 franchised hotels under license from Starwood, Hilton and Marriott; as well as office, multi-family and health care facilities. DSG is comprised of a team of talented and seasoned real estate professionals with over 25 years of development, operations and project management experience, including Le Méridien Philadelphia, a 2010 Hotel Conversion Project of the Year and Le Méridien Tampa, a 2014 Landmark Development Project Award winner. For more information, visit DSGInc.net.

About Maximum Hospitality

MH Partners, LLC (Maximum Hospitality) of Memphis, Tennessee is an award-winning hotel management company, dedicated to providing hotel owners with superior management and a higher return on investment. Focusing on luxury and boutique brand hotels from Starwood, Hilton and Marriott, Maximum Hospitality provides a portfolio of services that includes development services, asset management and operations management. The company's principals are experienced in management of over 14 different hotel brands, across a wide range of geographic and industry segments. For more information, visit MaximumHospitality.com.

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