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Choice Hotels To Report Second Quarter 2015 Earnings On July 29, 2015 »

July 02, 2015 at 10:27AM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

ROCKVILLE, Md. - July 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) today announced that it will report its second quarter 2015 results on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, before the market opens. The company will hold a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2015 earnings on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 9 a.m. EST. Mr. Stephen P. Joyce, Choice Hotels' president and chief executive officer, and Mr. David White, chief financial officer, will discuss the company's performance.
The dial-in number for the teleconference is (855) 638-5678 and the access code is 72461415. International callers should dial (920) 663-6286 and enter access code 72461415. A live webcast will be available on the company's website, www.choicehotels...

Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa Officially Opens »

July 02, 2015 at 7:47AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

A new landmark, designed to foster connections, launches on Okinawa Island.
July 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), in collaboration with Ken Corporation and Ken Real Estate Lease, Ltd., today announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa - the first hotel under a Hyatt brand on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The hotel is the tenth hotel under a Hyatt brand in Japan, and it is the sixth Hyatt Regency hotel in the country, following Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka.
A mere 20-minute drive from Naha Airport, Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa is located between Naha’s main street of Kokusai Dori and Tsuboya Yachimun Dori, a historical street lined with traditional pottery workshops...

DoubleTree By Hilton Cleveland – Westlake Opens Following Multi-Million Dollar Renovation »

July 02, 2015 at 7:36AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

July 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // CLEVELAND, Ohio and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland – Westlake, located approximately 12 miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and convenient to the nearby Crocker Park Outdoor Shopping Center and local business destinations including OnBase by Hyland, Ford Motor Co., Ridge Tool and the world-famous Cleveland Clinic. Formerly a Holiday Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland – Westlake opens following a multi-million dollar transformation that includes a total renovation of the hotel’s guest rooms, public areas, meeting and banquet rooms. The hotel is owned by Cleveland Airport Hospitality and managed by Twin Tier Hospitality...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Announces Second Quarter 2015 Earnings Release Date »

July 01, 2015 at 10:13AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - July 1, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced today that it will release the company’s second quarter financial results prior to market open on Thursday, July 30, followed by a conference call at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The conference call will include a brief discussion of the quarter and a question-and-answer session. It will be moderated by Stephen Pettibone, Vice President of Investor Relations.
Participants may listen to the simultaneous webcast by logging onto Starwood’s corporate website at http://www.starwoodhotels.com/corporate/about/investor/earnings.html. A webcast replay will be available on the corporate website a few hours after the live event and will run for one year...

The Holiday Inn® Brand Continues Journey To Extraordinary Campaign »

June 30, 2015 at 10:35AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

By Asking Travelers to Share Their Stories of Incredible Travel
Iconic Hotel Brand and Web and Mobile Travel Platform Roadtrippers Help Travelers Plan, Capture and Share their Road Trip Memories
June 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announces the Holiday Inn® brand’s new collaboration with the web and mobile travel platform Roadtrippers. The Holiday Inn brand’s Journey to Extraordinary campaign, which launched in the summer of 2014, continues this summer with a focus on celebrating the joy of travel and the shared experiences travelers have while on the road. Together, the Holiday Inn brand and Roadtrippers will make it easier and more enjoyable for travelers to plan, chronicle and share their extraordinary travel experiences as they hit the road this summer...

Canopy By Hilton Says Hello To Reykjavik With Plans For New Hotel In Iceland »

June 30, 2015 at 7:50AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

June 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // REYKJAVIK, Iceland and MCLEAN, Va. – Canopy by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s (NYSE: HLT) new hotel brand that redefines the lifestyle hotel category, and Icelandair Hotels have unveiled plans for Canopy’s first hotel in Iceland’s vibrant capital – Reykjavik. “Canopy Reykjavik | City Centre” is expected to be the first hotel globally to open in the brand’s portfolio, which launched in October 2014.
“Reykjavik has an incredible energy and is a fitting setting in which to introduce our first Canopy by Hilton hotel,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide. “Iceland has grown in stature as a destination, owing to the efforts of Icelandair, which has improved the country’s connectivity and visibility as a global destination...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Innovative Aloft Brand To Expand Portfolio In California »

June 30, 2015 at 6:40AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Slated to Open in March 2017, aloft Dublin – Pleasanton will Appeal to the Evolving Global Traveler with Modern Style, Innovative Technologies and Live Music at W XYZ® Bar
STAMFORD, Conn. - June 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced its game-changing aloft brand will soon add yet another dynamic destination to its California portfolio with the upcoming debut of aloft Dublin-Pleasanton. Owned by Zenique Hotels, the new aloft is slated to open in March 2017 and will feature 120 loft-like rooms, a buzzing social scene and innovative brand-led programming.
“Designed for the evolving global traveller, aloft is a great fit for the tech-forward Dublin-Pleasanton area,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Cruise Planners’ Re-Introduces “Sea Of Love” Cruise Wedding Packages For All Couples »

June 30, 2015 at 5:20AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

On the heels of SCOTUS’ historic ruling about same-sex marriages, nation’s largest network of home-based travel agents offers complete wedding and event packages
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) June 30, 2015 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, recently enhanced its Sea of Love destination wedding program – with completely packaged weddings and vow renewals designed for all couples. This initiative enhances the company’s already growing wedding business, which has seen a spike during the past few years.
“We want to create memorable celebration ceremonies for all types of love and traditions,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Cut Water, Energy & Emissions »

June 30, 2015 at 4:18AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

From Front-Line Associates to General Managers, Starwood Properties are Reducing their Environmental Footprint While Saving Money and Enhancing the Guest Experience
STAMFORD, Conn. - June 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced it has reduced energy use by 12.08%, carbon emissions by 16.07% and water use by 17.26% across all owned, managed and franchised properties from 2008 through 2014. The reductions stem from Starwood’s 30/20 by 20 environmental goals, launched in 2009, to cut energy use by 30% and water use by 20% by 2020 globally. In 2013, Starwood added a goal to reduce carbon emissions by 30% during the same timeframe.
“We’re pleased with the progress and are encouraged by the reductions we made while maintaining an aggressive global growth strategy,” said Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Head of Global Citizenship at Starwood...

CruiseOne® Participates In #GiveThem20 Challenge To Raise Awareness For Military Veteran Employment »

June 29, 2015 at 11:47AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Home-based travel franchise challenges VetFran, CLIA and 1,000 CruiseOne franchisees.
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Members of the headquarters team of home-based travel franchise CruiseOne® recently spent the afternoon at the beach, all in the name of a good cause. The military-friendly franchise displayed their support of recruiting military veterans by participating in the new social media campaign #GiveThem20, which is sponsored by the non-profit American Corporate Partners (ACP) and helps returning military veterans find employment opportunities. The team completed 20 jumping jacks and challenged Cruise Line International Association (CLIA); International Franchise Association’s VetFran Committee; and 1,000 CruiseOne franchisees...

The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts Breaks Ground On First Oceanfront Resort In Los Cabos »

June 29, 2015 at 11:13AM PDT | Source: The Luxury Collection

Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos, Marks the Seventh Luxury Collection Hotel in Mexico
LOS CABOS, Mexico - June 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announced that the company broke ground on Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos over the weekend. The resort, owned by Quinta del Golfo de Cortez, SA de CV, will span 33 acres and include an extensive spa, residences, vacation ownership units and a private beach club. Slated to open in June 2017, Solaz will be Starwood’s first Luxury Collection hotel in Los Cabos and the brand’s seventh hotel in Mexico, following the recent conversion of Las Alcobas in Mexico City.
“This marks a milestone year for The Luxury Collection, as the brand continues to grow globally, debut marquee conversion hotels and invest in landmark renovations,” said Hoyt H...

Cruise Planners’ Brian Shultz Wins 40 Under 40 Award From South Florida Business Journal »

June 29, 2015 at 10:15AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners’ Executive Vice President, Technology and Operations recognized for technology innovations, community service and company leadership
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) June 29, 2015 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the industry, announced today that Executive Vice President, Technology and Operations, Brian Shultz was awarded the 40 Under 40 Award from South Florida Business Journal.
Shultz has been with Cruise Planners for more than five years, and in that time, he has moved from Director of Technology, to Vice President to Executive Vice President. His latest role includes more of an overarching leadership role tapping into his pragmatic, strategic and forward-thinking skills...

Key West Inns Launches New Website With Enhanced Features »

June 29, 2015 at 8:28AM PDT | Source: Key West Inn

June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Birmingham, AL – Vimana Franchise Systems, home of the franchise friendly brands, Centerstone Inns, Hotels & Plaza Hotels as well as Key West Inn, Hotels & Resorts announced today the launch of a new website for the Key West brand of hotels.
The new site, StayKeyWestHotels.com, provides visitors a more enhanced experience and simpler navigation. The site has been completely redesigned to provide a better online booking experience. The result is a fresh, new look with streamlined navigation and more property content.
“Our brand continues to grow with quality properties and we felt it was time to refresh our site and enhance the guest experience,” said Amanda Belmonte, Vimana’s VP of Franchise Services, “We believe this site will lead to more direct bookings for our properties...

Hyatt Announces Timing Of Second Quarter 2015 Earnings Release And Investor Conference Call »

June 26, 2015 at 4:17AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

June 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (“Hyatt” or the “Company”) (NYSE: H) announced today that it will release second quarter 2015 financial results on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, before the stock market opens, followed by a conference call at 10:00 a.m. CT.
All interested persons may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call, which may be accessed through the Company’s website at www.hyatt.com and selecting the Investor Relations link located at the bottom of the page, or by dialing 647.788.4901, passcode #73409721, approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available from 1:00 p...

Expedia CruiseShipCenters Offers Chance To Win An Unforgettable Disney Vacation »

June 25, 2015 at 6:36AM PDT | Source: Expedia CruiseShipCenters International Inc

One Lucky Winner Will Receive Vacation for Four on Disney Cruise Line
Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) June 25, 2015 - Imagine watching fireworks at sea in your best pirate outfit, swimming with stingrays in tropical waters off a private Bahamian island, meeting Anna and Elsa in person, or dining with Mickey Mouse.
Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® – part of Expedia Inc., is launching a most magical contest to award a spectacular land and sea vacation. One lucky winner could enjoy a vacation for four on a Disney Cruise Line ship and at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, all in one enchanting experience. The prize includes pure Disney magic at sea with a day of sun and fun on Disney’s own private island, Castaway Cay, plus the magic and thrills of all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks...

Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown - The Loop Celebrates Official Opening »

June 25, 2015 at 4:54AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

206-room Hyatt Place Hotel Located In Chicago’s Downtown Loop Area, The Heart Of Business, Financial And Theater Districts
June 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and OTO Development today announce the opening of Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown-The Loop. This is the first Hyatt Place hotel in Chicago’s downtown Loop area, ideally situated just minutes away from shopping and cultural attractions.
“Chicago is a world-class city and travel destination, and Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown-The Loop is a wonderful new option for all visitors. Located in the heart of the city’s business, financial and theater districts, the hotel offers convenient proximity to destinations like State Street, Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, American Girl Place, and many more...

Exceptional Riverside London Hotel Opens As DoubleTree By Hilton »

June 24, 2015 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands – Welcomes Guests Following Extensive Refurbishment
June 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // LONDON and MCLEAN, Va. – DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands on the banks of the River Thames, following an extensive refurbishment and reflagging.
The immaculate hotel offers 378 guest rooms with views across London’s iconic River Thames to Canary Wharf, a key business, shopping and entertainment precinct. It is the only hotel in London with its own pier – taking full advantage of its waterfront location – and offers stylish, modern accommodation, restaurants, bars and event venues. The hotel’s contemporary architecture and design draws inspiration from the site’s heritage as the distinguished Rotherhithe shipping dock – beautifully mixing modern comforts with the site’s historical maritime charm...

CruiseOne® Sells Out 2015 National Conference Aboard Norwegian Escape »

June 24, 2015 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Annual conference theme will be CONNECT.
June 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings — the world's largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, has announced that its 2015 National Conference aboard the brand new Norwegian Escape, has officially sold out. With record-breaking attendance for the second year in a row of more than 900 attendees, the National Conference will feature the theme CONNECT and focus on setting the framework for developing strong relationships as well as new opportunities. Attendees will be encouraged to connect socially using the hashtag #ConnectConference.
“We are one of the first travel agencies to host a week long national conference at sea and are pioneers in creating a national conference featuring dynamic content designed to engage and educate everyone from newbies to seasoned agents at the same time,” said Drew Daly, general manager of network engagement and performance for CruiseOne...

The Westin Chicago River North Completes Extensive Renovation »

June 24, 2015 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Located Just Steps from the “Magnificent Mile” Shopping District, The Westin Chicago River North Boasts Fresh Guest Room Décor and Refurbished 20th Floor Executive Club Lounge
CHICAGO - June 23, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Westin Chicago River North, owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, recently announced it has completed an extensive renovation that resulted in the transformation of its 429 guestrooms and 20th floor Executive Club Lounge. Operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), The Westin Chicago River North finished the three-month project in early March as part of the Westin brand’s efforts to continuously refresh its rapidly growing global portfolio, which topped 200 hotels in 2014...

Hospitality International, Inc. Welcomes Downtowner Inns Houston, TX »

June 23, 2015 at 6:19AM PDT | Source: Downtowner Inns

June 6, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tucker, GA - Hospitality International Inc. is pleased to welcome the Downtowner Inns Houston TX to the Hospitality International franchise system. The Downtowner Inns is centrally located close to so many area attractions such as the NASA Johnson Space Center or Bayou Place, a 130,000-square-foot entertainment megaplex featuring theaters, bars and restaurants. For the children or the child at heart try the water slides at Splashtown or the Houston Zoo. If shopping is for you, then try the Galleria Mall, the Woodlands Mall or the Market Center Complex. Play a round of golf at the Champions Golf Course, the PGA Golf Shell Open or Cypresswood Golf Club, just minutes from our hotel or enjoy a race at Sam Houston Race Park...



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