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Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Makes Its Debut In Mexico »

April 15, 2014 at 10:10AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

April 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-trampoline, walled playing court, has officially announced the grand opening of Sky Zone Mexico City. This is the indoor trampoline park's first venture in Mexico, expanding the brand's footprint to a total of four countries: the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia.
Sky Zone currently has more than 55 opened locations, 90 additional parks under development and 35 which are projected to open by the end of 2014. Sky Zone Mexico City'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 high-flying dodgeball competition...

Want To Win Five New Games In April? Enter The Pwnit! And Play N Trade Vote N Win Sweepstakes »

April 15, 2014 at 8:13AM PDT | Source: Play N Trade

April Vote 'N' Win Features 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and Trials Fusion
Los Angeles, Calif. (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - Pwnit! Inc and Play N Trade's April Vote N Win Sweepstakes is accepting entries at http://www.pwnit.com. Videogame retailer Play 'N' Trade sponsors the monthly contest on the popular game clip sharing website, which offers a chance of winning a 5-game prize pack of games for anyone that votes on a video ladder.
Titles on offer for April include:

MLB®: The Show™ © Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC ARV $60.00
The Elder Scrolls® Online by Bethesda Softworks LLC © ZeniMax Media, Inc. ARV $60.00
LEGO® The Hobbit™ © The LEGO Group and Warner Bros...

Hilton Worldwide Announces First Hotel In Haiti With Development Of Hilton Garden Inn »

April 11, 2014 at 5:54AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

New Hotel in Port-au-Prince Expected to Open in 2016
April 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a management agreement with CAB, S.A. to operate the new build Hilton Garden Inn Port-au-Prince Louverture Airport. Scheduled to open in 2016, this new Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Haiti will introduce the Hilton Garden Inn brand to the Caribbean and debut the company's first hotel in Haiti.
"We are excited the Hilton Garden Inn brand continues to grow around the world and we are looking forward to opening in Port-au-Prince," said Adrian Kurre, global brand head, Hilton Garden Inn. "Value-conscious guests will enjoy their stay with an award-winning upscale and affordable hotel experience with superior amenities at an affordable price...

Amsterdam And Budapest Emerging As The Epicenter Of European River Cruising »

April 10, 2014 at 10:47AM PDT | Source: Cruise Holidays

Southeast Asia has the most popular river cruise destinations outside of Europe; Bangkok, Thailand, is the top "emerging" river cruise destination.
April 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // Plymouth, MN - With Europe's 2014 river cruising season underway, and a record number of river cruise ships traversing the historic waterways, Cruise Holidays International has released new data indicating Amsterdam and Budapest are now the most popular river cruise destinations its agencies have booked across Europe this year. In addition, Southeast Asia has the most booked river cruise destinations outside of Europe. The information shared by Cruise Holidays is based on actual bookings by its network of cruise travel agencies for river cruises departing in 2014, as of April 8th, 2014...

Benefits Of Owning An Award-Winning Cruise Planners Travel Franchise »

April 09, 2014 at 11:37AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners–American Express Travel is the highest-ever ranking franchise on Entrepreneur's Annual Franchise 500 List; Here's why
April 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Cruise Planners-American Express Travel, the nation's largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry, continues to edge out its competition and this year has launched its way into the No. 19 spot on Entrepreneur's Annual Franchise 500 List – the highest ever in the "Travel Industry" category.
"People who have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for travel make successful Cruise Planners franchisees," said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners–American Express Travel. "Our franchisees are set up for success from day one with our award-winning marketing initiatives, cutting-edge training and technology, and talented Home Office team with a proven track record of excellence...

Fast-growing Premier Craft Beer Destination 'The Brass Tap' Arrives In Oldsmar, Florida »

April 09, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: The Brass Tap

Oldsmar, FL (PRWEB) April 09, 2014 - The demand for local craft beers has exploded in recent years and Oldsmar has just jumped aboard!
Tampa, Florida-based The Brass Tap has opened its doors this week with dozens of beers, premium wines, and tasty food to serve. "We are proud to introduce The Brass Tap to Oldsmar," said owner Vik Patel. "Oldsmar is a great community and we're excited to bring an upscale craft beer experience to our community."
The 2,800-square-feet square foot upscale beer bar offers over 70 taps of beer and 250 import, domestic, and local beers in bottles and cans. At all times, more than a dozen of our taps are dedicated to serving Florida craft beers. The beer list will rotate, and the latest brews in house will be highlighted on the bar's Facebook page...

Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Airport Hosts Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony And Grand Re-Opening »

April 08, 2014 at 4:18AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

KENNER, La. - April 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Hilton Garden Inn® is the global brand of award-winning, value-focused and dependable hotels. Guests of all Hilton Garden Inn hotels count on a great hotel experience - at a price that's affordable - with all the amenities they deserve. The Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Airport is committed to this innovative approach to products, amenities and service, and, in an effort to stay true to this culture, has recently completed over $2 million in renovations. The property, managed by KELA Associates LLC, an operating affiliate of GF Management, will host an official ribbon cutting ceremony and grand re-opening on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 11 AM.
Guests of the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Airport hotel will be most impressed by the complete lobby renovation and layout change, which, as part of a system-wide program, underwent the brand's "Project Grow" design initiative...

Cruise Planners Answers “Is Franchising The Right Choice?” »

April 01, 2014 at 4:14AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Owning a Business is Not for Everyone, so Cruise Planners Explores what Opportunities are Ahead for Travel Entrepreneurs
April 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the cruise industry, believes its work-from-home franchise model is a good investment.
"When you invest in a Cruise Planners franchise, you are starting your own business, with the support of travel industry experts with tried and true techniques," said CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, Michelle Fee. "At Cruise Planners, we are constantly reinventing ourselves so our franchise owners are successful – and it’s working...

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Opens In Charleston, S.C. »

March 27, 2014 at 9:36AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

March 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park will open its doors in Charleston, S.C. to offer a thrilling experience for the whole family atop a court of connecting trampolines on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.  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 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...

Cruise Planners-American Express Travel Launches Mobile-Friendly Websites »

March 27, 2014 at 7:55AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) March 27, 2014 - Cruise Planners - American Express Travel, the nation's largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry, has launched mobile versions of more than 900 websites in its network. Accessible from any web-enabled phone or smartphone, the sites connect travel customers with their Cruise Planners travel agent from any location.
"At Cruise Planners, we are always thinking of the next big thing," said Vicky Garcia, COO at Cruise Planners. "We know consumers are using their mobile devices to purchase vacations, research travel plans and interact with their valued travel advisor, and we just made it easier and faster."
Travel companies are increasingly using mobile channels to satisfy customers' needs before, during and after their trips, according to the recent World Travel Market Global Trends Report...

Pinot's Palette Wins National Award For Franchisee Satisfaction »

March 26, 2014 at 7:30AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

Franchise Business Review Posts Recent Pinot's Palette Above Average Survey Findings Online
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Pinot's Palette, a national franchise that's part art studio/part wine bar, scores high in franchisee satisfaction, according to a recent survey conducted by independent research firm Franchise Business Review.
The survey asked franchisees questions related to training and support, system communication, franchisor/franchisee relations, financial opportunity, business lifestyle, and overall satisfaction with their business. Eighty-eight percent of Pinot's Palette franchisees participated in the Franchise Business Review satisfaction survey. The full results are available at www.FranchiseBusinessReview...

Hilton Garden Inn Opens Doors In Lawton »

March 25, 2014 at 11:59AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

162-Room Hotel is the Ninth Hilton Garden Inn Property to Debut in Oklahoma
March 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // LAWTON, Okla. and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide's award-winning brand of upscale yet affordable hotels, announced the opening of the 162-room Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Fort Sill, representing an addition to the brand's growing portfolio of more than 570 hotels worldwide. The new Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Fort Sill is owned by Lawton Lodging, LLC and managed by HarHos Management.
Located in the heart of Lawton's newly revitalized business district, Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Fort Sill offers easy access to Fort Sill, Central Mall, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Cameron University.
"Located in a centralized location to many of the area's attractions and businesses, Hilton Garden Inn Lawton - Fort Sill will ensure our guests experience the best of the Southwest Oklahoma," said Larry Byroad, General Manager...

Hilton Garden Inn Opens Doors In Pascagoula »

March 24, 2014 at 12:33PM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

119-Room Totel is the Tenth Hilton Garden Inn Property to Debut in Mississippi
March 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // PASCAGOULA, Miss. and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide's award-winning brand of upscale yet affordable hotels, announced the opening of the 119-room Hilton Garden Inn Pascagoula, representing an addition to the brand's growing portfolio of more than 570 hotels worldwide.
The new Hilton Garden Inn Pascagoula is owned by LaFont Inn, LLC and managed by Innisfree Hotels, Inc.
Situated just minutes from Interstate 10, numerous engineering and shipbuilding companies and only a short drive from area beaches and casinos, the Hilton Garden Inn Pascagoula provides the amenities to ensure guests have everything they need whether traveling for business or pleasure...

Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport Completes 36-room Hotel Expansion  »

March 24, 2014 at 11:13AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

PORTLAND, Maine - March 18, 2014 - Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport has announced the completion of its lobby renovation.
As part of the renovation, a 36-room expansion, including two large junior suites, was added to the existing 88-room hotel at 145 Jetport Blvd. Additional improvements will continue with upgrades in all existing rooms, public space including a new lobby bar and additional meeting space.
"The renovations recently completed at the Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport will ensure our guests have a highly satisfying stay overall," said Shannon Moore, general manager. "Our comfortable guest rooms and amenities such as the Garden Sleep System®, the ergonomic desk chair and our cooked-to-order breakfast appeal to all travelers-no matter the trip occasion...

Hiton Worldwide Continues Growth In Saudi Arabia »

March 24, 2014 at 9:45AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

Award Winning Hilton Garden Inn Brand to Enter Al Jubail In 2016
DUBAI, UAE & MCLEAN, Va. - March 16, 2014 - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a management agreement with prominent local investors Faisal Al-Ansari Contracting, to introduce a Hilton Garden Inn hotel to the largest industrial city in the Middle East - Al Jubail in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ("KSA"). The hotel is expected to open in 2016.
Located in the industrial heartland of KSA's Eastern Province on the Arabia Sea, the new-build 125-room Hilton Garden Inn Al Jubail will enjoy a prime site on the developing Al Jubail Corniche. With excellent accessibility to the city's commercial business district and industrial zones, the hotel is also easily accessible from the nearest major international airport, King Fahd International Airport...

World Of Beer & CBA Partner For Epic Craft Beer Adventure »

March 24, 2014 at 9:37AM PDT | Source: World of Beer

Popular Craft Beer Tavern Joins Craft Brew Alliance to Award Trip to Oregon Brewers Festival
March 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, FLA. – Craft beer lovers, prepare for takeoff. World of Beer (WOB),a rapidly-expanding network of beer-centric taverns known for over 500 craft brews from around the world, craft spirits and Tavern Fare, is giving customers the opportunity to win the ultimate beer lover's getaway. World of Beer is partnering with Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) for a new program through which loyalty members enter for the chance to win a trip to the Oregon Brewers Festival. The program will run March 24 - April 20, 2014. Winners will be announced on April 29, 2014.
"We are excited to be partnering with Craft Brew Alliance, who represents three of the pioneering craft beer brands," said WOB Director of Brewer & Distributor Relations Marc Sawyer...

Hilton Garden Inn Continues Expansion In Indonesia »

March 24, 2014 at 7:36AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Worldwide Signs Agreement to Develop Second Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Bali
BALI, Indonesia and MCLEAN, Va. - March 10, 2014 - Just a week after signing the first Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Bali, Indonesia, Hilton Worldwide today announced their management agreement with PT. Mastapa Garden to open Hilton Garden Inn Bali - Kuta which is scheduled to open in 2016. The four-story Hilton Garden Inn hotel, with 125 rooms and well-equipped facilities, will be located in Kuta, the destination island's popular precinct.
"The signing of this Hilton Garden Inn management agreement in Bali reinforces our commitment to continue our expansion in Indonesia with a firm effort to establish our brands in new markets," said Andrew Clough, senior vice president, development, Middle East & Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide...

Sky Zone Awards Franchise In Little Rock »

March 21, 2014 at 10:28AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

March 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-trampoline walled playing court, has awarded its newest franchise in Little Rock, Ark., with plans to open their doors in May 2014. The brand new 25,000 square foot facility will include an open jump court, three Ultimate Dodgeball courts, a SkySlam basketball court, SkyRobics exercise program and a foam zone.
"Since our inception in 2004, Sky Zone has entertained, excited and evolved family entertainment while infusing active fun into a healthy lifestyle," said Jeff Platt, president of Sky Zone LLC. "As we look to expand in Little Rock, we are pleased to offer residents a new twist on recreational activities. Our goal is to have fans in every city nationwide jumping for joy!"
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering residents of Little Rock and the surrounding area the ultimate 3-D play experience...

Pat Sajak's Great American Deals, A New Hyper-Local Online Daily Deal Platform, Officially "Opens For Business" »

March 21, 2014 at 4:05AM PDT | Source: Great American Deals
Great American Deals Opportunities Available

Company Announces Nationwide Sale of Franchise Opportunities
March 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Los Angeles, CA - March 21st, America's Favorite Television Host Invites Investor-Entrepreneurs with Strong Community Ties to Help Drive Success of New Neighborhood-based Online Retail Offering that "Pays It Forward" with a Charity Twist Television personality and savvy businessman Pat Sajak is looking for energetic, self-starting entrepreneurs to join him in taking a new daily deal website concept to communities across America. It's called Great American Deals – a hyper-local online shopping website that focuses on individual neighborhoods versus larger metropolitan territories and offers daily discounted deals designed to keep consumer spending within the immediate community, and in the pockets of nearby retailers...

Sky Zone Awards Franchise In Albany N.Y. »

March 18, 2014 at 10:35AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

ALBANY, N.Y. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-trampoline, walled playing court, announces its newest franchise located at Simmons Park in Menands, N.Y. Franchise Partner, Colleen Fitzgerald, opened two successful parks in Detroit, Mich. and is excited to open a Sky Zone location in her native town of Albany. With plans to open Sky Zone's doors in Summer 2014, the new 25,000 square foot facility will include an Open Jump Court, Ultimate Dodgeball courts, SkySlam Basketball court and a Foam Zone.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering residents of Albany 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 and Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on a favorite childhood pastime...



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