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Sixt Rent A Car Franchisee Opens New In-Terminal Branch At Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS) »

August 28, 2015 at 5:53AM PDT | Source: Sixt

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Sixt SE and its U.S. Franchise Unit (Sixt Franchise USA, LLC) announce the opening of a new branch to service the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California (https://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/santa-rosa-ca/sonoma-county-airport). This is the second Sixt branch in Sonoma County, preceded by a branch that opened last year which services the Santa Rosa local area (https://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/fulton-ca/fulton-downtown).
"The new, in-terminal Sixt branch will provide great convenience for customers flying in," said Craig Olson, Executive Vice President of North America Franchise Development for Sixt. "We look forward to providing great service and vehicles to incoming travelers, all at a reasonable price...

Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal Celebrates Official Opening »

August 28, 2015 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

114-room Hyatt Place hotel opens in the center of burgeoning Uptown Normal, Illinois
August 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal, the first Hyatt Place in Normal, Illinois, is officially open. The hotel brings the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere, and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food offerings, to the bustling Bloomington-Normal area.
Located on Broadway Avenue, Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal is centrally positioned in vibrant Uptown Normal. The hotel is adjacent to Uptown Station’s various public transportation services, enabling an ease of access in and around central Illinois. Nearby attractions include the Illinois State University (ISU) art gallery, the historic Normal Theater, an array of specialty boutiques, a buzzing restaurant and nightlife scene, and the always fun Children’s Discovery Museum...

DoubleTree By Hilton Expands Presence In New York State With DoubleTree By Hilton Nanuet Hotel Opening »

August 27, 2015 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

August 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // NANUET, N.Y. and MCLEAN, Va. – DoubleTree by Hilton debuts its newest New York offering today with DoubleTree by Hilton Nanuet, a modern 156-room hotel located near the Village of Nyack. Previously a Comfort Inn and Suites, the hotel has completed a multi-million dollar renovation that includes a total redesign of the lobby, fully-updated guest rooms and revamped public areas. DoubleTree by Hilton Nanuet is owned by Rockland Hospitality Associates, LLC and managed by Palisades Lodging Corporation.
“With beautifully-remodeled guest rooms, studio suites and king suites, DoubleTree by Hilton Nanuet will be a premier destination for travelers visiting this picturesque northeast town,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton...

Choice Hotels Announces Expansion Of Cambria Hotels & Suites In Bloomington, MN. »

August 27, 2015 at 8:22AM PDT | Source: Cambria Suites

ROCKVILLE, Md. - Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, announced it has signed an agreement with franchise partners Ceres Development and Orlean Enterprises, to develop a new Cambria hotel & suites in Bloomington, MN. The 160-room Cambria property will be located at the intersection of 28th Avenue South and American Blvd. East in Bloomington, MN and is expected to open in 2017. The hotel will serve Mall of America visitors as well as the surrounding area.
"Cambria hotels & suites continues to experience tremendous growth," said Michael Murphy, senior vice president, Upscale Brands, Choice Hotels International. "This is a great opportunity for our brand, and we're thrilled to once again partner with Ceres to become neighbors with a world-class attraction like the Mall of America...

Wyndham Worldwide Receives MBA Orlando "Corporate Ally Of The Year" Award »

August 27, 2015 at 5:55AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

August 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. – Wyndham Worldwide, (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, has been recognized with the “Corporate Ally of the Year” award at Metropolitan Business Association (MBA) Orlando’s 4th Annual Pride in Business Awards Gala on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Each year, MBA Orlando - Central Florida’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce - celebrates LGBT and allied businesses and community leaders who promote diversity and business equality and go above and beyond for the LGBT community.
"Diversity and inclusion are at the core of our Wyndham Worldwide culture, and it is an honor to receive this award from MBA Orlando,” said Sarah King, executive vice president of human resources at Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO)...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Celebrates Milestone Opening Of Sheraton Bucharest Hotel »

August 27, 2015 at 5:14AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Located in the Dynamic Capital of Romania, Sheraton Bucharest Hotel Marks First Entry by Starwood in the Country and Continues Rapid Sheraton Growth
BUCHAREST, Romania - August 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced its market entry in Romania with the opening of the Sheraton® Bucharest Hotel, centrally located in one of the most charming cities in central Europe. In partnership with S.C. Grand Plaza Hotel S.A., the milestone debut builds upon the Sheraton first mover advantage in the region and expands the brand’s European portfolio to more than 60 hotels.
“As a market debut for Starwood and Sheraton, Romania symbolizes an important expansion opportunity while also putting Sheraton one step closer to its goal of opening more than 150 new hotels over the next five years,” said Dave Marr, Global Brand Leader, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts...

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...

Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst Celebrates Official Opening »

August 25, 2015 at 11:08AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

137-room Hyatt Place hotel opens in Amherst, central to Buffalo’s main attractions.
August 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst, the first Hyatt Place in Western New York, is officially open in Amherst, N.Y. The hotel brings the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere, and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food offerings, to the Buffalo area.
Located on Main Street, directly off of Interstate 290, Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst is central to all of Buffalo’s main attractions. The attractive, beautifully landscaped hotel is less than five miles from Buffalo Niagara International airport, the University at Buffalo, and two of Buffalo’s largest malls...

The Holiday Inn Resort® Brand Awards Five Lucky Fans A Once In A Lifetime Weekend To Run Away With Country Music Stars Big & Rich »

August 25, 2015 at 10:11AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

Hotel brand offers free downloads of Big & Rich’s new single “Run Away with You”
August 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announces the Holiday Inn Resort® brand’s new collaboration with country music sensation Big & Rich. The hotel brand teamed up with Big & Rich and awarded five of the band’s most die-hard fans the chance to “run away” with them to the Holiday Inn Resort® Pensacola Beach Gulf Front for a once in a lifetime trip, which took place this past weekend.
The American country music duo Big Kenny and John Rich, who make up Big & Rich, are songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists, known for explosive live performances and a devoted fan base across America...

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...

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...

Sixt Group Accelerates Growth During First Half Of 2015 And Rises Full-year Outlook »

August 20, 2015 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Sixt


Consolidated operating revenue up by 16.7% in the first half, second quarter climbs by as much as 18.4%
Dynamic growth of rental revenues: foreign operation revenues up by 36.3% after six months, domestic revenue climbs 9.9%
Earnings before taxes (EBT) climb 10.8% to almost EUR 75 million, despite significantly higher expenditures for expansionary measures
Revenues and earnings outlook for the whole of 2015 revised upwards

August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // Pullach – The Sixt Group recorded strong growth during the first half of 2015, that surpassed expectations. The improvement was mainly driven by higher rental revenues in the Vehicle Rental Business Unit. In the second quarter, growth dynamism picked up against the first three months...

Cruise Franchise Named Among Top Private Companies In Florida »

August 19, 2015 at 12:12PM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

CruiseOne® Recognized by South Florida Business Journal and Florida Trend
August 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Leading home-based travel agencies CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®, which are part of World Travel Holdings, have been recognized by South Florida Business Journal and Florida Trend and on their annual lists of Top Private Companies based on revenue.
“To be recognized year after year as one of the top private companies in the region and state is truly an honor and testament to our hard-working franchisees and employees, as well as the strength of the travel industry,” said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne. “We have been making home-based business opportunities a reality for more than 30 years by providing travel professionals with the marketing, technology and support needed to be successful in creating dream vacations for their clients...

Hyatt Selects Samie Barr As Vice President – Global Brands »

August 19, 2015 at 9:13AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Barr to lead brand experience marketing for Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt
August 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that Hyatt has named Samie Barr as vice president, global brands. Barr will be responsible for the brand development and management of the Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt brands. She will report to Sandra Cordova Micek, senior vice president, global brands.
“Samie comes to us with a track record of success and a wealth of experience in every facet of marketing, and her collaborative style is a wonderful fit for Hyatt,” Micek said. “She will be an instrumental leader to Hyatt as we continue to build distinctive experiences for the Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt brands globally...

The Admiral Hotel Mobile To Join Hilton Worldwide’s Curio – A Collection By Hilton Portfolio »

August 19, 2015 at 6:27AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

1940’s Era Alabama Hotel to Bring Southern Charm to Global Collection
August 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) today announced that the iconic Alabama building, The Admiral Hotel Mobile, will join Curio – A Collection by Hilton, a hand-picked global set of upscale and luxury properties embodying the distinct culture and spirit of their local communities. The hotel is scheduled to re-open this fall as The Admiral Hotel Mobile, Curio Collection by Hilton following a multimillion-dollar renovation.
The property originally opened in 1940 and became known as the first building in Mobile to have air conditioning, and featured a cocktail lounge, coffee shop, drug store and National Airlines Office...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Introduces Sheraton Grand »

August 19, 2015 at 5:11AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

From Rio to Beijing, Tokyo to Dubai: New Premier Tier Celebrates Best of Sheraton Brand with Focus on In-Demand Destinations, Service Excellence, and Outstanding Designs
100 Sheraton Hotels to be Recognized with Grand Designation by Early 2017
STAMFORD, Conn. - August 19, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today introduced Sheraton Grand, a new premier tier that recognizes exceptional Sheraton hotels and resorts for their enticing destinations, distinguished designs, and excellence in service and guest experiences. Starwood revealed the first ten Sheraton Grand properties, which span from Bangalore to Beijing, Dubai to Edinburgh, Miyazaki to Seoul, Taipei to Bangkok, and Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro...

Curio – A Collection By Hilton Celebrates Brand’s First Hotel In Midwest With Opening Of Hotel Alex Johnson In South Dakota »

August 18, 2015 at 10:16AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

August 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // RAPID CITY, S.D. and McLEAN, Va. – A historic hotel with a blend of American Western, German and Native American culture, Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City today joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton. As Hilton Worldwide’s (NYSE: HLT) rapidly-expanding global collection of distinctive hotels, Curio caters to passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences. Located in the heart of downtown Rapid City and near Main Street Square, Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton is located just steps from a variety of award-winning restaurants and some of the region’s most diverse shopping and entertainment venues.
”Hotel Alex Johnson combines an ideal location with a historic setting for an authentic guest experience, and has also hosted six U...

Aloft Announces Robotic Changes »

August 18, 2015 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Botlrs Roll out to Select aloft Hotels across the Country
aloft Silicon Valley Adds New Botlr to Full-Time Staff; Industry’s First-Ever Botlr Heads to Miami for Summer Stint, then Zips to New York City in Early Fall
STAMFORD, Conn. - August 18, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - aloft Hotels, the innovative hotel brand for today’s hyper-connected global traveler, today announced that its second robotic butler, or Botlr, is officially reporting for full-time duty at aloft Silicon Valley, effective immediately. This is the brand’s second full-time cyber associate, following the debut of the world’s first Botlr at aloft Cupertino last year. Additionally, starting August 27, the original aloft Botlr will hit the road, rolling across country to aloft Miami South Beach, and will later be transferred to the new aloft Manhattan Downtown - Financial District for a short stint this Fall before returning to Cupertino...

RLHC Opens Two California Locations »

August 17, 2015 at 7:22AM PDT | Source: Red Lion Hotels

SPOKANE, Wash. - Aug. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE:RLH) today announced it has opened two new franchise locations in California, including the Red Lion Hotel Bakersfield and the Red Lion Inn & Suites Auburn.
"The opening of the Bakersfield hotel marks our return to a legacy Central California market and Auburn is an entirely new market for us," said RLHC Senior Vice President & Chief Franchise Officer Brian Quinn. "Our team continues to work diligently to make conversions such as these simple for owners. Their investment in the property and in RLHC underscores their commitment to our guests."
The Red Lion Hotel Bakersfield, located at 2620 Buck Owens Blvd, has 198 guest rooms, a restaurant and lounge, and 4,000 square feet of meeting space, which was remodeled in 2014...

Third Cutting-Edge W Hotel To Rise In The City Of Angels »

August 17, 2015 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

W Los Angeles – Downtown to Take Front Row Seat in Downtown L.A.’s Energetic Entertainment District
STAMFORD, Conn. - August 17, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) together with Shenzhen Hazens Real Estate Group Co. Ltd. today announced a deal to expand the iconic W brand’s longtime presence in Los Angeles with the signing of W Los Angeles Downtown, slated to open early in 2019. Located within an upscale mixed-use development directly across from the L.A. LIVE entertainment complex, the hotel will join W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills and W Hollywood as the brand’s third hotel in the metropolis. Set to attract global jetsetters and trendsetting locals alike, W Los Angeles – Downtown will bring its cutting-edge design and Whatever/Whenever service philosophy to this vibrant, dynamic location...



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