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Jun. 25, 2013

Hunter Hotel Advisors Closes on Sale of Holiday Inn Express; Blue KC Announces First Live Blue Center in Zona Rosa

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

Hunter Hotel Advisors recently announced the firm closed on the sale of the 84-guestroom Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wichita Airport in Wichita, Kansas.

Located just north of Wichita Mid-Continent International Airport, on West Kellogg Avenue and just west of Interstate 235 and downtown Wichita, the 5-year-old Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wichita Airport is conveniently situated close to numerous companies in the aviation sector and close to several regional attractions such as Town West Mall, Botanica Gardens, Museum of World Treasures and Exploration Place.

Hunter represented TNJ Group as the seller, and arranged the sale of the asset to KAJ Hospitality who also owns two other IHG properties in the local market. Marilyn Cox, vice president of Hunter Hotel Advisors, said: “This is a strong performing asset that is positioned to reap the benefits of the strengthening Wichita economy.”

In other news, in Kansas City, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) has announced the launch of the Live Blue service mark, an innovative center which will focus on wellness and education. The first Live Blue center is scheduled to open on Aug. 1 in Zona Rosa, and the company expects to finalize and open a second location in Prairie Village this fall.

“Blue KC is taking our leadership position in health and wellness to the next level with Live Blue,” said David Gentile, president and chief executive officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. “Live Blue is a tangible example of our dedication to help the Kansas City community be inspired, be informed and be well.”

The nearly 4,000-square-foot space will include a multipurpose room for seminars, fitness classes and a hospitality area for demonstrations on healthy eating. A dynamic calendar wall will also be displayed with details of the Live Blue offerings as well as runs, walks and healthy lifestyle events occurring throughout the community.