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Sky Zone Peoria Partners With Hopekids To Host Charity Event For Children With Life-Threatening Illnesses »

May 22, 2015 at 10:00AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

World’s First Trampoline Park Gives Kids Hope with a Morning Full of Fun
May 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // PEORIA, Ariz. - Sky Zone Peoria is hosting a charity event that will give children suffering from severe illnesses a chance to defy gravity and have some fun. The world’s first trampoline park will plan the fun-filled morning with help from HopeKids, an organization whose goal is to restore hope and transform the lives of children with serious medical conditions.
Sky Zone Peoria will open its doors to 150 children from HopeKids on Saturday May 30th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Children attending the event will be able to fly high and jump for free before the park’s doors open to the public. The kids will have full access to the facility and will be able to bounce on the Open Jump Court, play on the Ultimate Dodgeball courts, and flip into the giant Foam Pit that’s filled with 10,000 foam cubes...

IHG Expands Luxury Portfolio With InterContinental Resort In Chennai »

May 22, 2015 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

106-room InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort to be first resort to open under InterContinental brand in India.
May 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of world’s leading hotel companies, today announced the signing of the management agreement for InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort with Adyar Gate Hotels Limited.
When it opens later this year, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort will join InterContinental Mumbai Marine Drive to be the second hotel under the company's luxury brand in India.
The signing of the 106-room InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort follows closely behind the recently announced deal between IHG and Adyar Gate Hotels Limited for Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park...

Sky Zone Trampoline Park Welcomes Gaithersburg Residents To The Ultimate 3-D Play Experience »

May 22, 2015 at 7:14AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Trampoline Park Opens Its New Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
May 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park has opened in Gaithersburg 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. Residents are welcome to hop into Sky Zone Gaithersburg to check out the wildly popular activity that has the whole country bouncing off the walls!
Sky Zone’s all-walled 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...

Cruise Planners, An American Express Travel Representative, Named A 2015 Hot Franchise For Veterans™ »

May 22, 2015 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Top travel franchise company is a 2015 Hot Franchise for Veterans, according to GI Jobs, and is offering 30 Percent in savings to the military community.
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 - G.I. Jobs®, the premier resource for helping transitioning service members find success in civilian careers, released its 2015 Hot Franchises For Veterans™ just in time for Memorial Day. The list includes Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, as the top travel franchise business for veterans due to its focus on recruiting and training more franchisees with military experience. Aspiring “vetrepreneurs,” those active military and their families with a passion for travel can be their own boss, travel and sell the world with Cruise Planners...

Hilton Worldwide Revitalizes A Piece Of Chicago History With New Hampton Inn By Hilton »

May 21, 2015 at 3:56AM PDT | Source: Hampton By Hilton

Following a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation, the Historic Chicago Motor Club Building Comes Back to Life, Featuring One of the Few Remaining Art Deco Lobbies in the City
May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of Hampton Inn by Hilton Chicago Downtown/N Loop/Michigan Ave, its newest property to join Hampton by Hilton, the global brand of more than 2,000 mid-priced Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and Hampton by Hilton hotels. The new hotel is owned by Integrated Motor Club LLC, an affiliate of Murphy Asset Management (MAM), and managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts.
Formally the iconic Art Deco Chicago Motor Club building, the LEED Certified Hampton Inn by Hilton Chicago Downtown/N Loop/Michigan Ave is located at 68 East Wacker Place, one block south of the Chicago River...

World Of Beer Invites Beer Enthusiasts To Take #WOBTrips This Summer »

May 19, 2015 at 12:26PM PDT | Source: World of Beer

Taverns Will Provide Guests With Exclusive Beers and Prizes From Some of America’s Best Craft Breweries
May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tampa, FL - Summer is the ultimate season to gather with friends and embark on unique experiences - whether it’s drinking in the sights at your favorite brewery, enhancing your festival experience with some local suds or partaking in an early happy hour on a patio.
This summer, World of Beer (WOB) is encouraging everyone to take a beer trip, or as WOB likes to call it: a WOBTrip, which is any experience where friends come together to drink, share, discover and, most importantly, enjoy beer culture and craft beer.
Beginning June 1 through Aug. 31, WOB will be partnering with select breweries to cultivate one-of-a-kind experiences for guests including: exclusive beer offerings, in-tavern events and social sweeps that will send lucky recipients on their very own WOBTrips...

Sky Zone To Hire 120 Energetic People In Tampa »

May 18, 2015 at 8:56AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Sky Zone Tampa Set To Open Trampoline Park in the Neighborhood
TAMPA, Fla. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring more than 120 employees for its new park in Tampa, FL. Set to open in late June, Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Tampa 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 and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Rebounderz Promotes Coates To COO »

May 14, 2015 at 3:42AM PDT | Source: Rebounderz Franchise and Development

Joshua Coates Worked His Way To The C-Suite with Smart Ideas and Hard Work
May 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // SANFORD, Fla. – Joshua Coates is now the chief operating officer of Rebounderz Franchise and Development, the franchisors of Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena.
Coates began his Rebounderz career approximately eight years ago as an arena referee for Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena. He quickly earned a series of promotions and most recently served as Rebounderz Franchise and Development’s general manager.
“Josh’s addition to the corporate leadership team is a testament to his exceptional hard work and dedication to the growth and expansion of Rebounderz,” said CEO Mark Gurley. “Josh is a dedicated member of our leadership team with passion and innovative ideas that have directly contributed to our rapid growth...

Sky Zone Fishers Announces Philanthropic Partnership With NFL Alumni Association »

May 13, 2015 at 8:43AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Trampoline Park Hosts Dodgeball Tournament To Help Raise Money for Pediatric Cancer Research
May 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // FISHERS, Ind. - Sky Zone Fishers has formed a new partnership with the NFL Alumni Association that will benefit the Maddy Justice Keep On Shining Fund, an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research. The two organizations will work together in planning an Ultimate Dodgeball tournament that will donate a portion of the proceeds back to Maddy’s charity.
Members of the community are invited to register for the two-day Ultimate Dodgeball tournament on the Sky Zone Fishers trampolines on May 18th and May 20th from 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. The tournament will pit 12 eight-player teams against each other with each team captained by a former NFL player...

CEC Entertainment, Inc. Reports Financial Results For The 2015 First Quarter »

May 08, 2015 at 5:56AM PDT | Source: Chuck E. Cheese's

IRVING, Texas - May 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - CEC Entertainment, Inc. (the "Company") today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 29, 2015.
"While sales results at our Chuck E. Cheese's stores were challenging, we made progress in a number of important areas during the first quarter," said Tom Leverton, Chief Executive Officer. "It was the first quarter to have all members of our new executive leadership team in place. Working together, we introduced a new menu nationwide in April at our Chuck E. Cheese's locations to enhance our dining offering for kids and adults, and we launched an initiative to add Wi-Fi to all of our locations. The enhancements we are making at our Chuck E. Cheese's stores coincide with changes we are making in our marketing strategy, including a change in our primary marketing agency...

IHG And Dur Hospitality Announce First Hotel Under Master Development Agreement »

May 07, 2015 at 9:18AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

May 07, 2015 // Franchising.com // At the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the signing of a franchise agreement for the first Holiday Inn in Tabuk with Dur Hospitality Company (formerly Saudi Hotels and Resort Co or SHARACO).
The 83-room Holiday Inn Tabuk is the first hotel to be developed under the master development agreement (MDA) inked between IHG and DUR Hospitality Company last year. The MDA will see a number of Holiday Inn hotels developed across KSA over the next five years, significantly enhancing the brand's footprint in the Kingdom.
Located on Prince Fahed Bin Sultan Street, just three kilometres from Tabuk International Airport, Holiday Inn Tabuk takes the site of the current Makarim Tabuk Hotel...

Jump Up And Celebrate: Launch Trampoline Park Opens In Nashua, NH »

May 06, 2015 at 5:04AM PDT | Source: Launch Trampoline Park
Launch Trampoline Park Opportunities Available

Launch Trampoline Park is an indoor sports and family entertainment facility serving the greater Nashua area.
Nashua, NH (PRWEB) May 06, 2015 - Launch Corporation, LLC. is pleased to announce that Launch Trampoline Park (Launch) has opened its new Nashua location at 17 Tanguay Avenue. Owned and operated by Rick Arnold and Phil Morisseau, this will be the duo’s second Launch location in New England.
“We are extremely excited for Rick and Phil and their new team,” said Rob Arnold, founder, co-owner and CEO of Launch. “They have established great roots in their Norwood location and we look forward to seeing them continue to establish that positive growth in the greater Nashua area.”
Along with Rob Arnold, Launch was started by Ty Law, retired NFL cornerback and three-time Super Bowl Champion with the New England Patriots...

Sky Zone Announces Skyslam Madness Slam Dunk Contest Winners »

May 05, 2015 at 8:48AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Indoor Trampoline Park Awards Over $20,000 in Prizes to Four Talented Fans
May 05, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES, CA - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline park, announces the winners of the SkySlam Madness slam dunk competition that was held at Sky Zone locations across the Unites States, Australia and Canada.
From March 17th to April 5th, guests showcased their best high-flying moves in a tournament-style slam dunk competition for the opportunity to win one of four top prizes. The prizes included $10,000 and a one year jump pass; $5,000 and a six-month jump pass; $3,000 and a 3-month jump pass; and $1,000 and a one-month jump pass. Participants were able to share their creative side by posting their best slam dunk videos on social media, and fans voted on the finalists...

Sky Zone Awards Franchise In Fenton »

May 04, 2015 at 9:36AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Creator Of The World's First All-Walled Trampoline Playing Court Is Coming To Town
May 04, 2015 // Franchising.com // FENTON, Mo. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces it has awarded its newest franchise in Fenton, with plans to open its doors in fall of 2015. For a WoW experience, the brand new facility will include an Open Jump Court, Ultimate Dodgeball courts, SkySlam Basketball courts, and a giant Foam Pit. The new 30,000 square foot park will offer local families a better choice for entertainment and recreation by bringing this innovative concept to the rapidly growing community.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Fenton residents and visitors the ultimate play experience...

Mancini’s And Pinot’s Palette Open New Locations At Alameda South Shore Center »

May 04, 2015 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

Both tenants have signed a five year lease.
Alameda, California (PRWEB) May 04, 2015 - Alameda South Shore Center, a 594,000-square-foot open-air shopping destination that features a variety of nationally known and local retailers and restaurants, announces Mancini’s SLEEPWORLD, the premier place to buy a mattress in Northern California, and Pinot’s Palette, a national paint-and-sip franchise, have both signed five year leases.
Mancini’s is located in a new 7,541 square-foot location at Suite 1910 and Pinot’s Palette is located in a new 1,719 square-foot location at Suite 840. Both tenants are Bay Area residents that have been carefully considering the Alameda market for expansion; selecting South Shore Center for its prime location and shopper demographic...

Hilton Worldwide Strengthens Presence In Hawaii With First Hilton Garden Inn In Waikiki »

April 28, 2015 at 11:09AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

623-Room Hotel to Open in Waikiki in Early 2016
April 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // McLean, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced plans to open its first Hilton Garden Inn hotel on the island of Oahu, in the sought-after travel destination of Waikiki. The 623-guestroom Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach will be managed by Evolution Hospitality and is on track to open early in 2016 after undergoing extensive renovation.
“This hotel development marks a significant milestone for Hilton Worldwide as we expand our presence and diversify our accommodations options in Hawaii with the addition of our award-winning focused service brand, Hilton Garden Inn, in this renowned locale near the world-famous Waikiki Beach,” said Bill Fortier, SVP, development - Americas, Hilton Worldwide...

Sun Sentinel Names Cruise Planners Home Office To South Florida’s Top Workplaces »

April 28, 2015 at 9:25AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners recognized through employees’ surveys as top small business.
Coral Springs, Fla.- Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, was named to Sun Sentinel’s South Florida Top Workplaces. Cruise Planners proudly stands as one of the leaders in the business realm and its Home Office Team located in Coral Springs Florida, is dedicated to franchisee support though marketing, technology, training and full back-office support.
“It is a huge honor to be named a top workplace,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “We value our employees and create a family-like environment, which creates loyalty and breeds success...

CEC Entertainment, Inc. To Announce First Quarter 2015 Financial Results And Host Conference Call »

April 28, 2015 at 5:11AM PDT | Source: Chuck E. Cheese's

IRVING, Texas - April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - CEC Entertainment, Inc. (the "Company") today announced that it will release financial results for the first quarter 2015 after the market closes on Thursday, May 7, 2015.
The Company will host a conference call beginning at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on Friday, May 8, 2015. The call can be accessed by dialing (855) 743-8451 or (330) 968-0151 for international participants and conference code 23936487.
A replay of the call will be available from 12:00 p.m. Central Time on May 8, 2015 through midnight Central Time on May 15, 2015. The replay of the call can be accessed by dialing (800) 585-8367 or (404) 537-3406 for international participants and conference code 23936487.
Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws...

IHG® Unveils New External Employer Brand »

April 27, 2015 at 8:32AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

April 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies with operations in nearly 100 countries worldwide, has today announced the relaunch of its external facing Employer Brand. The new brand identity, ‘All of you at IHG’, has evolved from in-depth market research which revealed the importance of developing a user-friendly, engaging and interactive digital identity.
A core part of IHG’s strategy is to attract, retain and develop the very best talent. We also know from our 2015 Trends Report that in order to deliver true hospitality, we need to continually build Trust Capital in IHG and our brands. One of the ways in which we do this is by constantly evolving the way we communicate the value of working for IHG and of building a successful career in the hospitality industry...

Long Island City Welcomes Its First Hilton Garden Inn »

April 24, 2015 at 8:35AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

Views of the Manhattan Waterfront, access to businesses and cultural attractions bring extra appeal to the new upscale hotel.
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // LONG ISLAND CITY, NY and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide’s award-winning brand of upscale yet affordable hotels, today announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View, representing an addition to the brand’s growing portfolio of more than 600 hotels worldwide.
Hilton Garden Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View is owned by CVR Hotel LLC, and managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts, LLC. It is the brand's first property in Long Island City.
“We’re excited to provide guests the option to stay in Long Island City, a rapidly growing community only minutes away from Manhattan,” said Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn...



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