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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...

Baymont Inn & Suites Home Team Hospitality Contest Supports Local Sport Teams »

September 09, 2014 at 7:22AM PDT | Source: Baymont Inn

Community-Focused Hotel Brand Offers Local Teams a Chance to Win $5,000 for Equipment and Travel
September 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, NJ - Baymont Inn & Suites®, the midscale hotel brand that prides itself on its "Hometown Hospitality" service promise - treating guests like friends, family and neighbors - and its history of community involvement, is offering amateur athletic teams the chance to win $5,000 and 500,000 Wyndham Rewards® points with its "Home Team Hospitality" contest.
Now through October 5, 2014, teams who visit www.facebook.com/Baymontinns can enter for a chance to win a grand prize consisting of a $5,000 Wyndham Rewards® Visa® gift card to put towards team uniforms or equipment and 500,000 Wyndham Rewards points - which can cover up to 50 one-night stays at most Baymont Inn & Suites hotels - for team travel...

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

September 08, 2014 at 11:52AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First Indoor Trampoline Park Opens First Cancun Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
September 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park opens in Cancun, Mexico 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 all-walled 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 Cancun to check out the wildly popular activity that has the whole country bouncing off the walls!
Sky Zone currently has more than 70 opened locations, over 85 additional parks under development and 20 which are projected to open by the end of 2014...

Pinot's Palette Introduces New 'Spokes-Pig' »

September 02, 2014 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

Fast-Growing Paint-And-Sip Franchise to Host Social Media Contest for Naming Miniature Pig
September 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Houston – Pinot's Palette has a new mascot and it needs a name. As a result, the rapidly-expanding paint-and-sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, is launching a social media contest to ask fans to help name the miniature potbelly pig with colorful nails and a zest for painting.
According to Beth Willis, chief creative officer and co-founder of Pinot's Palette, the paint-and-sip brand chose the small omnivore, no bigger than an average-sized puppy, as the official spokes-pig because the miniature pig is the perfect addition to the Pinot's family and another fun way to enhance guests' experience...

Latest Launch Trampoline Park Franchise Lands In 37,000 Square-foot Location In Watertown, Massachusetts »

September 02, 2014 at 8:01AM PDT | Source: Launch Trampoline Park
Launch Trampoline Park Opportunities Available

Launch Watertown will be the first park in the country with an inflatable stunt bag and jump tower attraction known as "Free Fall".
Watertown, MA (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 - Launch Franchising announced that their latest franchise will be located in Watertown, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. At 37,000 square feet, Launch Watertown will be the largest built by the company to date.
New features have been added to take advantage of the extra space, including slides on the main jumping court, long trampolines known as "tumble runs", "Xtreme" Dodgeball and an attraction known as "Free Fall" where visitors can jump from a tower into an inflatable stunt bag.
"We are always looking for new forms of indoor adventure, and free-falling into a stunt bag was high on the list...

Super 8 Celebrates Forty Years Of Super Hotel Stays »

August 18, 2014 at 8:00AM PDT | Source: Super 8

August 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY – Celebrating 40 years of providing guests with super accommodations, the Super 8® hotel brand today launched its "40 Years and Still Looking Super Instant Win Game and Sweepstakes," offering travelers across the U.S. and Canada the chance to win their share of travel-themed prizes ranging from free hotel nights and restaurant gift cards to retro t-shirts, Super 8 travel mugs and more.
Available exclusively at www.facebook.com/Super8, travelers can enter for their chance to win by liking the Super 8 Facebook page and registering via the 40 Years and Still Looking Super tab. Once registered, travelers can then play the instant win game: a timed virtual puzzle challenge featuring historic and modern-day images of the Super 8 brand and its hotels...

Hilton Garden Inn Welcomes Its 600th Brand Property With The Opening Of Its Newest Hotel In Falls Church »

August 18, 2014 at 4:26AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

New Falls Church Hotel Perfect for Business and Leisure Travelers
FALLS CHURCH, Va. and MCLEAN, Va. – August 15, 2014 – Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide's award-winning brand of upscale yet affordable hotels, announce the opening of its 600th property, Hilton Garden Inn Falls Church, located in Virginia. Hilton Garden Inn Falls Church is owned and managed by Inns of Falls Church LLC.
"The opening of the 600th Hilton Garden Inn in Falls Church solidifies the brand's strength and market growth in this competitive landscape," said Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn. "This milestone opening further builds upon our reputation among developers and travelers, and speaks to Hilton Garden Inn's 'You Can Count On Us' culture and dedication to exceptional customer service at every level...

Cruise Holidays International To Join Forces With Vacation.com  »

August 13, 2014 at 11:37AM PDT | Source: Cruise Holidays

As Pioneering Cruise Franchise Network Becomes DistinctBrand within the Marketing Organization
Cruise Holidays agencies will maintain brand name, plus benefit from increased support and greater variety in supplier options.
August 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // Plymouth, MN - Today, Cruise Holidays, North America's original cruise-only franchisor, has announced that it is becoming a division within Vacation.com, bolstering the consortium's size and prestige as Vacation.com's ranks grow even further. The transition is taking place to not only add significant value to the ongoing participation by members of the Cruise Holidays family, but also to further increase the overall strength of the Cruise Holidays brand. Both Cruise Holidays and Vacation...

IHG® Dining Rewards Launches In Australasia »

August 13, 2014 at 9:53AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

August 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announces the launch of IHG® Dining Rewards, awarding members with generous dining and accommodation benefits and an instant status upgrade in the group's loyalty programme, IHG® Rewards Club. The Australasia launch is the second phase in the rollout of the new programme, following its launch in Greater China in May.
For an annual fee of AU$319 (Australia) or AU$295 (New Zealand), joining members will receive a dual membership card for both their IHG® Rewards Club and IHG® Dining Rewards programme memberships. IHG® Dining Rewards sets itself apart from the competition by offering a one-tier membership status upgrade in IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme...

Launch Indoor Trampoline Park Takes Flight With August 16th Grand Opening »

August 12, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Launch Trampoline Park
Launch Trampoline Park Opportunities Available

Delaware's largest trampoline park will deliver air-bound fun for all ages to the Newark and Greater Wilmington area.
Newark, DE (PRWEB) August 12, 2014 - Launch Trampoline Park, Delaware, will host a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, August 16th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Special events will include performances by D.J. Remedy and Tri-State Cheerleaders, as well as raffle giveaways all day. Tickets may be purchased on site, but it is recommended that you buy them online to ensure availability. Beforehand, Launch is hosting a community relations day on Thursday, August 14th, where local businesses and non-profit organizations can jump for free and try out the facility before it opens.
Joey, a 7-foot tall, bright green kangaroo mascot, will lead the Grand Opening activities...

Pinot's Palette Opens 50th Location In San Diego's Liberty Station »

August 11, 2014 at 8:07AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

Military Veteran and Wife Open Newest Location at Former Navy Training Center; Grand Opening Ccelebration Planned for Aug. 15
August 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // Houston – Just five years after opening its first location, Pinot's Palette, the fast-growing paint-and-sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, has reached a new milestone with the opening of its 50th location in San Diego's Liberty Station development.
Dan Truckenbrod, a former F-18 pilot, and his wife Julie, both first-time business owners, opened the newest studio in the popular retail and commercial destination that was once a Navy training center.
"We are very excited to finally open the studio and let the creativity and wine flow," Julie said...



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