February 04, 2009 // Franchising.com // Orlando, FLA. - Holiday Inn Club Vacations today announced that resorts in Lake Geneva, Wis., and Panama City, Fla., are now part of the timeshare brand's portfolio. They join the flagship location, Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort in Orlando, Fla. Starting today, travelers can rent vacation villas in Lake Geneva and Panama City through a dedicated website at http://www.hiclubvacations.com/.
"We're pleased to offer leisure travelers and their families two more destinations for the ultimate resort vacation experience," said Christian Hempell, vice president, Holiday Inn Club Vacations. "Whether they're looking for a great golf experience, spa treatments, a ski getaway or a sunny beach escape, our guests will find that Holiday Inn Club Vacations provides the comfort and value of Holiday Inn in a full-service resort style environment, and they can now take advantage of two more Holiday Inn destinations to spend their precious leisure time with family."
Both resort properties offer a host of amenities for timeshare owners and guests:
Holiday Inn Club Vacations was announced in September 2008 as a strategic alliance between IHG, the world's largest hotel company, and Orange Lake Resorts, a leader within the timeshare industry with more than 25 years of proven success. This alliance is unique in that it allows IHG to enter the timeshare industry, purely through an exclusive licensing and marketing agreement with no capital investment. Orange Lake will continue to own and operate these resorts as a privately held company.
Don Harrill, President and CEO of Orange Lake Resorts, said, "These two unique resorts have been very popular with our members, many of whom live within a short driving distance. We're proud to fly the Holiday Inn Club Vacations flag at these resorts and look forward to welcoming not only our existing owners but Priority Club members and other guests booking through the website."
Through IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards, guests renting villas will earn Priority Club points during their stays at Holiday Inn Club Vacations, which they can redeem for free nights at IHG properties or exchange for merchandise and special experiences. These resorts will also welcome members of the newly formed Holiday Inn ClubTM exchange program, which allows members to exchange their weeks at any Holiday Inn Club Vacations resort for hotel nights at IHG's more than 4,100 hotels worldwide. Holiday Inn Club members will also have access to Resort Condominium International's (RCI) network of more than 4,000 resorts.
Later this month, the Ascutney Mountain Resort in Brownsville, Vt., will also go live as a Holiday Inn Club Vacations resort, and the brand will continue to seek opportunities to expand in top North American destination locations, adding more vacation experiences, features and benefits. Orange Lake also plans to build a flagship Holiday Inn Resort hotel at the Orlando resort and has the potential to develop up to 2,500 more timeshare villas at this location.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations was created in September 2008 as a strategic alliance between IHG, the world's largest hotel company, and Orange Lake Resorts, a leader within the timeshare industry with more than 25 years of proven success. Holiday Inn Club Vacation's flagship property in Orlando, located next to Walt Disney World® Resort, was established in 1982 by Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson. A 1,450-acre golf, water park and sports resort, Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort includes 2,412 villas and plans for expansion to 4,500 villas. Other member resort locations include Lake Geneva, Wis., and Panama City, Fla., with Brownsville, Vt., joining in late February. Holiday Inn Club members enjoy access to Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts and IHG's network of more than 4,100 hotels worldwide. Holiday Inn Club Vacations will continue to expand their Member Resorts to top North American destination locations.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 4,100 hotels and more than 600,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with 40 million members worldwide.
IHG has more than 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 200,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.