March 30, 2011 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced the opening of the Holiday Inn Express Tampa North - Telecom Park following a conversion from a La Quinta Inn & Suites that included guest room and furniture upgrades as well as decorative enhancements.
Conveniently located just off Interstate 75 in Tampa's Telecom Park, the 92-room Holiday Inn Express offers an array of amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool and spa, 24-hour business center and free wireless Internet connections. The hotel also has 700 square feet of meeting space, which can accommodate up to 70 people.
"Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Management, The Americas, IHG. "With more than 2,000 properties worldwide and nearly 500 properties in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to provide our guests with an enhanced-stay experience at a great value. We welcome this hotel into the Holiday Inn family."
The new four-story Holiday Inn Express Tampa North - Telecom Park is located at 13294 Telecom Drive in Telecom Park, just minutes from the University of South Florida and Busch Gardens. The hotel is also close to several major medical facilities including the Moffitt Cancer Center, the James A. Harley Veteran's Administration Medical Center, University Community Hospital and University of South Florida Hospital. The Verizon Business Park and the Hidden River Business Park are just a short distance away.
For leisure travelers, the Holiday Inn Express Tampa North - Telecom Park is just a short drive from MOSI (the Museum of Science and Industry) and the Adventure Island water park. Area attractions located nearby include the Sun Dome, Lowry Park Zoo, Port of Tampa, Florida Aquarium and Lettuce Lake Park.
"We are pleased to be joining the Holiday Inn family in such a great location for business and leisure travelers visiting Tampa," said General Manager Chuck Pletcher. "We look forward to providing our guests with fantastic service, a fresh look and new amenities throughout the property."
All guest rooms include 32" flat-screen televisions and the SimplySmartTM shower - which incorporates a proprietary Stay SmartTM Kohler showerhead - a signature shower curtain with curved rod, upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and a custom line of cinnamon-scented bath products. Guests will also enjoy the SimplySmartTM bedding collection where they will find new, crisp fresh bedding, which features an attractive decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft 200 thread-count sheets.
Guests will enjoy the free Express StartSM Breakfast Bar with hot breakfast favorites like scrambled eggs or omelets, bacon or sausage, and biscuits. They will also find traditional breakfast buffet items such as cereal, yogurt, breads, 100 percent Arabica Smart Roast CoffeeSM and Express StartSM hot cinnamon rolls.
The Holiday Inn Express Tampa North - Telecom Park is owned and managed by Tampa, Florida-based Liberty Group of Companies led by President and Chief Operating Officer Punit R. Shah under a licensing agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.
Holiday Inn Express hotels participate in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry's first and largest guest loyalty program has 56 million members. Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on www.priorityclub.com, calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG's nearly 4,400 hotels worldwide.
Holiday Inn Express hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travelers. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free, hot Express Start® Breakfast Bar, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (US and Canada only). There are currently more than 2,000 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe. For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit http://www.hiexpress.com/.
Notes to Editors:
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, over 4,400 hotels and more than 640,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized 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 program, Priority Club® Rewards with 56 million members worldwide.
IHG has almost 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline, which is expected to create 160,000 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.