IHG to Open Crowne Plaza Near Milwaukee Airport
The property offers over 29,000 sq. ft. of exceptional meeting and banquet space
April 15, 2008 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], one of the world's largest hotel groups by number of rooms, today announced plans for a Crowne Plaza located near the Milwaukee Airport in Wisconsin. The hotel is expected to open in Q4 2008, following a complete interior and exterior renovation from the Ramada Inn and Conference Center.
Located just two miles from General Mitchell International Airport, the hotel is only eight miles from downtown Milwaukee and the Midwest Express Convention Center.
"Airport hotels are becoming popular sites for meetings business, and this property's close proximity to Milwaukee's airport will provide our guests with the meetings expertise of the Crowne Plaza brand at a convenient location," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Management, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, the Americas. "The hotel's comprehensive meetings package and space will be a great resource for some of the area's major companies such as Miller Breweries, Kohl's Corporation and General Mills."
The five-story Crowne Plaza will offer 194 guest rooms and a variety of amenities, including a 24-hour fitness center, business center, airport shuttle and restaurant and lounge. The fifth-floor will be the Executive Club floor with its own lounge.
The hotel will feature the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage program, which is available at all Crowne Plaza hotels in the Americas. Sleep Advantage encompasses the entire sleep
experience, from training staff on how to create and maintain a restful environment to providing innovative products and services. Program components include new bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet zones, night lights, drape clips, sleep CDs, sleep tips and amenities such as eye masks, ear plugs and lavender spray.
The Crowne Plaza will feature over 29,000 square feet of exceptional meeting and banquet space including three ballrooms over 4,000 square feet each, two additional ballrooms over 2,000 square feet each, and a 150-seat amphitheatre. Also consistent with the Crowne Plaza brand, the hotel will offer a comprehensive meetings package to ensure a seamless planning process and exceptional meeting experience consisting of three key components: a Two-Hour Response Guarantee, Crowne Meetings Director and a Daily Meetings Debrief.
The property will be located at 6401 South 13th St., Milwaukee, Wis., and is owned by Amana Hospitality, LLC, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts participates in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry's first and largest guest loyalty program has over 37 million members. Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG's almost 4,000 hotels worldwide.
Crowne Plaza was recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry's top growing brands. As part of the IHG global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has nearly 300 hotels in 52 countries, and are located in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit http://www.crowneplaza.com/ or call 1-800-2CROWNE.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is one of the world's largest hotel groups by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, almost 4,000 hotels and more than 585,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. IHG owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel Indigo®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with over 37 million members worldwide.
The company pioneered the travel industry's first collaborative response to environmental issues as founder of the International Hotels and Environment Initiative (IHEI). The IHEI formed the foundations of the Tourism Partnership launched by the International Business Leaders Forum in 2004, of which IHG is still a member today. The environment and local communities remain at the heart of IHG's global corporate responsibility focus.
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