Gatlinburg, Tenn., (July 6, 2010) —The Hilton Garden Inn in Gatlinburg has earned the Good Earthkeeping Award for a small property by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) for their work to become the state’s first LEED certified hotel. The award was presented as part of the annual Stars of the Industry Awards which honor stand-out initiatives at hotel properties. In an effort to support and build upon the Gatlinburg Goes Green initiative, builders and owners of the Hilton Garden Inn are working to earn the coveted U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Silver Level LEED certification. When accepted, the certification will confirm by third-party experts that the hotel satisfies criteria for sustainable site development, materials selection, water conservation, energy efficiency and indoor environment quality.

“With the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in our backyard, it is a natural fit for the Gatlinburg business community to be an innovative in promoting efficient and sustainable green development and we encourage others to follow our lead,” said Logan Coykendall, President of Hospitality Management Solutions which manages the Hilton Garden Inn.

About Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Gatlinburg

The Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Gatlinburg is opened in the summer of 2009 and offers 118 guest rooms and luxurious suites. The property is located on River Road in Downtown Gatlinburg, yards from Smoky Mountain National Park with direct access to the main Parkway downtown walking district. The property is smoke free and features the Garden Sleep System® bed, which enables guest to adjust the firmness or softness of the bed; ergonomic Mirr® chair by Herman Miller; complimentary wired and WiFi Internet access in guestrooms and public space; mobile printing to the hotel’s complimentary 24-hour business center; full service restaurant serving freshly cooked-to-order breakfast and evening room service; the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® convenience market featuring a variety of snack options; workout facility; flexible meeting space; indoor pool, and on-site guest laundry facility.

About Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is a quaint, mountain getaway nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. It offers a variety of travel experiences ranging from family activities to romantic getaways or outdoor adventures. Gatlinburg also has more than 12,000 rooms for lodging and 400 shops as well as many attractions including Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Ober Gatlinburg and many others.