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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...

Sky Zone Awards Franchise In Wallingford »

September 25, 2014 at 11:03AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First All-Trampoline Walled Playing Court Is Coming To Town
WALLINGFORD, CT - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces it has awarded its newest franchise in Wallingford, with plans to open their doors in early November of this year. For a WoW experience, the brand new 25,000 square foot facility will include an Open Jump Court, two Ultimate Dodgeball courts, a SkySlam Basketball court, SkyRobics and a Foam Zone.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering residents of Wallingford the ultimate awesome 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...

Baymont Inn & Suites Opens 350th Hotel »

September 25, 2014 at 8:21AM PDT | Source: Baymont Inn

Midscale Brand More Than Triples in Size
PARSIPPANY, NJ - (Marketwired - September 25, 2014) - As an indication of the brand's rapid growth and increasing interest in new construction development, Baymont Inn & Suites®, part of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), today announced the opening of its 350th hotel, a new-construction, 71-room property in Odessa, Texas.
The Baymont Inn & Suites Odessa is the most recent of several new-construction prototypical Baymont Inn & Suites properties that have opened in the last 12 months, including new hotels in Erie, Pennsylvania; San Angelo, Texas; Bellevue, Iowa; and Rapid City, South Dakota.
The brand, which consisted of 115 hotels when it joined the Hotel Group's portfolio in 2006, has more than tripled in system size thanks to consistent growth into new domestic markets...

Sky Zone Partners With Giuliana Rancic To Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month »

September 24, 2014 at 8:57AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Indoor Trampoline Park Launches Pink SkySock Initiative to Raise Funds for FAB-U-WISH in Partnership with The Pink Agenda
September 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, is teaming up with E! News host and breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic to raise money for her foundation FAB-U-WISH in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Instead of using the regular orange SkySocks for jumpers to wear while having a blast on the trampolines, Sky Zone is getting the jump on breast cancer by offering limited edition pink SkySocks during the month of October. For every pair of pink SkySocks sold at Sky Zone parks across the United States and Canada, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to FAB-U-WISH foundation in partnership with The Pink Agenda...

Wheel Fun Rentals Opens New Bike Rental Location At Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier »

September 24, 2014 at 5:15AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Santa Monica, CA - September 24, 2014 - (PR.com) - Wheel Fun Rentals has opened a new location at Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier, located within half a mile of the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Wheel Fun Rentals offers guests the opportunity to rediscover the joys of having some old-fashioned outdoor fun, providing classic men’s and women’s beach cruiser bikes for people of all skill levels to enjoy. Doors are now officially open at this brand new location.
"Over the course of our nearly 30 years of experience, we have learned that in today’s fast-paced world, people still want the simple pleasures of a day at the beach and having fun together," said Al Stonehouse, President and CEO of Wheel Fun Rentals. "We offer a way for customers to get outside, turn off the electronics, leave the car behind, and spend time together having fun and experiencing their surroundings...

Wheel Fun Rentals To Host 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch At Veterans Memorial Park In Richfield »

September 22, 2014 at 4:25AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Richfield, MN - September 20, 2014 - (PR.com) - Bring the whole family out to Wheel Fun Rentals' 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch, open every Saturday and Sunday, from September 20th to October 26th, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, located at Wheel Fun Rentals at Malt-Tees in Veterans Memorial Park. Enjoy carnival-style games and activities, included in the cost of admission, and a full food and drink menu available for purchase. Weave through the Pumpkin Patch on one of Wheel Fun Rentals' iconic four-wheel Surrey cycles that seat the whole family.
Activities include mini golf, inflatable obstacle courses, a bounce house, hay rides, and other various carnival-style games and contests. Sort through farm-grown pumpkins of all shapes and sizes to find the perfect jack-o'-lantern...

Christian Flaesch Is Appointed Senior Vice President Safety And Security Of The Accor Group »

September 19, 2014 at 7:37AM PDT | Source: Accor North America

Paris, September 15, 2014 - Christian Flaesch is joining the Accor group as Senior Vice president Safety and Security. His key assignments will be to head up the Group's safety and security policy, to develop preventive measures regarding employees and properties and to coordinate prevention and risk management.
He will report to Sven Boinet, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Transformation, Human Resources and Legal Affairs.
Christian Flaesch is 56 years old. He graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Police (National Police College) in Saint-Cyr-au-Mont-d'Or, and holds a D.E.A. (French post-graduate diploma) in criminal law and criminal science (University Paris I).
An auditor of the 10th national session of the Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Sécurité Intérieure (Institute of Advanced Studies in Internal Security), Christian Flaesch boasts more than 30 years of experience in safety and security and has spent his entire career with French law enforcement authorities...

Wheel Fun Rentals To Open New Bike And Specialty Cycle Rental Location At Holiday Inn Express In Port Hueneme »

September 19, 2014 at 4:34AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Oxnard, CA - September 19, 2014 - (PR.com) - Wheel Fun Rentals is opening a new location at the Holiday Inn Express, located right in the heart of Port Hueneme in Oxnard. Wheel Fun Rentals offers guests the opportunity to rediscover the joys of having some old-fashioned outdoor fun, providing activities and rental equipment for people of all ages and skill levels. Doors officially open at this brand new location on Friday, September 19th.
"Over the course of our nearly 30 years of experience, we have learned that in today's fast-paced world, people still want the simple pleasures of a day at the beach and having fun together," said Al Stonehouse, President and CEO of Wheel Fun Rentals. "We offer a way for customers to get outside, turn off the electronics, leave the car behind, and spend time together having fun and experiencing their surroundings...

Wheel Fun Rentals To Host Surrey Races At Richfield's "Bike To The Market Day" »

September 18, 2014 at 5:03AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Richfield, MN - September 18, 2014 - (PR.com) - This Saturday, September 20th, Wheel Fun Rentals at Malt-Tees will be one of a few businesses sponsoring Richfield's "Bike to the Market Day" at Veterans Memorial Park. The event is part of the weekly Richfield Farmers Market, and will take place at the Veterans Memorial Park Picnic Shelter on the corner of 64th St. East and Portland Ave. South. From 8:00 AM to noon, guests can take part in unique Surrey obstacle course races, free of charge. Wheel Fun Rentals will be providing their iconic four-wheel Surrey cycles that seat the whole family, so make sure everybody comes ready to pedal.
"We're excited about the opportunity to partner with the Richfield Farmers Market to promote healthy living," said Rodney Knight, local Owner of Wheel Fun Rentals at Malt-Tees...

Cruise Planners Lauded With Nine Travel Weekly Magellan Awards »

September 17, 2014 at 11:26AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, receives nine coveted Magellan Awards for top travel-industry tools, campaigns and programs.
September 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - This year, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation's largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the industry has received nine Magellan Awards for the brand's superior training program, innovative marketing, e-newsletter tool for agents and travel insurance program. The awards recognize top travel organizations worldwide and honor Cruise Planners' outstanding work with a high standard of excellence within the travel industry.
"We are constantly dreaming up ways on how to improve our service offerings, our top-notch training and our marketing support for our franchisees," said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative...

Sky Zone Awards Franchise In Franklin »

September 16, 2014 at 9:38AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First All-Trampoline Walled Playing Court Is Coming To Town
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // FRANKLIN, TN - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces it has awarded its newest franchise in Franklin with plans to open their doors in early 2015. For a WoW experience, the brand new 29,000 square foot facility will include an Open Jump Court, four Ultimate Dodgeball courts, a SkySlam Basketball court, SkyRobics classes, a SkyCafe for refreshments, and a Foam Zone.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering residents of Franklin 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 SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Electric Vehicle Program Introduced At Several Hampton Hotels In New York's Capital City Of Albany »

September 16, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

GE, Hertz and Skychargers team up with Hilton Worldwide to expand local sustainability efforts at start of National Drive Electric Week
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // ALBANY, N.Y. and MCLEAN, Va. – Several Albany-based Hampton hotels are making eco-conscious travel more of a reality with electric vehicle (EV) charging stations now offered upon booking, just in time for National Drive Electric Week.
The program, called Green Electric Vehicle, launched as a pilot at four Hampton hotels in Albany and is in the process of branching out to other Hilton Worldwide hotels in the U.S. The initiative allows travelers to book a room at a participating Hilton Worldwide hotel and reserve a parking space with a Skychargers-managed GE charging station...

Attend The Franchise And Opportunities Expo In Atlanta And Stay At Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Galleria Hotel »

September 15, 2014 at 5:05AM PDT | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta-Galleria, located near Smyrna, GA, offers convenient lodging to exhibitors and guests attending The Franchise and Opportunities Expo at Cobb Galleria Centre September 13-14, 2014. 
ATLANTA, GA - September 13, 2014 /24-7PressRelease - The Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Galleria Hotel, near Smyrna, GA, offers convenient lodging to exhibitors and guests attending The Franchise and Business Opportunities Expo in Atlanta September 13-14, 2014. Georgia's largest business ownership event will be held at Cobb Galleria Centre. More than 120 franchises will be represented in many areas including restaurant, health, retail, childcare, and travel, leisure, and hospitality. Seminars will offer free legal, financial, and business planning advice to business owners...

Wheel Fun Rentals To Expand Shoreline Village Location In Long Beach »

September 15, 2014 at 4:33AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Wheel Fun Rentals Will Move Into All American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall and Offer Stand up Paddleboards and Segway Tours, in Addition to Specialty Bike Rentals and Bike Tours
Long Beach, CA - September 13, 2014 - PR.com) - Wheel Fun Rentals will be expanding its existing location at Shoreline Village in Long Beach. The building formerly known as the All American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall will soon be home to Wheel Fun Rentals' unique Surreys and specialty cycles. In addition to a large variety of bikes, stand ­up paddleboards and Segway tours will also be offered in the near future. Doors officially open at this new location on September 15th, 2014.
"We've been renting specialty cycles in Shoreline Village for over 14 years, but today we are very excited to announce our expansion, allowing us to offer even more recreational vehicles to Long Beach locals and visitors," said Al Stonehouse, President and CEO of Wheel Fun Rentals...

IHG Expands In Africa With First Hotel In Ethiopia »

September 09, 2014 at 12:03PM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

September 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with Tsemex Hotels and Business Plc to develop Crowne Plaza Addis Ababa. The 210-key hotel represents the entry of IHG into Ethiopia and adds to the company's growing presence in Africa.
Crowne Plaza Addis Ababa is situated near significant landmarks including the African Union headquarters, African Union Convention Centre, the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Convention Centre. It is also located close to one of the largest international communities in the city. The new hotel will feature an all-day dining restaurant, a speciality restaurant and a bar...

InterContinental® Hotels And Resorts Partners With Penfolds »

September 09, 2014 at 10:52AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

September 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces a new partnership with global wine company, Treasury Wine Estates, to offer a premium selection of wine from award-winning Australian marque Penfolds at more than 65 InterContinental hotels and resorts across Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA).
The collaboration will bring a great new selection of fine wines to hotel dinner tables and bars, enhancing dining experiences across the region.
InterContinental guests also can expect exciting new programmes and events specially tailored for the wine connoisseur in them, including exclusive wine flights, access to rare and limited wines and a bespoke wine list to match every dining occasion in each hotel...



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