Hilton launches Home2 Suites Brand in China

In a June 30 interview with CNBC, lan Watts, group president with Hilton for the Asia-Pacific region, announced that this organic growth was a perfect fit for the economic activity he sees in China today.

The expansion of superhighways in the country, paired with more and more workers taking jobs farther from home, make Home2 a perfect product right now. He’s also seeing “more long-term project-based work in tier 3 and tier 4 cities” in China.

Springwood’s experience with the Home2 Suites brand within our footprint has been excellent. We see no reason why the experience in China would be any less.

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Record New Openings!

June 17, 2020

Springwood now enters our busiest opening season in history. The four new hotels coming online between now and October 30 will set a new opening record for us; we’re also reopening five hotels in the next few weeks.
Here’s the rundown on these upcoming openings and re-openings:

  • June 29 – Reopening Hampton Inn & Suites by HIlton York South
  • July 2 – Reopening Tru by Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue
  • July 6 – Reopening Tru by Hilton York
  • July 9 – Reopening Tru by Hilton Lancaster East
  • July 29 – Opening Tru & Home2 Suites by Hilton Easton
  • August 28 – Opening Home2 Suites by Hilton Ephrata
  • October 30 – Opening Home2 Suites by Hilton Martinsburg

Easton’s pre-sold business looks strong, and it could open a week or two early depending on local market activity. As it turns out, the winter construction delay and the Wolf shutdown we experienced at this property were blessings that kept us from opening this pair of hotels just as Covid-19 was about to begin.

Wolf’s shutdown will delay opening of the Home2 Ephrata by 44 days, and the virus itself will delay the Home2 Martinsburg by two weeks (two workers on site contracted Covid-19, then all others quarantined at home for two weeks). 

We’re excited to get about the business of safely serving guests and beating our competition with pure, unadulterated hospitality. Let the good times resume!

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Justice from Relationships

Springwood Hospitality is happy to be based in York County, PA, where law enforcement and local clergy have been engaged in helpful, respectful, and relationship-building dialogue since 2016. Does it solve everything that must be solved? Absolutely not.

What it does do is bring about a cooperative effort, born of mutual respect, between leaders in law enforcement county-wide and pastors of diverse congregations county-wide. This group meets monthly to dialogue, learn from each other, and drive each other to improve.

From relationships comes trust. It helps not only when you have the police chief’s mobile number, but also when you know he’ll actually listen to you if you call it. The feedback that chiefs have received from this dialogue has helped them clean up some unacceptable behavior on the part of a few officers who were not adhering to policy. Mutually beneficial dialogue is always – well – mutually beneficial.

Why were York County’s recent racial protests peaceful and powerful? It all started with the dialogue that began years ago and continues today. This group recently published its official position on the events surrounding the George Floyd incident. We at Springwood wholeheartedly add our corporate signature to their statement, which we’ve printed in its entirety below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

YORK COUNTY CHIEFS OF POLICE AND CLERGY STAND TOGETHER FOR JUSTICE

We offer our deepest sympathies, condolences, and prayers to the family and friends of Mr. George Floyd.

The York County Association of Chiefs of Police and local clergy, including the Black Ministers Association of York County, stand united in our outrage and condemnation of the reprehensible use of deadly force by police officers in Minneapolis, MN that led to the senseless and tragic death of Mr. George Floyd. There can be no allowance in law enforcement for officers who commit such heinous acts, or for officers who fail to intervene and stop the commission of these acts. We hold faith that the criminal actions of the officers will be charged appropriately as a result of a thorough investigation.

The policing of our community is a high and noble calling that requires our community’s police officers to possess the highest integrity and fairness. The York County Association of Chiefs of Police continues to uphold our commitment that law enforcement officers treat all individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect, or defendant, with the full dignity and respect they deserve as human beings. It is our commitment to hold our own law enforcement officers to the highest standards of accountability when they fail to abide by these standards. We hold these principles as the bedrock upon which procedural justice and police legitimacy stand.

As Chiefs of Police and Clergy, we stand united in the pursuit of a thriving and just York County.

About Our Partnership

It was our joint concern over unrest in our nation surrounding the fair policing of our communities that led us to begin meeting together in 2016. Since 2016, our vision has been that York develop a reputation as One York: a peaceful and thriving community whereas:

  • Mutual respect, trust, transparency, and cooperation exist between law enforcement and community
  • Our community is policed with fairness and justice resulting in safety and peace

Signed in unity together,

Chief Timothy Damon, York Area Regional Police

Pastor Bill Kerney, President, Black Ministers Association

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Free Rooms for Medical Professionals

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As the world navigates the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response, Springwood Hospitality is committed to doing our part to positively impact the communities where we operate.

We are joining Hilton and American Express to donate hotel rooms to frontline medical professionals who need a place to sleep, recharge, or isolate from their families.

Springwood’s properties that are extending hospitality to healthcare heroes fighting COVID-19 include the Homewood Suites by Hilton York, and the Home2 Suites by Hilton hotels in York, Lancaster and Harrisburg North.

Hilton’s press release is below:

Hilton and American Express to Donate Up to 1 Million Rooms To Frontline Medical Professionals During COVID-19 Crisis

McLean, Va. and New York, N.Y. (April 6, 2020) – Hilton (NYSE:HLT) and American Express (NYSE:AXP) today announced that the companies, in partnership with Hilton’s ownership community, will donate up to 1 million hotel room nights across the United States to frontline medical professionals leading the fight against COVID-19.

Hilton and American Express are making rooms available without charge to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical staff who need a place to sleep, recharge or isolate from their families through the end of May.

Hilton is initially working with 11 associations who collectively represent more than 1 million healthcare workers to provide access to the program, designed to support individuals who would otherwise have to spend their own money on accommodations.

“During this crisis, we have seen so many examples of medical professionals working in the most challenging circumstances, sacrificing their own needs for the greater good. They truly are heroes,” said Hilton President and CEO, Christopher J. Nassetta. “We are honored to extend our Hilton hospitality to them during this difficult time.”

American Express, Hilton’s long-standing strategic partner, is investing alongside Hilton in the donation of the hotel rooms, which will be provided at or below cost by Hilton’s network of independent owners and franchisees.

“Our medical workers who are courageously and selflessly serving on the frontlines in the coronavirus crisis represent the best of who we are,” said American Express Chairman and CEO, Stephen J. Squeri.

“We’re honored to support this initiative with our longtime partner, Hilton, to provide the heroes in our communities a place to rest, recharge and help keep their loved ones safe during this time.”

William Jaquis, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said the room donation will be welcome relief for the thousands of medical staff enduring long hours under challenging circumstances.

“Knowing that there is a safe, clean and comfortable hotel room waiting for you at the end of a long shift can make all the difference in the world right now,” Dr. Jaquis said. “The kind of compassion and caring that Hilton and American Express are offering has never been more welcome.”

Rooms will be available across a variety of Hilton brands, including Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton and others. Hotels will be staffed by Team Members who have received additional training on relevant health and safety measures to safeguard their own and their guests’ well-being. Hotel rooms and common areas will continue to be sanitized using industrial-grade cleaners and updated cleaning protocols. In some high-demand locations, room availability may be limited at times.

Nassetta credited owners from Hilton’s portfolio for joining the effort. “Across the United States, owners of Hilton hotels of every brand are eager to support their communities and be part of the solution. They have been instrumental in making this response possible.”

The following organizations will provide their networks with further details about booking rooms through this program, which is currently planned to cover stays from April 13 through May 31. To ensure availability, individual reservations can be made up four weeks in advance from the time of booking.

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • American Association of Respiratory Care
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • American Hospital Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association
  • Emergency Nurses Association
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants
  • Society of Hospital Medicine

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STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 7 March

11 March 2020

In comparison with the week of 3-9 March 2019, the industry recorded the following:

  • Occupancy: -7.3% to 61.8%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): -4.6% to US$126.01
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -11.6% to US$77.82

Performance declines were uniform across chain scales, classes and location types.

“The question over the last several weeks was ‘when’, not ‘if’ this impact would hit—well, when has arrived,” said Jan Freitag, STR’s senior VP of lodging insights. “Like so many other areas of the world, concerns around the coronavirus outbreak have now hit U.S. hotel occupancy hard. Not a surprise given the amount of event-related news we have seen, but group cancellations were felt across the markets and classes in addition to consistent declines in the transient segment. ADR is starting to decline as well, rapidly in the case of San Francisco. This is quite likely the beginning of a bad run that will get worse before it gets better.”

Overall, 23 of the Top 25 Markets registered a RevPAR decline.

San Francisco/San Mateo, California, posted the week’s steepest drop in RevPAR (-45.5% to US$134.26), due largely to the largest decline in ADR (-30.4% to US$212.61).

Anaheim/Santa Ana, California, experienced the largest drop in occupancy (-27.3% to 59.6%) and the second-largest decreases in ADR (-19.9% to US$155.14) and RevPAR (-41.8% to US$92.42).

Seattle, Washington, saw the second-steepest decrease in occupancy (-26.4% to 52.3%), which pushed the third-largest drop in RevPAR (-34.8% to US$67.94).

Of note, New York, New York, occupancy fell 13.1% to 72.1%, while ADR in the market was down 8.3% to US$188.59.

Two markets saw occupancy growth for the week: Detroit, Michigan (+1.9% to 62.2%), and Nashville, Tennessee (+1.8% to 75.8%).

Two markets reported ADR increases: Oahu Island, Hawaii (+1.7% to US$223.05), and Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia (+1.3% to US$85.46).

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About STR
STR provides premium data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights for global hospitality sectors. Founded in 1985, STR maintains a presence in 15 countries with a corporate North American headquarters in Hendersonville, Tennessee, an international headquarters in London, and an Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore.

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Marriott Signs Onto Record Organic Worldwide Growth in 2019

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815 signed hotel deals in 2019 expected to generate more than 70,000 new jobs worldwide

(from press release dated January 27, 2020)  Marriott International, Inc. today announced it signed a record number of rooms in 2019, pushing its global pipeline to approximately 515,000 rooms as of year-end 2019 for the first time in the company’s history. The company signed 815 agreements, representing more than 136,000 rooms, marking the seventh consecutive year of record-breaking volume of organic rooms signings. Growth was fueled by unprecedented levels of organic rooms signed in each of the company’s international regions. During 2019, the company added 516 properties with more than 78,000 rooms in 60 countries and territories – an average of one new property every 17 hours.

“With growth and loyalty as the cornerstones of our company’s success, our unrivaled 2019 signings illustrate our winning strategy, which combines leading brands, powerful business platforms and an enduring focus on our associates,” said Tony Capuano, Group President, Global Development, Design and Operations Services, Marriott International. “We continue to drive value for our owners with quality branding options for both property conversions and new builds, backed by our leading business support systems and loyalty platform. By staying true to our growth philosophy and continuously responding to the evolving preferences and lifestyles of travelers, we are poised for a successful 2020 and beyond.”

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At the end of 2019, Marriott International’s worldwide system consisted of more than 7,300 properties and roughly 1.38 million rooms in 134 countries and territories. More than half of the company’s record global development pipeline is located outside North America.

“With 141 million Marriott Bonvoy members who increasingly crave travel to new cities and unique experiences around the world, a record-breaking year of deals means new, exciting properties are coming for travelers worldwide,” said Stephanie Linnartz, Group President, Consumer Operations, Technology & Emerging Businesses, Marriott International. “Our stellar growth results prove that our broad brand portfolio and platforms are resonating with owners and developers, as well as with customers.”

Record-setting year for growth in valuable international markets

In 2019, 53 percent of the company’s signed rooms were outside North America with record-breaking organic volumes in the company’s Asia Pacific (38,000 rooms), Europe (17,000 rooms), Caribbean and Latin America (more than 9,000 rooms), and Middle East and Africa (8,000 rooms) regions. Additionally, in 2019, Marriott International debuted its first hotels in four additional countries – Cyprus, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan and Latvia.

Company extends its lead in luxury

Marriott International did a record-breaking number of deals for its global luxury hotel brands, bolstering its lead in this high-value segment. In 2019, the company signed 42 luxury projects in 27 countries and territories, while opening or converting 34 properties such as The St. Regis Venice, W Dubai – The Palm, The West Hollywood EDITION and The Ritz-Carlton, Pune. As the company focuses on expanding its leading luxury footprint, it is revitalizing W Hotels. Last year, the company purchased the W New York – Union Square, with plans to transform the property into a showcase for the brand’s future look.

Successful all-inclusive launch

Last August, Marriott launched its all-inclusive platform to bring its brands, scale and trusted service to this growing, global vacation segment. Less than six months after its launch, the company has signed seven management and franchise agreements for all-inclusive properties representing nearly 3,200 rooms. Among the all-inclusive projects in development are an 800-room Marriott Hotels resort in Jamaica and a 240-room Ritz-Carlton resort in Mexico. The company last year also completed its acquisition of Elegant Hotels Group, which consists of seven hotels and 588 rooms located on the picturesque island of Barbados.

Affordable lifestyle hotel brands buoy company growth

Catering to the next generation of travelers, the company’s AC by Marriott, Aloft and Moxy brands opened nearly 10,000 rooms in 2019. Combined, these brands represent more than 65,000 open rooms in 44 countries and territories, including new hotels in Greece, Ireland, Jamaica, Latvia, Nepal and Switzerland. The company signed nearly 24,000 rooms across the AC by Marriott, Moxy and Aloft brands during the year – with record room signings for both AC by Marriott and Moxy.

Note on Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, including the number of properties the company may add in the future, the company’s growth prospects in future years and similar statements concerning possible future events or expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including changes in market conditions; changes in global and regional economies; supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industries; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance growth and refurbishment; and other risk factors that the company identifies in its most recent annual report on Form 10-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply here. We make these statements as of the date of this press release, and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,300 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 134 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy™, its highly-awarded travel program with 141 million members globally. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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Hilton Growth Soars During Company’s Centennial Year (2019)

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NOTE: This article is almost entirely poached from a January 28, 2020 article in hotelnewsresource.com

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced that its centennial year featured record-breaking growth, awards for its inclusive workplace culture, and continued recognition of positive community impact.

“Throughout the last 100 years, Hilton has had a tremendous positive impact on billions of lives across the globe,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president & chief executive officer, Hilton. “As we look toward the future, we will continue to prioritize sustainable and inclusive growth, enabling us to further strengthen the collective impact we have on the people and communities we serve.”

In 2019, Hilton achieved 6.6 percent net unit growth by adding nearly 470 hotels and reaching 6,110 properties globally with more than 971,000 rooms in 119 countries and territories. The company also grew its development pipeline to more than 387,000 rooms across 15 of its brands, supported by more than 116,000 rooms approved in 72 countries and territories. In addition, Hilton achieved a new construction start record of nearly 87,000 rooms.

“Hilton’s growth and performance are a testament to our resilient business model,” said Kevin Jacobs, chief financial officer, Hilton. “In addition to our record-breaking growth across approvals, construction starts and net units, we are delivering on our commitment to serve any guest, anywhere in the world, for any travel need.”

Record Growth: Effect on Economies

  • Opened more luxury properties than in any previous year in its 100-year history, adding 11 hotels across Hilton’s luxury brands Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts
  • Unveiled Signia by Hilton, a dynamic meetings-and-events-focused brand that will transform the industry for meeting professionals and sophisticated business travelers, located in top urban and resort destinations including Orlando, Atlanta and Indianapolis
  • Expanded presence in Africa to more than 100 hotels trading or under development, including bringing two new brands to Africa with the Hampton by Hilton Sandton Grayson and the Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof
  • Opened the Hampton by Hilton and grew the brand pipeline to the largest ever; Tru by Hilton also continued its rapid growth, reaching more than 115 open hotels since its 2016 launch
  • LXR Hotels & Resorts debuted in Europe and the Americas with The Biltmore Mayfair, LXR Hotels & Resorts and Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa – LXR Hotels & Resorts respectively; Motto by Hilton reached 10 hotels under development
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton celebrated its property opening, first hotel in the Caribbean and 30thanniversary of the brand; Home2 Suites by Hilton opened its property; Embassy Suites by Hilton marked its anniversary

Travel with Purpose: Effect on Communities

  • Launched The Hilton Effect Foundation, dedicated to creating a better world to travel
  • Named the global industry leader in sustainability on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), the most prestigious ranking for corporate responsibility
  • Recognized as the only hospitality company on Fortune’sChange the World list for the second year in a row
  • Named to climate change “A-List” by the environmental impact nonprofit CDP
  • Expanded decade-long soap recycling program, already the largest in the hospitality industry, to more than 5,300 properties in 70 countries and territories
  • Exceeded Open Doors pledge to connect, prepare or employ one million young people by 2019
  • Invested in local communities by contributing nearly 550,000 volunteering hours at nearly 10,500 events and expanding food donation initiative to all Hilton managed hotels in the U.S. and Canada

Customer Innovations: Effect on Guests

  • Welcomed 178 million guests at its properties worldwide and the 100 millionth Hilton Honors member, growing the award-winning loyalty program by 21 percent to more than 103 million members at year-end
  • Launched a first-of-its-kind travel and hospitality partnership with Lyft, allowing Hilton Honors members to earn and redeem Hilton Honors Points when they ride with Lyft
  • Achieved record numbers of package redemptions through the Hilton Honors Experiences Platform, and hosted intimate music events via an expanded partnership with Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company
  • Partnered with iHeartRadio to allow guests to stream live radio stations, thousands of music playlists and podcasts directly from their TVs through Hilton’s high-tech Connected Room guest technology platform
  • Became the first hospitality company to participate in research aboard the International Space Station, when the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie became the first food baked in space inside a prototype oven as part of a landmark microgravity experiment

Employee Innovations: Effect on Team Members

  • Named #4 Top 50 Company for Diversity by DiversityInc and received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the seventh consecutive year
  • Celebrated anniversary with more than 420,000 Team Members** and created more than 25,000 new jobs worldwide***
  • Achieved five-year target of hiring 30,000 veterans, military spouses and caregivers, and expanded military-friendly commitment by pledging to make 25,000 additional hires by 2025, while also enhancing training and development opportunities

*Industry data from STR
** Corporate, owned, managed and franchised employees globally
***As a result of opening properties across Hilton’s portfolio

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Dominant New Springhill Suites by Marriott Coming to Harrisburg’s West Shore

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Yesterday marked the end of an era for the former Pomeroy’s/Bon Ton department store just off Route 15 in Cumberland County. One of the best retail locations in the entire market, this store finally closed when Bon Ton closed all of its stores last year.

The site, which also includes Bonefish Grille and Texas Roadhouse restaurants, was acquired by the Lower Allen Township Redevelopment Authority to breathe new life into this highly visible location. 

Springwood is excited to be developing a 124-room Springhill Suites by Marriott on this site. New retailers will also be joining the development. We are thrilled about the prospects for this new retail space, as upscale, conveniently located commercial locations are scarce on the west shore. We believe good things will happen here.

You can view the Penn Live Article here, which also includes a video of the demolition.

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Home2 Suites by Hilton Harrisburg North Opens

copy-of-home2-suites-by-hilton-york-exterior-1151004Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton Harrisburg North. Designed for travelers who want to maintain their normal routines, the hotel features 107 suites and a range of value, tech-focused and eco-conscious amenities. Home2 Suites by Hilton Harrisburg North complements the growth of the Harrisburg/Hershey tourism and its location gives guests a balance of city/rural living with many opportunities to explore the Susquehanna Valley.

Owned by UD Hotels, LLC and managed by Springwood Hospitality, Home2 Suites by Hilton Harrisburg North offers all-suite accommodations with fully-accessorized kitchens and modular furniture, providing guests the flexibility to customize their suite to their style and preference. The hotel features complimentary internet, inviting communal spaces and trademark Home2 Suites amenities such as Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area, Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items and the Inspired Table, a complimentary daily breakfast that includes more than 400 potential combinations. Guests can enjoy an indoor saline pool, fire pit and grill area for gathering spaces. Home2 Suites by Hilton Harrisburg North is pet-friendly.

Located at 2450 Brindle Drive, next to the Shoppes at Susquehanna, Home2 Suites by Hilton Harrisburg North offers guests convenient access to downtown Harrisburg, the State Capitol Building and Museum, National Civil War Museum, Midtown Arts Center, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center and more. Home2 Suites by Hilton Harrisburg North is also five minutes from the beautiful Susquehanna River where guests can enjoy gorgeous sunsets on the river with a walking path along Front Street or catch a minor league baseball game at FNB Field.

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The Wilbur Lititz (PA) Tapestry Collection by Hilton Opens Today

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Congratulations to the Springwood opening crew and to the ownership group on the opening of the newest luxury Hilton hotel – today!

This property is part of a charming mixed-use development that will thrill guests for years to come. What a great location for a business meeting or a wedding reception! Luxury condos, a fabulous restaurant, cute shops, great conference areas, and one-of-a-kind guest rooms in a luxury hotel comprise what “mixed use” is truly meant to be.

We at Springwood consider it a privilege to be an important part of this exciting project.

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