Howard Johnson to the Duke and Duchess: How About Howard?
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Howard Johnson to the Duke and Duchess: How About Howard?

Iconic Hotel Chain Offers $25,000 to Charity If the Royal Baby Shares Founder's Name

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwired - Jun 26, 2013) - Kate and William are expecting their first child in under a month but still no word on a name. With the clock ticking and anticipation growing, iconic hotel chain Howard Johnson® is offering a donation of $25,000 to the charity of the Duke and Duchess's choice, should they choose to name the baby Howard.

The hotel brand isn't the first to make a suggestion as to what the child's name should be -- Kate has reportedly been inundated by texts from friends offering suggestions while public polls on the topic seem to be a regular occurrence.

"Picking a child's name is never an easy decision and one can only imagine that choosing the name for the future British Head of State adds a bit of extra pressure," said John Valletta, president of the Howard Johnson brand. "We're very fond of the name Howard and it's our hope that Kate and William will be too. Is it a long shot? Sure, but that's part of the fun."

In the celebratory spirit of the occasion, the hotel chain has announced an offer for non-royals too: 20 percent off the best available rate when booking three consecutive nights or more at any participating Howard Johnson hotel. The offer is valid at hotels in the U.S. and Canada and full details are available at under deals and discounts.

In addition to standard perks like free breakfast and Wi-Fi, guests who book the above offer can also expect to earn valuable points for their stay, provided they enroll in Wyndham Rewards® -- the brand's free to join guest loyalty program. Wyndham Rewards is the only hotel loyalty program to offer guaranteed rewards with each and every qualified stay. To learn more, visit

About Howard Johnson

Part of Wyndham Hotel Group, the Howard Johnson® hotel brand is an iconic chain of nearly 450 hotels with locations around the world, most of which offer an array of complimentary amenities including free Wi-Fi and free Rise & Dine® continental breakfast. Many properties also offer meeting and fitness facilities, swimming pools and the opportunity to earn and redeem points through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand's guest loyalty program.

Each Howard Johnson hotel is independently owned and operated under franchise agreements with Howard Johnson International, a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN). Reservations and information are available by calling 1-800-221-5801 or by visiting

Wyndham Hotel Group is the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,380 hotels and over 631,800 rooms in 66 countries under 15 hotel brands. Additional information is available at For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit

About Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham Rewards, the free-to-join guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group, is the world's largest lodging loyalty program as measured by number of participating hotels and the only hotel loyalty program to offer members guaranteed rewards after just one stay.

With nearly 7,000 participating hotels throughout more than 50 countries, the program offers nearly seven million active members the opportunity to earn valuable points for their stays. Those points may be redeemed for hundreds of rewards options including free hotel stays, airline travel, gift cards for leading retailers and restaurants and more. Free stays start as low as 5,500 points, while other reward options start as low as 50 points. Members may also choose to earn airline or rail miles with over 20 leading carriers.

In addition to the above benefits, frequent travelers will appreciate the program's newly introduced Gold Status tier, which provides the program's most loyal members with an additional free night after every 20 qualified stays. For more information or to join, visit



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