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  InterContinental Hotels Priority Club® Members Name Nickelodeon
Family Suites by Holiday Inn the “Best Holiday Inn - North America” 


Orlando, Fla. October 5, 2005 – Members of InterContinental Hotels Group’s Priority Club® Rewards have named Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn “Best Holiday Inn North America,” a major achievement for the newly redesigned resort which combines two widely successful brands, Nickelodeon and Holiday Inn.

Members of Priority Club Rewards, the industry's first and largest hotel loyalty program with more than 26-million members, cast their ballots for the Best Holiday Inn North America as part of the Priority Club Rewards Members’ ChoiceTM Awards from February-May 2005, selecting from more than 1,000 Holiday Inn properties in the U.S, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  The prestigious award was presented during a special ceremony at the annual InterContinental Hotels Group Americas Investors & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Sept. 20-22.

The hotel has continued to deliver above-and-beyond expectations, including overall services, staff, accommodations, dining and amenities, as it provides the ultimate kid-friendly vacation experience.

“This award is a testament that families have really bought into the Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn concept of messy, wild, good old family fun,” said Terry Whaples, president and operating partner of the hotel.  “Receiving this award is a wonderful honor because it proves that we truly provided an unforgettable vacation experience.”

Formerly the Holiday Inn Family Suites Resort Lake Buena Vista, the hotel completed a $25 million transformation this May to become the world’s first Nick-themed hotel.  The hotel has won the “Best Holiday Inn North America” award each year since it opened in 2001. 

Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn features 2- and 3-Bedroom KidSuites units, each with a separate parlor area that includes a 25” TV, pull-out sofa and game table; an adult bedroom with a king- or queen-size bed; and a Nick-themed kid’s bedroom with two twin beds or bunk beds, 20” TV, and more.  Each KidSuite features themes and characters from top-rated Nickelodeon shows including: SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, The Fairly OddParents, Jimmy Neutron, and Danny Phantom.
Two Nick-themed courtyards each include a multi-story play structure with waterslides, flumes, poolside games, and erupting geysers.  One of the pools highlights the ultimate splashdown under a 400-gallon dump tank.  The Mall, which is the hub of all activity for the hotel, features a food court with nationally branded eateries, and Studio Nick, a million dollar state-of-the-art theater presenting live, interactive Nickelodeon entertainment for families.  Kids can enjoy The Arcade, a 3,000-square-foot game room with prizes and a movie and game rental shop; and, Nicktoons Café where daily character breakfasts take place featuring select favorite Nick characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and Cosmo and Wanda from The Fairly OddParents.  In addition, a Kid’s Spa features services such as hair braiding, hair wraps and temporary tattoos.

Family Suites Resort, LLC, is a joint venture of two of America’s most experienced hospitality companies: Family Suites Hotel Holdings of Orlando (FSHH) and Miller Global Properties of Denver. 
• FSHH’s Terry Whaples is operating partner and president of Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn® and has developed, owned and operated numerous Holiday Inn properties for more than 30 years.  She co-founded the Family Suites property with her longtime business partners Henri Landwirth (who is also founder of Give Kids The World, a Central Florida charity that provides comprehensive free resort stays for terminally ill children and their families), U.S. Senator and Astronaut John Glenn, and Ed Rudman, co-founder and chairman of Pell Rudman, a Boston wealth management firm.
• Miller Global is a real estate company that develops, acquires, operates and owns hotels, office buildings and mixed use properties throughout the United States and Europe.  Headed by President Jim Miller, the company has been involved in 68 properties representing more than $2 billion of asset value comprising 8.25 million square feet of office space and 1,500 hotel rooms.  Prior to forming Miller Global, various principals were involved in the development, management and/or ownership of such prestigious hotels as The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay, Aspen’s Little Nell Hotel, and The Beverly Hills Hotel.
About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 26th year, is the number one entertainment brand for kids.  It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does.  The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines, and feature films.  Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 89 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for more than nine consecutive years.  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International, Inc.
About Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group family of brands with global headquarters in the U.K. and American headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.  With more than 1,400 properties worldwide and nearly 1,000 in the U.S., Holiday Inn is the most recognized lodging brand in the world and certainly the most iconic.  


Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn 
Wendy Jo Moyer, (407) 423-8006
Joanna Roses, (212) 846-7326
Holiday Inn 
Virginia Osborne, (770) 604-2037 

Also See: Combining Two Brands, Nickelodeon and Holiday Inn, the $110 million Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn® Opens in Orlando / June 2005
Nickelodeon Partnering with Holiday Inn® to Develop the First Nick-themed Hotel, the Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn - Orlando / October 2003

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