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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...

Pinot's Palette's Franchisees Are Among The Most Satisfied In The Nation According To National Research Firm, Franchise Business Review »

April 23, 2015 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The endless customers filling Pinot's Palette studios from coast to coast aren't the only ones having a good time. Franchise owners at the fastest-growing paint-and-sip network in the country are the most satisfied in the industry too.
That's according to data from Franchise Business Review, an independent research firm that conducts one of the most respected national surveys on franchise owner satisfaction every year.
Based on the results of the survey, Franchise Business Review's research ranked Pinot's Palette, a national franchise that's part art studio and part wine bar, as the highest rated franchise in the paint and sip category.
"Everything we do is designed with the franchisee's continued success," said Pinot's Palette co-founder Charles Willis...

Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel Coming To Keystone At The Crossing »

April 22, 2015 at 7:36AM PDT | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

New Hotel Expected to Welcome Guests in Late 2016
April 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a franchise license agreement with PK Partners to develop the 125-room Hampton Inn & Suites Indianapolis/Keystone. Hampton Hotels is Hilton Worldwide’s global brand of more than 2,000 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels. The five-story hotel will be located at 8980 River Crossing Boulevard, Indianapolis, Ind., is owned by PK Partners and will be operated by Schahet Hotels, Inc.
“Hilton Worldwide continues to experience a period of incredible growth as one of the industry’s largest and fastest growing hospitality companies,” said Bill Fortier, senior vice president, development - Americas, Hilton Worldwide...

IHG Launches Sharable Rewards Through New "Share Forever" Promotion »

April 21, 2015 at 11:44AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

Summer promotion with Coca-Cola offers IHG® Rewards Club Members the opportunity to earn and share special rewards with friends and family.
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, and The Coca-Cola Company, the world’s largest beverage company, celebrate the summer of 2015 by introducing the “Share Forever” Promotion. From May 1 through Sept. 7, 2015, members of the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program, IHG® Rewards Club, will have the opportunity to share their rewards with those people they care about the most. Not only will members be able to earn bonus points of their own, they’ll have the opportunity to earn additional points, and free nights they can share with others...

Hilton Worldwide Brings Hilton Garden Inn To All 50 States With New Signing In Hawaii »

April 21, 2015 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

Full Conversion to Open in Kauai on Wailua Bay in Early 2016
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a franchise license agreement to operate the first Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Hawaii, bringing the brand to all 50 U.S. states. Once opened, the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai/Wailua Bay will be the only Hilton branded hotel on the island of Kauai. Owned by a partnership led by DiNapoli Capital Partners and managed by Aston Hotels & Resorts, the 216-room beachfront hotel is expected to be renovated and open early in 2016.
“Hilton Worldwide continues to experience a period of incredible growth both domestically and internationally—as one of the industry’s largest and fastest growing hospitality companies,” said Bill Fortier, SVP, development - Americas, Hilton Worldwide...

Cruise Planners Co-Owners Travel To Europe With Top Producing Agents »

April 21, 2015 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Fee and Garcia celebrate success by touring Italy with Europe Express and Oceania Cruises
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) April 21, 2015 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel franchise business network in the industry, invited its top-producing travel agents on a week-long Italy land tour. The group was escorted by Cruise Planners co-owners Michelle Fee and Vicky Garcia as well as representatives from Europe Express and Oceania Cruises.
The group started in Florence and visited many amazing Italian cities complete with wine tastings at local wineries, private cooking lessons in a Tuscany villa and exclusive city excursions. The group stayed at the Villa La Palagina in Tuscany, experienced a tour of Milan complete with a visit to the Duomo de Milan, and toured Lake Como with a final night’s stay at the Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa in Lake Maggiore...

Red Roof Inn® Enters Canadian Market Signaling Continued Aggressive Global Growth »

April 21, 2015 at 3:38AM PDT | Source: Red Roof Inn

April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Columbus, Ohio - Signaling increasing global demand for its brand, Red Roof® is expanding its reach again, signing a twenty-year deal with developer Glenn Squires to build and brand forty hotels across Canada, with the support of Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc. The first four hotels will be up and running by 2016. These will be new builds, not conversions, with most built as Red Roof PLUS+® properties, Red Roof’s enhanced and upgraded offering. The first 4 hotels will be slated to the Eastern and Atlantic regions opening in Grand Falls and Bay Roberts in Newfoundland & Labrador and Wolfville and Antigonish in Nova Scotia.
“This agreement signals Red Roof’s strong growth internationally and the demand for our upscale economy product...

School Of Rock Strums Its Way To Saltillo, Mexico »

April 17, 2015 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

Celebrate School of Rock’s Newest International Location
SALTILLO, Mexico - April 17, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, announced today the opening of its newest international location in Mexico, located at Nazario Ortiz Garza 3440 in Saltillo. The opening of School of Rock in Saltillo will offer children an opportunity to pursue music education in an entirely new way.
The School of Rock music program differentiates itself by encouraging students to learn how to play with their fellow students. Taking the focus off the individual and creating a team dynamic allows students to enjoy a supportive and motivating environment in which to learn. For over 15 years, this method of teaching has led to the concept’s growth in over 150 schools in nine countries...

Go More. Go Better.TM - Red Roof Inn® Celebrates The Lifestyle Journey Of American Travelers »

April 15, 2015 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Red Roof Inn

April 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // Columbus, OH – It’s not about the destination, but the journey. As more Americans indulge in, and enjoy activities that range from running marathons, to bike tours to music festivals and yoga retreats, they’re also finding ways to afford those lifestyles without breaking the bank. Red Roof Inn’s® guests are among those millions of Americans who are traveling around the country to attend and participate in enjoyable and entertaining activities while saving money by staying at an upscale economy hotel. A stop along their travels rather than a destination, guests are traveling for lifestyle reasons, blending their interests with activities. This month Red Roof celebrates those journeys with its Go More...

Hilton Worldwide Furthers Expansion Plans In Argentina With Signing Of Hilton Garden Inn Hotel In Neuquén »

April 15, 2015 at 7:36AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

New Hotel to Open in Patagonia’s Largest City and Leading Agricultural and Industrial Center
April 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a management agreement with ASPA LLC, a prominent real estate developer in the Patagonia region, to operate a new build 130-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Neuquén, Argentina – capital of Neuquén province and Patagonia’s largest city. Scheduled to open in 2018, this new Hilton Garden Inn hotel in one of Argentina’s primary agricultural and industrial centers furthers the company’s plans to introduce its leading brands throughout the country.
“As we continue our growth throughout Latin America, Argentina plays a key role in our expansion as it serves as one of the top three most visited countries of the region,” said Tom Potter, senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, Hilton Worldwide...

Hilton Worldwide To Welcome Guests At The Home Of Lancashire County Cricket Club »

April 14, 2015 at 9:56AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford to Open in 2017
April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // MANCHESTER, UK and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide is preparing to bring its Hilton Garden Inn brand to one of the UK’s top sporting venues, under a franchise agreement with Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC). Construction of Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford is expected to begin later this year, before the hotel welcomes its first guests in early 2017.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, “Our presence at top UK sporting venues is growing, and Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford will be another impressive addition to our portfolio, joining Hilton Wembley, Hilton at St George’s Park, DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes, and Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, which is due to open this year...

IHG Announces Enhancements To Its Award Winning Loyalty Programme IHG® Rewards Club »

April 14, 2015 at 6:58AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

The world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme to add a new top membership level and focus on more personalised experiences for members.
April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces exciting new enhancements to its award winning loyalty programme, IHG Rewards Club, focused on building more personalised relationships with its 84 million members worldwide.
IHG’s 2015 Trends Report showed that consumers are looking for more than an effortless transaction with their chosen brands. They want a rewarding relationship built on trust and respond best to efforts focused on building real brand loyalty over a sustained period of time.
Following extensive research into what members want from their loyalty programme, IHG Rewards Club will introduce a new membership level, to better reward its most loyal members with the most relevant benefits...

Sky Zone To Hire 90 Energetic People In Franklin »

April 13, 2015 at 9:39AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Sky Zone Franklin Set To Open Trampoline Park in the Neighborhood
[start:FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring 90 part-time team members for its new park in Franklin. Set to open in May, Sky Zone Franklin will have over 19,000 square feet of trampoline surface in a 29,000 square foot facility.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering local residents and visitors the ultimate active 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 SkyFit, innovative fitness classes that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Sky Zone Awards Franchise In McDonough »

April 09, 2015 at 10:14AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Creator Of The World's First All-Walled Trampoline Playing Court Is Coming To Town
MCDONOUGH, Ga. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces it has awarded its newest franchise in McDonough, with plans to open its doors in early fall. 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 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 McDonough residents and visitors the ultimate 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 Signs Its First International Arenas »

April 08, 2015 at 5:08AM PDT | Source: Rebounderz Franchise and Development

Indoor Family Fun and Fitness Center Continues Rapid Growth with Multi-Unit Deal
April 08, 2015 // Franchising.com // SANFORD, Fla. – Rebounderz Franchise and Development, the franchisors of Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena, inked a multi-unit international deal for Rebounderz arenas in Panama with Trampoline Unitedos.
Trampoline Unitedos will open Panama’s first Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena – and the first Rebounderz arena outside the U.S. – in late fall 2015 at the Sortis Hotel Spa and Casino at Calle 56 y 57, Obarrio in Panama City. This is the first trampoline arena of its kind in the area and will create 40-60 local full- and part-time jobs.
Rebounderz representatives expect the new indoor trampoline arena to quickly become a popular entertainment venue for Sortis Hotel guests as well as local residents as it is an exceptional choice for fun and intense individual and group exercise...

IHG Unveils  »

April 06, 2015 at 7:38AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

April 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today launches Build for Success, an innovative online platform, created to enable faster, more efficient development of Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels across the Asia, Middle East and Africa region.
Aimed at providing hotel owners and developers with the knowledge, tools and resources needed for the successful development of a Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express hotel, Build for Success provides a complete overview of the end-to-end design and development process. Upon the signing of a hotel management or franchise agreement, hotel owners and their teams can enjoy access to the platform which will help them:

Understand the various stages involved in the development process and get a birds-eye view of the completed project
Ensure their hotel design is consistent with guests expectations
Reduce their design consultancy needs and corresponding costs
Reduce their development and design risk
Maximise revenue generating space in the hotels
Increase speed to market

The platform, created by IHG exclusively for use by its hotel owner and development partners, is designed to be customisable according to local market requirements...

Red Roof Inn® Racks Up Award Wins »

March 31, 2015 at 9:20AM PDT | Source: Red Roof Inn

March 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // Columbus, OH – More than its usual accolades, Red Roof Inn is receiving serious awards for its outstanding innovative digital program. The brand recently won not only a Platinum award but Best in Show, the highest honor, at the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) 58th annual Adrian Awards at the New York Marriott Marquis. Red Roof’s Digital Marketing campaign, Turning Flight Cancellations into Hotel Reservations – developed by agency 360i - wowed the judges and their lodging competitors, bringing them the coveted award. The brand also won awards for its Hispanic Radio: Turn up the volume campaign and Red Roof PLUS+ campaign and Truck Tour.
“HSMAI’s Best in Show award for Red Roof’s Turning Flight Cancellations into Hotel Reservations campaign was such an honor but also a reflection of the innovation of this program and Red Roof’s always progressive thinking around how we can best service our guests,” says Marina MacDonald, Chief Marketing Officer, Red Roof...

TapSnap To Unveil Photo Marketing Kiosk At Nightclub And Bar Show »

March 30, 2015 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: TapSnap
TapSnap Opportunities Available

TapSnap is excited to be unveiling its new Photo Marketing Kiosks at the Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas from March 31 to April 1.
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC - March 30, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ - Branching out from its established event Photo Entertainment Platform, TapSnap for Business will offer venues the chance to entertain their customers while expanding their brand's reach with permanently installed Photo Marketing Kiosks.
"We've seen how TapSnap amplifies the success of a company's brand activation, store opening, or promotional event. So we thought, why couldn't we let businesses do this every day?" remarked Scott McInnes, TapSnap's CEO and Founder. "That's why we developed our permanent placement Photo Marketing Kiosks...

IHG® Announces Good Progress With Corporate Responsibility Targets »

March 27, 2015 at 11:17AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // London, UK - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has published an update on progress against its 2013-2017 Corporate Responsibility (CR) targets.
First announced in September 2013 to reinforce IHG’s long-term commitment to doing business responsibly, the targets were designed to measure our impact where it has the most influence on improving people’s lives – the environment and local communities. IHG’s progress against its targets has been driven through IHG’s three core CR programmes – IHG Green Engage™ system; IHG® Academy and IHG® Shelter in a Storm.
Richard Solomons, Chief Executive of IHG commented: “At IHG we have the global scale to be able to make a positive impact on the world around us...

Kona Ice Invites Nation To "Chill" With Free Shaved Ice »

March 26, 2015 at 7:13AM PDT | Source: Kona Ice
Kona Ice Opportunities Available

No Taxation Without Relaxation: Tropical Shaved Ice Business; Encourages the Nation to "Chill" on "National Chill Out Day"
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com //
What: To ease the pain of tax filing, Kona Ice is serving up a delicious cup of tax day relief for tense taxpayers in all corners of the country.
Kona Ice will be parked at post offices, tax preparation centers and businesses in all corners of the country to hand out FREE cups of tropical shaved ice and complimentary Hawaiian leis to all who stop by. The refreshing treat will ensure that there is no taxation without relaxation this tax season.
Why: April 15th is America’s least favorite holiday. Between sifting through the mail for the correct paperwork, filling out form after form with painstaking detail and paying a hefty sum of money to Uncle Sam, tax day can be a real drag...



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