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Hampton By Hilton Announces Opening Of First Hotel In Panama  »

December 16, 2014 at 2:52PM PST | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Hilton Worldwide's Fifth Property in Panama Represents another Milestone in the Company's Latin America Expansion Efforts
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // PANAMA CITY, Panama and MCLEAN, Va. - Hampton by Hilton continues its international expansion by announcing the opening of its first hotel in Panama today. Hampton by Hilton Panama, a 108-room, new-build hotel managed by Hilton Worldwide, joins the global brand of more than 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels, as the company's fifth hotel in Panama.
Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management for Hilton Worldwide, said, "This opening marks the fifth Latin American country with a Hampton by Hilton hotel...

Hampton Hotels Celebrates Brand's Milestone 2,000th Property In Bellevue, Washington With Extraordinary Event »

December 12, 2014 at 9:54AM PST | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

More than 100 Industry and Community Leaders Gather for Event Unveiling the Hampton Inn & Suites Bellevue Downtown-Seattle
December 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // McLean, Va. and Bellevue, Wa., - Industry and community leaders gathered at the Hampton Inn & Suites Bellevue Downtown-Seattle on Thursday, December 11, for a spectacular event celebrating the grand opening of Hampton Hotels' 2,000th hotel. The occasion included a dreamlike finale where acrobatic dancers, suspended and scaling down from the building, performed a unique choreographed dance created just for the celebration.
Photos of the event are available for download at http://news.hampton.com/Hampton2K, including:

Remarks made by Hilton Worldwide's Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management and Jim Holthouser, executive vice president, global brands; Corry Oakes, CEO and founder of the hotel's development company, OTO Development; and Claudia Balducci, Mayor of Bellevue,...

Pinot's Palette Partners With Constellation Brands To Feature The Dreaming Tree Wine In Locations Nationwide »

December 10, 2014 at 9:11AM PST | Source: Pinot's Palette

December 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Pinot's Palette, an upscale entertainment art studio known nationally for providing guests with a fun night out with painting and wine, is partnering with international wine supplier Constellation Brands to feature The Dreaming Tree wines in all studios with bar and retail sections, making it the first paint and sip chain to implement a nationwide beverage program.
Initially, the featured wines will include The Dreaming Tree's 2012 Crush Red Blend, 2013 Chardonnay, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Everyday White Wine.
Based in Victor, N.Y., and with more than 40 facilities around the world, Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with more than 100 brands in its portfolio and operations in the U...

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Is Crowned World's Leading Hotel Brand For The Sixth Consecutive Year At World Travel Awards Final »

December 09, 2014 at 11:30AM PST | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, part of one of the world's leading hotel companies InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), claimed five awards at the 21st World Travel Awards Grand Finals, including the coveted title of World's Leading Hotel Brand, an accolade the brand has held for six consecutive years since 2009 and twice before that in 2005 and 2006.
At the Grand Finals, which were held in held in Anguilla on 7 December, InterContinental Bangkok, Thailand was named World's Leading City Hotel, while the brand's resorts, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam and InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort in Thailand, received the awards for World's Leading Luxury Resort and World's Leading Wedding Resort respectively...

Capital Area Soccer League Welcomes Sky Zone Trampoline Park As Newest Official Sponsor »

December 09, 2014 at 5:16AM PST | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First Trampoline Park Will Sponsor the Fitness Center at WRAL Soccer Park in Raleigh
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // Raleigh, NC – Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) is delighted to welcome Sky Zone Raleigh as its newest official sponsor. Sky Zone, creator of the world's first trampoline park, aims to inspire awesome, healthy fun in kids and adults alike. The indoor park offers a court of connecting trampolines for guests to enjoy, as well as an array of family-friendly activities including Ultimate Dodgeball, a SkySlam court, SkyRobics fitness classes, a Foam Pit, and space for birthday parties and corporate team building.
"We [CASL] are excited and fortunate to have the generous support of an organization that shares our values of community, safety, and healthy living," said Gary Buete, CASL's Executive Director...

Hampton Hotels Celebrates Milestone With 2,000th Hotel Opening: Hampton Inn & Suites Bellevue Downtown-Seattle »

December 09, 2014 at 4:05AM PST | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

A Major Celebration Will Commemorate the Achievement for the Industry-Leading Brand
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va – Hampton Hotels today announced the opening of its 2,000th hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites Bellevue Downtown-Seattle. The new hotel continues the longstanding Hampton tradition of providing guests with a friendly and caring experience backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The 128-room hotel, owned by Palmetto Hospitality and managed by OTO Development, will mark the occasion with a special opening celebration on Thursday, December 11.
"We're thrilled to reach this important milestone of 2,000 hotels worldwide, representing how far Hampton has come over the course of 30 years and setting the stage for an even more impressive year ahead," said Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management, Hilton Worldwide...

Sky Zone Teams Up With Toys For Tots For Donations In Highland Heights And Westlake »

December 09, 2014 at 3:52AM PST | Source: Sky Zone
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The World's First All-Walled Trampoline Playing Court Partners With Toys for Tots To Encourage New Toy Donations
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, OH – Sky Zone Highland Heights and Sky Zone Westlake have teamed up with Toys for Tots to encourage new toy donations for the holiday season. This collaboration will help spread holiday cheer to local children in the community and will continue through December 14th at Sky Zone's Westlake and Highland Heights locations.
Sky Zone places a huge emphasis on keeping kids in the community healthy and happy, so a partnership with Toys for Tots is a perfect match. The world's first indoor trampoline park, Sky Zone offers one-of-a-kind activities such as Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam and SkyFit, as well as open jump sessions for participants of all ages...

Sky Zone Awards Franchise In Aurora, IL »

December 02, 2014 at 9:31AM PST | Source: Sky Zone
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Creator Of The World's First All-Walled Trampoline Playing Court Is Coming To Town
December 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // AURORA, Ill. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces it has awarded its newest franchise in Aurora, IL, with plans to open their doors in spring of 2015. For a WoW experience, the brand new 26,000 square foot facility will include an Open Jump Court, three Ultimate Dodgeball courts, three SkySlam Basketball courts, and a four-trampoline lane Foam Pit.
"We are beyond thrilled about this Sky Zone project and look forward to bringing this innovative concept to Aurora," said franchisee, Mark Glazer. "Sky Zone provides a fun and safe environment for all guests and we cannot wait to share this exciting and affordable experience...

Pinot's Palette Of Brentwood Hosting Grand Opening Fundraiser To Benefit Ordinary Hero »

December 02, 2014 at 9:20AM PST | Source: Pinot's Palette

First location in the Nashville area will donate 100 percent of proceeds to locally based non-profit benefiting children in need.
December 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // BRENTWOOD, TENN. – Pinot's Palette of Brentwood, an upscale entertainment art studio known nationally for providing guests with a fun night out with painting and wine, will celebrate its grand opening with a fundraiser to benefit Ordinary Hero, a local non-profit organization dedicated to empowering people to help support children in need.
The event is scheduled for Dec. 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the new paint-and-sip studio at 690 Old Hickory Blvd., Ste. 102. The Brentwood studio's first public class is Dec. 12.
Franchisees Jake and Brooke Sanders said they will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the charity night to the organization...

IHG Brings InterContinental Luxury To Perth CBD »

December 01, 2014 at 7:10AM PST | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

December 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with UNIR Hotels Pty Ltd. After 18 years of successful management, UNIR Hotels have decided to redevelop the Rydges Hotel for conversion into a luxurious 240-room InterContinental hotel in the capital city of the Western Australian state, following a comprehensive luxury refurbishment.
When the new hotel commences operations in early 2017, InterContinental Perth will be the sixth InterContinental property in Australia, bringing the brand's renowned luxury experience to another key Australian city.
Situated in a prime location in Perth's Central Business District, the hotel will be nestled amongst the city's top business and leisure facilities, including Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, His Majesty's Theatre, an abundance of boutique shops and the city's eclectic and vibrant dining scene...

Sky Zone Trampoline Park To Open In Fargo »

November 26, 2014 at 11:00AM PST | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

New Location Provides Area Residents with High-Flying, Active Fun
November 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // FARGO, N.D. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park will open its doors in Fargo on Friday, November 28 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 the day after Thanksgiving, Fargo residents can hop into Sky Zone 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...

Sky Zone Trampoline Park Opens In Ocean Township »

November 26, 2014 at 8:16AM PST | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First Trampoline Park Opens New Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
November 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Sky Zone Trampoline Park will open its doors in Ocean Township 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 trampoline park has a variety of gravity defying activities that will get people of all ages jumping for joy. Beginning November 26, residents are welcome to hop into Sky Zone Ocean Township 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...

Wheel Fun Rentals Headquarters Acquires Nine Florida Locations »

November 26, 2014 at 5:20AM PST | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

November 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // Clearwater, FL - Wheel Fun Rentals' corporate headquarters is excited to announce the acquisition of nine locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, formerly owned by local Wheel Fun Rentals' franchisees. In conjunction with the procurement of these locations, Wheel Fun Rentals will be enhancing all aspects of the customer experience, which includes bringing in an updated fleet of new and improved rental products and the addition of bike and kayak tours. Doors will reopen at these locations on Saturday, November 29th.
The acquisition includes the purchase of seven Wheel Fun Rentals locations that are open to the public, located at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa in Clearwater, Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, Lake Seminole Park in Seminole, Hillsborough River State Park in Thonotosassa, Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, Best Western Yacht Harbor Inn in Dunedin, and Safety Harbor Resort and Spa in Safety Harbor...

Sky Zone Trampoline Park Opens In The Capital District »

November 24, 2014 at 8:12AM PST | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First Trampoline Park Opens New Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
November 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Menands, N.Y. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park will open its doors in Menands to offer Capital District residents 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 November 28th, 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 all-walled trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes...

Save 50 Percent At Howard Johnson Hotels On Orange Wednesday »

November 24, 2014 at 6:54AM PST | Source: Howard Johnson

November 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Hate long lines and crowded stores but love nabbing a great deal? This year, skip the Black Friday chaos and instead, score 50 percent off your next hotel stay with Howard Johnson and its annual Orange Wednesday promotion.
Howard Johnson Orange WednesdayAvailable exclusively on December 3, 2014-the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving and unofficially Orange Wednesday-travelers can save 50 percent off the rate of the day when they call to book an upcoming stay, up to three consecutive nights, at any of more than 40 participating Howard Johnson hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada.
"Everyone knows the holiday shopping season swings into full force after Thanksgiving ," said Mike Mueller, Howard Johnson brand senior vice president...

Super 8 And Joey Fatone Break Guinness World Record For Largest Pillow Fight »

November 24, 2014 at 4:22AM PST | Source: Super 8

Super 8 Celebrates 40th Anniversary by Setting Record at South Dakota State University
November 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Super 8®, the world's largest economy hotel chain, today celebrated 40 years of hospitality by joining TV host and former N SYNC pop star Joey Fatone in South Dakota to break the Guinness World Record for the largest pillow fight.
Held at South Dakota State University's Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, in the state where the brand opened its first hotel in 1974, the effort saw exactly 4,201 students, alumni, parents and fans take part in a fun-filled pillow fight challenge during one of the most anticipated football games of the season: the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series, a head to head match-up between South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota...

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Opens In Timonium »

November 21, 2014 at 8:36AM PST | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First Indoor Trampoline Park Opens New Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // TIMONIUM, Md. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park will host their grand opening all day on November 22 in Timonium 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. During the grand opening, residents are welcome to hop into Sky Zone Timonium for the special rate of $10/hour 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...

Pump It Up "Rounds Up" Teddy Bears For Frederick City Police Department »

November 19, 2014 at 4:33AM PST | Source: Pump It Up
Pump It Up Opportunities Available

Children and Families of Frederick Jump into the holiday season with the 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Round Up at Pump It Up
Frederick, Maryland (PRWEB) November 19, 2014 - Pump It Up of Frederick, part of the nation's largest chain of kids' indoor, inflatable entertainment venues, will host its 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Round Up to benefit the Frederick City Police Department.
Pump It Up invites parents and children to jump, slide and bounce on the facility's huge, colorful inflatable structures on November 30th from 12pm - 5pm, encouraging families to jump for free with a Teddy Bear donation for each participating child. All Teddy Bears will be donated to the Frederick City Police Department.
The donated bears will be used by City Police Officers to comfort children exposed to traumatic situations, and to let the children know that the police are only there to help...

Cruise Planners Kicks Off 2014 Convention Unveiling Technology Innovations, Sales Growth And Cruisitude™ »

November 14, 2014 at 4:30AM PST | Source: Cruise Planners

The first day of the company's annual event reveals focus on mobile technology, strategic marketing campaigns and search engine optimization benefitting Cruise Planners travel advisors.
November 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // Atlantic City, N.J. – Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation's largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry, welcomed more than 500 travel franchise owners to its annual convention in Atlantic City, N.J. The sold-out event kicked off with Cruise Planners CEO and co-founder Michelle Fee introducing the "In It to Win It" theme, which is Cruise Planners' commitment to its growing network of travel advisors.
"This year, we focused on how the Home Office Team can truly be an extension for each of our franchise owners since we are all committed to helping them grow their small businesses," said Cruise Planners CEO and co-founder Michelle Fee...

Long Beach Segway Tours Roll Into Shoreline Village »

November 12, 2014 at 5:30AM PST | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

November 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // Wheel Fun Rentals is excited to announce the launch of Long Beach Segway Tours in Shoreline Village. Doors open Friday, November 21st , at the building formerly known as the All-American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall. Two different tours will be available, including a two-hour Downtown Long Beach Tour and a three-hour Sand and Sea Extended Tour that takes guests to the south side of Queensway Bay. Take a tour from the experts, the only Segway, Inc. authorized Segway Experience Center in Los Angeles. Wheel Fun Rentals, known nationwide for their bike and specialty rentals, also operates Segway tours around the country. The new Long Beach Segway Tour location is their fourth Segway location, adding to their existing locations in Philadelphia, Louisville, and San Diego...



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