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Hilton Worldwide Brings Columbia, S.C. Its First Dual-Branded Property »

July 22, 2014 at 9:40AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

Historic Clarion Hotel Downtown to be Converted to Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites
July 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel in Columbia, S.C. Franchisee, Gervais Street Hotel, LLC and development and management company, CN Hotels, Inc., will rebrand, convert and expand the historic Clarion Hotel Downtown to a 110-room Hilton Garden Inn and 100-room Home2 Suites located at 1615 Gervais Street in Columbia.
This development is slated to open in 2016 and will join Hilton Worldwide’s current portfolio of 16 Hilton Worldwide dual-branded hotels.
"The signing of the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites Columbia Downtown marks a strategic implementation for us in a top market," said Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management, Hilton Worldwide...

Wheel Fun Rentals Offers Free Rentals To Nonprofit Organizations In The Greater New Orleans Area »

July 21, 2014 at 7:18AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

"Wednesdays with Wheel Fun Rentals"
New Orleans, LA - July 16, 2014 - Wheel Fun Rentals announces it will be offering FREE recreational rentals this summer to nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area! Between July 16th and August 27th, Wheel Fun Rentals will donate rental equipment, completely free of charge, to two charities every Wednesday. Officially named "Wednesdays with Wheel Fun Rentals," this program offers local charities their choice of bicycles, four-wheel Surreys, low-to-the-ground specialty cycles, or a variety of watercraft at Wheel Fun Rentals' City Park location in New Orleans. The program accommodates two nonprofit groups each Wednesday with up to 20 participants in each group. Reservations are required, and dates book up fast...

EagleRider Paves The Way For New Adventures In Australia »

July 21, 2014 at 5:10AM PDT | Source: EagleRider

LOS ANGELES - July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - EagleRider, the world's innovator and leading provider of motorcycle experiences, recently announced the latest addition to its international franchise expansion. By overwhelming popular demand, a new outlet has opened for motorcycle rental and tours in Mackay, Australia--marking the third expansion on the continent since the establishment of outlets in Sydney and Brisbane.
Chris McIntyre, EagleRider President and CEO, comments "The people of Australia have been great to us. We knew EagleRider Mackay would open up a world of possibilities for Queensland and beyond and we're excited to share our passion with more people ready to make their dreams come true."
From its ideal location near the airport and the renowned Great Barrier Reef, EagleRider Mackay will offer a huge selection of motorcycles and provide one-way rentals as well as both self-drive and guided tours throughout the region...

Sky Zone Awards Three Franchise Locations In Louisiana »

July 17, 2014 at 8:55AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

First Sky Zone All-Walled Trampoline Playing Courts to Open in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans
July 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline park, announced it has awarded its newest franchises in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans, La. with plans to open all locations in the next 18 months. With over 70 open locations, 90 additional parks under development and 20 which are projected to open by the end of 2014, Sky Zone is the ultimate WoW experience for teens, parents and kids to jump, leap and defy gravity on the patented trampoline playing court.
Sky Zone provides guests with the pure joy that comes with flying during activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines, Sky Slam which gives guests the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Sky Zone Awards Franchise In Sarasota »

July 15, 2014 at 4:28AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First All-Trampoline Walled Playing Court Is Coming To Town
July 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Sarsota, Fla. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, announced it has awarded its newest franchise in Sarasota with plans to open their doors in December 2014. For a WoW experience, the brand new 30,000 square foot facility, being built from the ground up will include courts for Open Jump, Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam, SkyRobics and a Foam Zone.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering residents of Sarasota 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...

Philadelphia Segway Tours By Wheel Fun Rentals Offers Private Corporate And Group Events »

July 14, 2014 at 5:23AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Add some adventure to corporate events, team building activities, conventions, holiday parties, and everything in between.
Philadelphia, PA, July 13, 2014 - (PR.com) - Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Fun Rentals is now offering a wide variety of activities to add to your next corporate or group event. Entertain your staff, enjoy an outing with clients, increase productivity with innovative team building activities, or celebrate a special day. Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Fun Rentals can provide a burst of excitement to any group event, from corporate meetings to bachelorette parties, and everything in between.
Segways can be used as the main attraction at your event, or a creative addition to an existing event. Get your executives on Segways as they make their way to the podium...

School Of Rock Appoints New CEO Dzana Homan To Meet Growing Demand For Quality Music Education »

July 11, 2014 at 5:27AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

Sterling Partners Portfolio Company Expected to Expand Programs, Services and Schools in the United States and Abroad
CHICAGO - July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - School of Rock, the national leader in performance-based music education, and its growth equity partner, Sterling Partners, announced today the appointment of Dzana Homan as the company's new Chief Executive Officer. Homan will lead School of Rock into its next phase of growth by leveraging her extensive career leading large franchise organizations, her experience as a franchisee, and her musical background. She will focus on expanding the company's global footprint, introducing new programs and services and forming industry partnerships to provide current and future students of all ages with additional instructional and performance-oriented music education opportunities...

Pinot's Palette Announces VetFran Membership »

July 11, 2014 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

Fast-Growing Paint-and-Sip Studio Gives Back to U.S. Veterans
July 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // Houston – Pinot's Palette, a fast-growing paint and sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, is pleased to announce that the company has recently partnered with VetFran, a program that helps U.S. military veterans locate franchise opportunities and provides a path toward business ownership with training, mentoring opportunities and financial assistance.
As a member of VetFran, Pinot's Palette will now offer veterans a 10 percent discount on its current franchise fee, reducing it to $22,500. Pinot's Palette President and Co-Founder Charles Willis says the partnership with VetFran is just one more way that the company is giving back to the community...

IHG Set To Expand In UAE Capital With Two New Hotels »

July 02, 2014 at 11:33AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

July 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announced the signing of two new hotels in Abu Dhabi which will mark the entry of a second InterContinental and second Holiday Inn property into the UAE capital.
A 20-year management agreement was signed with the National Corporation of Tourism and Hotels for InterContinental Abu Dhabi – Grand Marina. Located in close proximity to InterContinental Abu Dhabi, the new 184-key hotel will feature rooms and serviced apartments along with a range of exciting food and beverage and entertainment facilities. These include a Michelin star signature restaurant with a rooftop bar; a lounge and bar with a terrace and private dining rooms; a destination bar as well as a premium spa and pool...

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

July 02, 2014 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First Indoor Trampoline Park Opens First Nebraska Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
July 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // OMAHA, NE - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park opens in Omaha to offer a thrilling 3-D 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 today, residents are welcomed to hop into Sky Zone Omaha 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...

IHG Announces Multiple Dual-Branded Hotel Developments For The U.S. »

June 27, 2014 at 8:06AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

New Crowne Plaza® hotel in vibrant midtown Atlanta with plans for Staybridge Suites® property on top floors is first of several set to open over the next four years.
June 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] today announced plans for multiple dual-branded hotel developments across the U.S., with the first of them to open in Atlanta this week. Owned by AWH Partners, LLC, and operated by Spire Hospitality, the Atlanta hotel will be franchised by an affiliate of IHG. Located in the hometown of IHG Americas corporate headquarters, the 501-room Hotel Melia will convert to a Crowne Plaza hotel and will immediately undergo a total renovation, ultimately creating a 360-room Crowne Plaza hotel...

Cruise Holidays To Launch Inaugural 2014 Symposium, Highlighting Vancouver, British Columbia »

June 27, 2014 at 7:30AM PDT | Source: Cruise Holidays

Event Will Provide Franchise Owners and Agents with Firsthand Knowledge and Expertise Allowing for New Opportunities in Selling Pre- and Post-Cruise or Land-Only Vacations
June 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // Plymouth, MN - Today, Cruise Holidays International announced that it will launch an innovative new event – Cruise Holidays Symposium – that will showcase a myriad of both land and sea travel opportunities around a particular destination, including luxury hotels, tours and cruises. Taking place in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, September 22-27, 2014, the inaugural Cruise Holidays Symposium hosted by the Globus Family of Brands is officially open for registration. Participants may also add on a 3-day coastal cruise on Holland America Line's m/s Zuiderdam, from Vancouver to San Francisco, September 27-30, at exclusive negotiated rates...

IHG's Green Engage® Program Advances Water Conservation Efforts In California »

June 26, 2014 at 11:27AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

Providing hotels with resources to help address California's water crisis and contribute to a potential savings of 77 million gallons of water per year.
June 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // Atlanta, GA - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announces that IHG's patented Green Engage® program[1], the online sustainability program used by more than 2,700 IHG-branded hotels worldwide, is helping hotels address the drought conditions in California. IHG is targeting a reduction in water usage in water-stressed areas by 12% globally by 2017. To support this global effort on a local scale, IHG Green Engage Water Conservation Kits were sent to 230 IHG hotels in California, including Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo® and Holiday Inn® hotels...

Cruise Planners, An American Express Travel Representative, Announces Three Executive Promotions  »

June 26, 2014 at 6:27AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Promotions within its Management Team
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) June 26, 2014 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry, today announced the promotion of three award-winning team members to executive positions – Brian Shultz, Dan Hicks and Cathy Kusuma.
The promotions underline Cruise Planners’ commitment to professional development and the internal growth and cultivation of staff in its South Florida home office and its nationwide network of travel advisors.
“We believe in surrounding ourselves with dedicated, hard-working team players who exemplify our corporate culture,” said Vicky Garcia COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel representative...

Hotshots Sports Bar And Grill Franchising Announces 2014 Expansion »

June 26, 2014 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) June 26, 2014 - The St. Louis inspired Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill brand, which has built a loyal following and fan base throughout its 24-year history in its core Missouri, Mid-West markets, announces its four new 2014 locations as on June 17th 2014.
Hotshots St. Peters MO opened June 17th 2014. The company has also opened location in St. Charles, MO, Wentzville, MO, and Webster Groves, MO since January 1st, 2014. Currently they are strategically expanding thought the Midwest awarding single and area developer franchises in high-profile markets.
"Our 24 years of experience developing the Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill brand has allowed us to create a unique sports bar and grill that is completely different from the competition...

Hilton Worldwide Set To Triple Presence In Peru And Chile With Signing Of Eight Hampton Hotels »

June 24, 2014 at 6:40AM PDT | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Latin America Expansion Announcement Follows Opening of Third Hampton by Hilton in Colombia
June 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // BOGOTA, Colombia and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of an agreement to open eight new Hampton by Hilton properties in Latin America, including four in Peru and four in Chile, making it the biggest development for the brand in the region in recent years. The agreement is a continuation of the partnership between Hilton Worldwide and Colombia-based Metro Hotels, which last week opened Hampton by Hilton Cali, Colombia.
"Peru and Chile have shown great potential in offering tourism and business opportunities," said Ian Carter, president, global development, architecture and design, Hilton Worldwide...

Wheel Fun Rentals To Open New Bike And Boat Rental Locations In Queens On 4th Of July »

June 23, 2014 at 4:36AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Queens, NY - June 22, 2014 - (PR.com) - Wheel Fun Rentals is opening two new locations in Queens, New York. Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the World's Fair Marina Pier 1 will soon be home to a wide variety of watercraft and specialty cycles. Wheel Fun Rentals offers guests the opportunity to rediscover the joys of having some old-fashioned outdoor fun, providing unique rental equipment for people of all ages and skill levels. The grand opening for these locations will take place on Friday, July 4th.
"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 park and having fun together," said Al Stonehouse, President and CEO of Wheel Fun Rentals...

IHG Opens First EVEN™ Hotels Property In Norwalk, Connecticut »

June 20, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

June 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the opening of its first EVEN™ Hotels property, located at 426 Main Avenue in Norwalk, Connecticut. EVEN Hotels is IHG’s newest lifestyle hotel brand, created to meet the growing need of travelers to stay healthier and happier away from home. EVEN Hotels was designed with wellness built in; it’s in the brand’s DNA. From the moment travelers enter the hotel lobby and walk past a wall of fresh, flowering plants, the EVEN brand takes guests on a wellness journey, helping them Eat Well, Rest Easy, Keep Active and Accomplish More.
"Today is truly a milestone for IHG as we announce the opening of our first EVEN Hotels property in Norwalk and prepare to open our second in Rockville, Maryland later this month," said Kirk Kinsell, president, the Americas, IHG...

IHG Opens First EVEN™ Hotels Property »

June 19, 2014 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

June 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces the opening of its first EVEN™ Hotels property in Norwalk, Connecticut. Launched in 2012 and based in the US, EVEN Hotels is IHG’s newest lifestyle and wellness hotel brand. It is designed to meet the large and growing demand for wellness-minded travellers to maintain their balance on the road.
The brand was developed as part of IHG’s extensive and industry-leading consumer insight and segmentation work. This has equipped IHG with a deep understanding of guest needs and the occasions they travel for allowing us to identify further opportunities for growth. It also reflects IHG’s commitment to innovation to ensure the ever changing needs of our guests are met...

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Opens In Maple Shade, N.J. »

June 18, 2014 at 10:33AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First Indoor Trampoline Park Opens First New Jersey Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
MAPLE SHADE, N.J. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park will open its doors in Maple Shade, N.J. to offer a thrilling experience for the whole family atop a court of connecting trampolines on Wednesday, June 18. 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 high-flying dodgeball competition...



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