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Niagara Falls Welcomes New Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel »

April 23, 2014 at 11:05AM PDT | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Centrally Located Property Extends Hamptonality in Niagara Falls
April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. and MCLEAN, Va. - Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide's global brand of more than 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 79-room Hampton Inn Niagara Falls/Blvd located at 6501 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls.
"The addition of a centrally located Hampton Inn & Suites hotel to Niagara Falls will make the area an even more attractive destination," said Robert Santiago, general manager. "Guests staying with us will have access to numerous tourist attractions, shopping and a myriad of dining options...

New Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel Opens In Roanoke »

April 22, 2014 at 7:21AM PDT | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

126-room Property Extends Hamptonality in the Blue Ridge Valley
April 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // ROANOKE, Va. and MCLEAN, Va. - Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide's global brand of more than 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 126-room Hampton Inn & Suites Roanoke Airport located at 5033 Valley View Blvd North NW in Roanoke.
"Hampton combines quality, innovation, comfort and plenty of value-added extras, making it the brand of choice in the marketplace today," said Lisa Dellinger, director of sales. "Quality accommodations and amenities combined with proactive, friendly service from our team members – all backed by the 100% Hampton® Guarantee – make us highly competitive in the Roanoke area...

Cruise Planners Cites Family Travel As One Of The Fastest Growing Segments Of The Travel Industry »

April 22, 2014 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Through a travel trend infographic, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel representative, explores what’s hot for summer travel this year for families and multi-generational groups.
April 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – According to Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry, families are traveling more. The brand saw a 15% increase in passengers cruising with children or multi-generational groups over the past 12 months*.
"As the travel industry continues to experience exciting changes in 2014, one of the fastest growing trends in travel involves the entire family," said COO of Cruise Planners-American Express Travel, Vicky Garcia...

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park To Open New Franchise In Ocean Township, New Jersey »

April 21, 2014 at 8:38AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

April 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-trampoline, walled playing court, announces its newest franchise in Ocean Township, N.J., with plans to open their doors in Fall 2014. For a wow experience, the brand new 35,826 square foot facility will include an Open Jump Court, four Dodgeball courts, three SkySlam Basketball courts, a five lane Foam Zone and more.
"We are beyond thrilled about this Sky Zone project and look forward to bringing this innovative concept to Ocean Township, Monmouth County and the Jersey Shore," 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...

Hampton Inn & Suites Adds New Hotel In Baltimore/Woodlawn To Its Portfolio »

April 21, 2014 at 7:32AM PDT | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

The Property Baltimore/Woodlawn Extends Hamptonality to all 92 of its Rooms
April 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // BALTIMORE, Md. and MCLEAN, Va. - Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide's global brand of more than 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 92-room Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore/Woodlawn located at 1810 Belmont Avenue in Windsor Mills.
"Hampton has strengthened the presence of the brand with the opening of the Baltimore/Woodlawn property," said Patrick Wilson, general manager. "Its location in the high-tech business corridor provides guests a superior and comfortable stay that's close to major businesses and attractions, such as John Hopkins University Medical Center and National Aquarium...

Sky Zone Third Annual Ultimate Dodgeball Championship To Award $50,000 In Prizes »

April 17, 2014 at 1:25PM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-trampoline, walled playing court and the sport of Ultimate Dodgeball, will host the Third Annual Ultimate Dodgeball Championship Friday, Aug. 8 to Sunday, Aug. 10 at Sky Zone Las Vegas. $50,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs amongst the final eight teams, which will compete in the championship bracket Sunday following the regional brackets Friday and Saturday. The Ultimate Dodgeball event combines the high-flying action and athleticism of Sky Zone's patented playing courts with the tradition of regular dodgeball. The championship bracket will be filmed and later broadcast throughout the U.S.
Prior to the highly anticipated regional and championship brackets in Las Vegas, Local Qualifier tournaments will take place Monday, June 23 to Sunday, June 29 at more than 50 Sky Zone parks throughout the United States and Canada to determine which teams will advance to Las Vegas...

Super 8 Offers Race Fans Chance At Ultimate Road Trip »

April 17, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Super 8

Signs as Official Hotel Partner of Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 43 Sprint Cup Series Race Team
PARSIPPANY, NJ - (Marketwired - Apr 17, 2014) - Celebrating its continuing role as the official hotel partner of Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 43 Sprint Cup Series Race Team, the Super 8® hotel brand has kicked off its "Follow the Sign 2 Adventure Instant Win Game and Sweepstakes," giving race fans across the country the chance to win one of hundreds of weekly and monthly prizes, including a custom-designed, all-expenses paid road trip to anywhere in the U.S.
Hosted at www.super8motorsports.com, the official home of Super 8 racing, the sweepstakes and instant win game are available through November 16, 2014 and available exclusively to members of Wyndham Rewards®, the free-to-join loyalty program of Super 8 hotels and Wyndham Hotel Group...

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...



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