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Cruise Planners’ 2015 Convention Already Sold Out »

August 26, 2015 at 5:25AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network, will be hosting its annual convention in Boca Raton, Fla. this fall with hundreds of eager travel agents.
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (PRWEB) August 26, 2015 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the industry, today announced the theme and highlights for the sold-out Cruise Planners 2015 Annual Convention.
During Convention, the ReGENerate theme will be peppered throughout and will help Cruise Planners travel advisors better understand how to attract, service and retain clients within each generational group. The goal will be to encourage agents to re-fuel and realign business strategies and tools for greater success across multiple generations through group business, specialty travel and niche markets...

School Of Rock Dominates East Coast With New Location Agreement In Attleboro »

August 25, 2015 at 8:53AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

Musical Education Program Continues Its Expansion with Fifth Location to Open in Massachusetts
August 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATTLEBORO, MA – School of Rock, the leader in performance-based musical education, is expanding its already-booming presence on the East Coast by opening a fifth Massachusetts location in Attleboro. The school’s unique approach gives students of all ages the chance to learn instrumental and performance skills in a collaborative environment. Currently, over 20,000 students are channeling their inner rock star with School of Rock and more are joining each day.
School of Rock’s global presence of over 160 schools in nine countries is a testament to its continued popularity and success...

IHG® Rewards Club Announces 'Accelerate' Promotion »

August 25, 2015 at 7:24AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

August 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // London – IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announces the upcoming launch of its ‘Accelerate’ promotion, which offers IHG® Rewards Club members the opportunity to earn IHG Rewards Club bonus points faster than ever.
The promotion follows a series of recent enhancements to the world’s biggest hotel loyalty programme. This includes the introduction of a new top membership level, Spire Elite, and other changes which make it easier for members to reach Gold Elite and Platinum Elite membership levels.
IHG Rewards Club members who register for the ‘Accelerate’ promotion will receive personalised and tailored offers. Once each offer has been achieved, IHG Rewards Club bonus points are earned automatically, bringing them closer to the next IHG Rewards Club membership level...

EagleRider Paves New Roads To Dreams In San Diego »

August 24, 2015 at 9:53AM PDT | Source: EagleRider

LOS ANGELES - Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the furious frenzy of its international operations, EagleRider, the world's pioneer and innovator of motorcycle experiences, demonstrates that it hasn't taken its eyes off the home front with two new acquisitions in San Diego, California.
The first acquisition involved buying out the San Diego franchise location, granting the franchise partner a successful exit and EagleRider HQ with an ideally placed location to expand services in the area. The second expansion heralded the arrival of Indian Motorcycle San Diego into the fold, the third Indian Motorcycle dealership to come under EagleRider's wing after Los Angeles and Orlando, and the second to also offer Victory motorcycles after Indian Motorcycle LA...

Hilton Worldwide Opens First Focused Service Hotel In San Francisco »

August 24, 2015 at 9:33AM PDT | Source: Hampton By Hilton

The City by the Bay Diversifies Hotel Offerings with New Hampton Inn by Hilton
August 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // SAN FRANCISCO and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) announced the opening of Hampton Inn by Hilton San Francisco Downtown/Convention Center, its newest property to join Hampton by Hilton, the global brand of more than 2,000 mid-priced Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and Hampton by Hilton hotels. The 174-room hotel, located at 942 Mission Street, is managed Mint Development LP. It is the first Hampton by Hilton property in downtown San Francisco.
“San Francisco’s progressive environment attracts the new generation of travelers in the same way as our Hampton by Hilton brand,” said Phil Cordell, global head for focused service and Hampton by Hilton brand management for Hilton Worldwide...

IHG To Partner With Water Footprint Network On Global Water Stewardship Programme »

August 24, 2015 at 8:26AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

August 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has today announced the appointment of global water-use experts, the Water Footprint Network, to develop a worldwide water stewardship programme for IHG.
As part of the programme, IHG and the Water Footprint Network will develop a deep understanding of IHG’s water usage at a local level, applying best practice techniques and behaviours to manage and reduce its water footprint. The partnership will build on the strong progress IHG is already making to reduce water consumption per occupied room in water-stressed areas, one of the company’s 2013-2017 Corporate Responsibility targets.
Paul Snyder, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility – Environmental Sustainability, IHG, commented: “We are delighted to add the Water Footprint Network’s expertise to the great work we’re doing towards achieving our reduction targets around water consumption...

Sky Zone To Hire 75 Exuberant People In Brighton »

August 20, 2015 at 8:32AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Sky Zone Brighton Brings High-Flying Fun to the Community
August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // BRIGHTON, Mich. – Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring more than 75 team members for its new park in Brighton, MI. Set to open in September, Sky Zone will elevate to greater heights with its newest park, offering Livingston County residents and visitors the ultimate gravity-defying experience.
The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimum excitement with high-flying activities such as Open Jump, for unique off-the-wall thrills, Ultimate Dodgeball, offering an interesting twist on a classic game, Sky Slam, which gives everyone the opportunity to showcase their best basketball dunks and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Sky Zone To Hire 70 Enthusiastic People In Manassas »

August 19, 2015 at 10:22AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Sky Zone Manassas To Bring High-Flying Fun to the Community
August 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // MANASSAS, Virg. – Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring more than 70 employees for its new park in Manassas, VA. Set to open in September, Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Manassas residents and visitors the ultimate thrill.
Sky Zone will soar to new heights with its newest park providing local residents and visitors the perfect gravity defying experience. The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for maximum high-flying fun 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 game, and Sky Slam, which offers a new and innovative way to dunk a basketball...

Survey Results Uncover New Traveler Segment »

August 19, 2015 at 7:28AM PDT | Source: Hampton By Hilton

“Seekenders” would choose memorable experiences over a significant job promotion
August 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – A recent survey on behalf of Hilton Worldwide’s (NYSE: HLT) global brand Hampton by Hilton uncovered a new type of traveler that has been defined as the “Seekender.” This new group regularly takes advantage of weekends to spontaneously enjoy new experiences, with travel being at the top of the list. The study, conducted by Wakefield Research*, also revealed that Seekenders base their travel around four main types of activities/passions: food, sports, music or the great outdoors. Respondents across different generations also agreed that hitting the road for adventure and having experiences in life ranks higher than money...

Hampton By Hilton Debuts In Merida, Mexico With Opening Of New Hotel »

August 13, 2015 at 10:07AM PDT | Source: Hampton By Hilton

 
New Hotel in the State of Yucatán Welcomes Visitors to Experience the “White City”
August 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // MERIDA, Mexico and MCLEAN, Va. – Hampton by Hilton continues its expansion in Mexico by announcing the opening of Hampton Inn by Hilton Merida – located in the largest city and capital of Mexico’s State of Yucatán. The new-build, 130-room hotel managed by Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) joins the global brand of more than 2,000 mid-priced Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and Hampton by Hilton hotels.
“We are excited to bring Hamptonality to the historical and recreational city of Merida,” said Phil Cordell, global head, Focused Service and Hampton by Hilton Brand Management, Hilton Worldwide...

Rebounderz Inks New Franchise Development Deal »

August 13, 2015 at 8:58AM PDT | Source: Rebounderz Franchise and Development

Indoor trampoline franchisor partners with franchise developer to expand arenas.
August 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // SANFORD, Fla. – Rebounderz Franchise and Development, the franchisors of Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena, signed with Strategic Franchise Development an affiliate of Franchise Dynamics to open 12 new arenas in 15 months and 145 additional arenas in 60 months.
Partnering with Strategic Franchise Development and their affiliates, which are one of the nation’s first full-service franchise sales outsourcing firms, allows Rebounderz to focus on operational excellence and its priority of safety. At the same time, the partnership allows the franchise to continue to expand its concept by leveraging outside sales organization...

Cruise Planners Sets Sail With ‘NSYNC’s Lance Bass On The Dirty Pop At Sea Cruise Next April »

August 13, 2015 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

For the first time ever, Cruise Planners is offering fans the chance to experience the Dirty Pop at Sea cruise hosted by Lance Bass and the Dirty Pop Crew onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Allure at Seas in April 2016
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (PRWEB) August 12, 2015 - Cruise Planners franchise owner Donald Goodlin announced today that fans can now book the limited-space Dirty Pop at Sea cruise with former ‘NSYNC singer and Dirty Pop radio host, Lance Bass. The week-long sailing will be out of Fort Lauderdale on Royal Caribbean International’s Allure at Seas on April 10-17, 2016.
Bass’ loyal fans, as he lovingly calls “peanuts,” are all invited to sail. For the first time ever, fans can sail with Bass, party all night with the Dirty Pop crew at the disco and explore the Eastern Caribbean with like-minded travelers on optional shore excursions...

Sky Zone Announces New Location In Bethlehem »

August 12, 2015 at 9:08AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Creator Of The World's First All-Walled Trampoline Playing Court Is Coming To Town
August 12, 2015 // Franchising.com // BETHLEHEM, Penn. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces its fourth Pennsylvania location in Bethlehem with plans to open their doors in winter 2015. For a WoW experience, the new 26,000 square foot facility will include Open Jump Courts, multiple Ultimate Dodgeball Courts, 3 SkySlam courts and the 10,000 cube Foam Zone as a local entertainment destination for kids and adults of all ages.
“Sky Zone provides a one-of-a-kind experience that promotes both fun and fitness,” said franchisee, Roseann Cox. “With a wide variety of activities in the park, we are pleased to offer guests of all ages a new way to experience off-the-wall fun...

School Of Rock Taking The Nation By Storm, One Rock Star At A Time »

August 11, 2015 at 10:11AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

Music Education Program Continues To Flourish With Experiential Learning Process
August 11, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education for all ages, is looking to further expand its influence and presence in the U.S. Since it’s launching in 1998, School of Rock has been inspiring students of all ages to rock- both on stage and in all areas of life- through their all-encompassing, performance based and hands on musical education. School of Rock is currently helping over 20,000 students find their inner rock star by giving them the opportunity to both work with the top professionals in the music world and collaborate with their own peers in efforts to take their talents to Led Zeppelin levels!
With over 160 schools in nine countries and counting, the School of Rock curriculum is unlike any other in providing students with unique musical experiences that they would not otherwise have the chance to encounter...

Sky Zone To Hire 150 Energetic People In Allendale »

August 11, 2015 at 10:08AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Sky Zone Allendale Brings High-Flying Fun to the Community
August 11, 2015 // Franchising.com // ALLENDALE, N.J. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring more than 150 employees for its new park in Allendale, NJ. Set to open in late August, Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Allendale residents and visitors the ultimate gravity-defying experience.
The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for maximum fun with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court where guests can literally bounce off the walls, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a new twist on a classic game, 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...

Sky Zone To Hire 100 Energetic People In Fenton »

August 11, 2015 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Sky Zone Fenton To Bring High-Flying Fun to the Community
August 11, 2015 // Franchising.com // FENTON, Mo. – Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring 100 employees for its new park in Fenton, MO. Set to open in September, Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Fenton residents and visitors the ultimate off-the-wall fun.
Sky Zone will soar to new heights with its newest park providing local 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, and Sky Slam which gives everyone the high–flying opportunity to slam dunk...

Sky Zone Announces New Location In Brighton »

August 03, 2015 at 9:16AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Creator Of The World's First All-Walled Trampoline Playing Court Is Coming To Town
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // BRIGHTON, Mich. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces its fourth Detroit-Area location in Brighton with plans to open their doors in September 2015. For a WoW experience, the brand new 24,000 square foot facility will include 40 Open Jump Courts, 3 Ultimate Dodgeball Courts, a 3 lane SkySlam court and the 10,000 cube Foam Zone.
“It is with great pleasure that I will be bringing Sky Zone to my hometown of Brighton,” said franchisee, Colleen Fitzgerald. “With the growing success of Sky Zone, the opening of our fourth location is sure to attract even more kids and adults alike and we can’t wait to show Livingston County residents how to have fun and stay active...

Sky Zone Charlotte Hosts “3 For 30” Event To Bring School Supplies To Children In Need »

August 03, 2015 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

World’s First Trampoline Park Partners With Classroom Central To Prepare Children For The Fall
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sky Zone Charlotte is teaming up with Classroom Central to provide essential school supplies to underprivileged children. With a large majority of the region’s students currently living in poverty, Classroom Central is dedicated to supporting over 100,000 students in 200 schools by collecting and distributing free school supplies. Sky Zone Charlotte is proud to help provide these children with the right tools and equipment they need to be successful in the classroom.
With the start of classes fast approaching, Sky Zone Charlotte is doing their part by giving back to the youth in the community...

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Choc Lobster Makes Retail Debut In World Of Beer Taverns »

August 03, 2015 at 7:02AM PDT | Source: World of Beer

#WOBTRIP Program Wraps With Premier Tapping of Award-Winning Beer in August
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tampa, Fla., and Milton, Del. - World of Beer is thrilled to wrap up its summer #WOBTRIP program by featuring a premiere brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Choc Lobster. Available for the first time ever at retail outside of its own brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, this beer is hard to find in bottles, and even harder to find on draught. WOB makes it easy for guests to experience this revered beer this August by featuring it on draught in taverns.
World of Beer taverns will receive a limited quantity of Choc Lobster, with a majority of taverns tapping the beer on August 7th. Guests are encouraged to check their local tavern location for tapping dates and availability...

CEC Entertainment, Inc. Reports Financial Results For The 2015 Second Quarter »

July 30, 2015 at 6:51AM PDT | Source: Chuck E. Cheese's

IRVING, Texas - July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - CEC Entertainment, Inc. (the "Company") today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 28, 2015.
"We are pleased to report positive same store sales growth this quarter of 3.0% at our Chuck E. Cheese's stores and 5.3% at our Peter Piper Pizza stores," said Tom Leverton, Chief Executive Officer. "We believe our initiatives to improve the overall food and entertainment experience at Chuck E. Cheese's are beginning to have an impact. The new menu at our Chuck E. Cheese's stores launched in April and has been very well received by our guests. We believe other initiatives like free guest Wi-Fi and enhanced hospitality training are also improving the in-store experience and helping to contribute to stronger traffic...



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