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Howard Johnson Launches Nationwide Search For Stars Of 1960s' Campaign »

October 22, 2014 at 10:20AM PDT | Source: Howard Johnson

Celebrates 60 Years Of Hospitality By Reaching Out to Those Who Helped Put it on the Map
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – In celebration of 60 years of hospitality, the Howard Johnson® hotel chain today launched a nationwide search for former employees who were once featured in the brand's 1960s' "Spotlight on You" ad campaign, all with the hope of bringing them into the orange limelight one more time.
Howard Johnson 60th AnniversaryNow through December 31, 2014, Howard Johnson is asking for the public's help in locating and identifying approximately 14 former hotel and restaurant employees featured in the ads, which highlighted the brand's signature hospitality by sharing the stories of employees who assisted guests and customers in a variety of unique and challenging situations...

Pinot's Palette To Host Nationwide Fundraiser Benefitting The National Breast Cancer Foundation »

October 22, 2014 at 10:16AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Pinot's Palette, the fast-growing paint-and-sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, will host its a national fundraising event Friday, Nov. 7 benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF).
During the evening event, all Pinot's Palette studios nationwide will donate a minimum of $15 per seat reservation to NBCF. Several Pinot's Palette studios plan to donate even more contributions to NBCF.
Pinot's Palette President and Co-Founder Charles Willis says the partnership with NBCF is just one more way the company is giving back to the community through its "Painting It Forward" program.
"When planning this national fundraising effort, it was an easy decision on which cause it needed to be," said Charles Willis, Co-Founder and President of Pinot's Palette...

Red Roof Inn® Paving The Way In Digital Innovation »

October 20, 2014 at 11:46AM PDT | Source: Red Roof Inn

Five Gold Awards Solidify Brand's Leading Edge in Digital Landscape
October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // Columbus, Ohio – Red Roof Inn®, a leader in economy lodging and now at the forefront of digital innovation, has been awarded Gold for five of the most prestigious awards in the digital category. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), OMMA, US Search Awards, and Digiday's Sammy/Mobi Awards have all recognized the brand for its Flight Cancellation Coup campaign, a custom built flight-tracking technology enabled by mobile search.
On the heels of the harshest winter in decades, Red Roof teamed up with 360i to identify a key trend: Every day, 500 U.S. flights were being cancelled leaving 90,000 travelers stranded...

Sky Zone To Hire 100 Energetic People In Timonium »

October 20, 2014 at 8:38AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Sky Zone Timonium Set To Open All-Trampoline Park
October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // TIMONIUM, Md. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring more than 100 employees for its new park in Timonium, MD. Set to open in November, Sky Zone Timonium will become Maryland's second Sky Zone trampoline park with nearly 16,000 square feet of trampoline surface in a 28,000 square foot facility.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Timonium residents and visitors the ultimate 3-D play experience. The all-trampoline walled courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Chuck E. Cheese's Announces Acquisition Of Peter Piper Pizza »

October 16, 2014 at 11:41AM PDT | Source: Chuck E. Cheese's

CEC Entertainment, Inc. Purchases 147-store Pizza Chain from ACON Investments
IRVING, Texas - Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - CEC Entertainment, Inc. ("CEC"), the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment which operates 577 Chuck E. Cheese's stores, today announced that CEC has acquired Peter Piper Pizza ("Peter Piper"), a leading pizza and entertainment restaurant chain operating 32 company-owned locations and 115 franchises in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, from affiliates of private equity firm, ACON Investments, L.L.C. ("ACON") for an undisclosed sum.
CEC intends to continue the popular Peter Piper brand with operation of the current restaurants, in addition to implementing growth initiatives to expand Peter Piper nationally...

Wyndham Hotel Group Opens First Howard Johnson In Bangalore, India »

October 14, 2014 at 9:05AM PDT | Source: Howard Johnson

Agreement Calls for 35 Howard Johnson Hotels to Open in India by 2020
October 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // BENGALURU, India - Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today launched its first Howard Johnson® hotel in India at the IT city of Bengaluru.
The brand makes its entry into India with the Howard Johnson Bengaluru Hebbal, a 117-room mid-market, full service hotel conveniently located close to the Kempegowda International Airport and Manyata Embassy Business Park.
The opening is the first in a long-term development agreement with Unique Mercantile India Private Limited to bring 35 Howard Johnson properties to various markets in India within the next five years...

Sky Zone To Hire 100 Energetic People In Ocean Township »

October 14, 2014 at 4:42AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Sky Zone Ocean Township Set To Open Largest All-Trampoline Park
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring 100 employees for its new park in Ocean Township. Set to open in November, Sky Zone Ocean Township will become Monmouth County's first trampoline park with over 21,000 square feet of trampoline surface in a 35,000 square foot facility.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Ocean Township residents and visitors the ultimate 3-D play experience. The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball, SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour and Ultimate Volleyball, a new activity taking the popular sport to the next level...

Chief Legal Counsel For The Krystal Company Named A "Rising Star" »

October 13, 2014 at 7:06AM PDT | Source: Krystal Company, The

ATLANTA - Sept. 18. 2014 - The Krystal Company’s chief legal officer, Sloane Perras, was named a "Rising Star" by Atlanta’s top legal publication, The Daily Report. Each year, the editors handpick 40 lawyers under 40 who were highly recommended by their peers.
A cum laude graduate of University of Georgia School of Law, Perras started her legal career clerking for Chief Judge William T. Boyett of the Superior Court for the Conasauga Judicial Circuit. She previously served nearly six years in senior counsel roles at Aaron’s Inc. and Americold, and is licensed to practice law in five states. Perras joined The Krystal Company in May 2013 as its first general counsel.
"It is an honor to receive this respect from my colleagues, friends and associates," said Perras...

Discover Philadelphia's Haunted History On A Philly Segway Ghost Tour By Wheel Fun Rentals »

October 09, 2014 at 8:02AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Philadelphia, PA - October 09, 2014 - (PR.com) - Just in time for Halloween, Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Fun Rentals is now offering a "Philly Ghost Tour," during the month of October, that takes riders through the history of Philadelphia's supernatural past. This exclusive Segway tour includes stops at the home where Edgar Allan Poe wrote a few of his infamous short stories, the St. Peter's Church cemetery, and many other legendary destinations.
Philly Ghost Tours start from the Independence Visitor Center, located at 1 North Independence Mall West, and continue to the first stop on the tour, the President's House, home of the Liberty Bell, a historic landmark where Benedict Arnold's betrayal began. The second stop on the tour takes place at Independence Hall, home of the Clock Tower and often-sighted supernatural spirits...

Sky Zone To Hire 50 Energetic People In Fargo »

October 08, 2014 at 8:21AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Sky Zone Fargo Set To Open First All-Trampoline Park
FARGO, N.D. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring more than 50 employees for its new park in Fargo. Set to open this fall, Sky Zone Fargo will become North Dakota's first Sky Zone trampoline park with nearly 13,000 square feet of trampoline surface in a 19,000 square foot facility.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Fargo residents and visitors the ultimate active play experience. The all-trampoline walled courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime and Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball...

Hampton Hotels Celebrates 25 Years Of 100% Satisfaction Guarantee »

October 07, 2014 at 7:45AM PDT | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Silver Anniversary of Industry-Leading Initiative Marks the Gold Standard of "Hamptonality"
MCLEAN, Va. – October 7, 2014 – Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide's global brand of mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels, today announced the 25th anniversary of its industry-defining satisfaction commitment, the 100% Hampton Guarantee.
Invoked for anything from missed wake-up calls, a broken bottle of cologne, bedding too soft for a guest's tastes, or the late-night mooing of an un-milked cow, the unconditional money-back guarantee has seen not just millions of dollars in free room nights honored over the past quarter-century, but millions more saved as Hampton team members learned to "Be the Guarantee" and solve any issues before they become problems...

Louisville Segway Tours By Wheel Fun Rentals Offers Unique Perspective From Big Four Bridge »

October 03, 2014 at 5:21AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Louisville, KY - October 03, 2014 - (PR.com) - Now that the Big Four Bridge is completely open to the public, from both the Kentucky and Indiana sides of the Ohio River, Louisville Segway Tours by Wheel Fun Rentals invites you to see the Louisville skyline like you've never seen it before. From now until November 2nd, book your Louisville Segway Tour to experience the Big Four Bridge and the incredible views that it has to offer.
Louisville Segway Tours by Wheel Fun Rentals provides the only guided tour that crosses the iconic Big Four Bridge, giving tourists and local explorers exclusive views of Waterfront Park and the mighty Ohio River. Friendly and knowledgeable tour guides share historical facts and fun stories about points of interest along the route...

Sky Zone To Hire 75 Energetic People In Highland Heights »

October 02, 2014 at 8:37AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Sky Zone Highland Heights Set To Open First All-Trampoline Park In The City
October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Highland Heights, Ohio - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring over 75 employees for its new park in Highland Heights. Set to open early next month, Sky Zone Highland Heights will become the city's first trampoline park with nearly 18,000 square feet of trampoline surface in a 24,178 square foot facility.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Highland Heights residents and visitors the ultimate active play experience. The all-trampoline walled courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyFit, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Red Roof®: People On The Move »

October 02, 2014 at 4:01AM PDT | Source: Red Roof Inn

New Hires and Promotions
October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Columbus, Ohio – Red Roof Inn, a leader in the economy lodging sector, is on the move and so are its employees who are working hard and being rewarded for their innovation and efforts. The following are the most recent announcements and promotions:

Aaron Stenhoff, Vice President, Marketing & DigitalAaron, recently promoted from Director of Marketing & Digital at Red Roof to Vice President of Marketing & Digital, has over 15 years of experience in sales and marketing with 13 years of digital experience. For much of his career, he has been working in the travel industry. Outside of travel, Aaron has worked with brands such as In-N-Out Burger, Science Diet, and Pepsi...

Cruise Planners Celebrates National Cruise Vacation Month With Exclusive Deals And Multi-Tiered Marketing Campaign »

October 01, 2014 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners franchisees leverage month-long campaign to help drive cruise sales.
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) October 01, 2014 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation's largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the industry, has created a month-long celebration called World's Largest Cruise Event (WLCE). Cruise Planners has taken Cruise Lines International Association's (CLIA) National Cruise Vacation Week, which runs October 6-13, 2014, to the next level by offering incredible values and exclusive cruise promotions that are applicable for the entire month.
"At Cruise Planners, we always want to create complete marketing strategies that make Cruise Planners travel agents larger than life," said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative...

New Signings And Modular Room See Hilton Worldwide Set The Pace In Africa »

September 30, 2014 at 8:07AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

New fast build development unveiled for Hilton Garden Inn; Latest Hilton Garden Inn projects announced for Owerri and Abuja Airport in Nigeria 
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // ADDIS ABABA, and McLean, VA. - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of agreements to open a further two Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Nigeria, in the city of Owerri, and at Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. The announcement coincides with the Hilton Worldwide’s presence at the African Hotel Investment Forum 2014. Future growth is also expected to be fuelled with the unveiling of a new modular Hilton Garden Inn hotel build solution being introduced by the company for coming African projects.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe & Africa for Hilton Worldwide, said: "At Hilton Worldwide, we continually seek innovative ways to develop and operate our hotels, and our latest venture is no different...

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Opens In Charlotte »

September 29, 2014 at 8:33AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First Indoor Trampoline Park Opens New Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
CHARLOTTE, NC - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park will open its doors in Charlotte to offer a thrilling experience for the whole family atop a court of connecting trampolines. Specializing in Active Fun, the creator of the world's first indoor trampoline park has a variety of gravity defying activities that will get people of all ages jumping for joy. Beginning September 27th, residents are welcome to hop into Sky Zone to check out the wildly popular activity that has the whole country bouncing off the walls.
Sky Zone's wall-to-wall trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes. The innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar and Ultimate Dodgeball, a friendly and healthy dodgeball competition...

InterContinental New York Barclay Undergoes Extensive Renovation »

September 29, 2014 at 5:53AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

Iconic luxury hotel in the heart of Manhattan to undergo extensive renovation; hotel to be restored to become the luxury hotel of choice in New York.
ATLANTA – September 25, 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group ( IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announces that the InterContinental New York Barclay is now closed to commence the $175 million renovation, which was announced on 19 December 2013. The hotel recently checked out its last guest in preparation for the 18-month refurbishment, which will revitalize the landmark property into the Midtown East luxury hotel of choice for elite travelers.
"We are delighted to work with our partners, Constellation Barclay Holding US LLC, to manage the extensive renovation of our classic New York hotel," said Hervé Houdré, regional director of operations and general manager of the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel...

IHG® Signs InterContinental® Lisbon And Crowne Plaza® Porto »

September 29, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

September 22, 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies, has announced the signing of two flagship hotels in Portugal:
InterContinental® Lisbon and Crowne Plaza® Porto. Both properties will operate under management agreements between Hotelgal SA, a subsidiary of Global Hotels & Resorts, and IHG.
InterContinental Lisbon will open in just a few weeks' time and will undergo a phased refurbishment of the lobby and public areas. The property was built in 1984 as Le Meridien Hotel, before becoming the Tiara Park Atlantic Lisbon Hotel in 2008. Featuring 237 deluxe rooms, 78 executive rooms, 16 Suites, a fitness studio, 18 meeting rooms, delegate space and a spacious restaurant and bar, the hotel is set to become an icon of luxury in Lisbon's city centre...

Mobile Entertainment Franchise Brings Gamer's Paradise To Your Door »

September 26, 2014 at 4:38AM PDT | Source: Mobile Gaming Revolution

Looking to Further Transform the Video Game Industry, Mobile Gaming Revolution Launches National Expansion Plans
September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. – As hard as it may be to believe, there was once a time when video games were not life-like and an integral part of our lives and of the popular culture. Once upon a time, video games were a solitary pastime played on a box in the corner of a basement or at a dark, dingy arcade. These days, 24-foot mobile gaming theaters are becoming the norm and Mobile Gaming Revolution is leading the charge.
With two franchises and one company-owned location already amping up parties throughout Tampa Bay and Seattle, Mobile Gaming Revolution recently announced plans to bring its self-contained video gaming utopias to markets all across the country...



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