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Developers Mike Levis and David West Building a
60-room Holiday Inn Express in Antigo, Wisconsin

Antigo, WI (11/13/2007) – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms announces plans for a new 60-room Holiday Inn Express in Antigo, WI. The new property is expected to open in 2008 and will be Antigo’s first Holiday Inn Express hotel.

Holiday Inn Express-Antigo will be owned by Mike Levis and David West of Antigo Accommodations, L.L.C., under a license agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group and managed by IHG's Americas operations division. Antigo resident Tori Kautza, who has seven years experience in management in both the hotel industry and Holiday Inn, will be the local manager.

Guests at the upcoming Holiday Inn Express – Antigo will experience a comfortable and smart environment with innovative preferred guest upgrades to ensure a productive stay while traveling for business or leisure. The Express Start® breakfast bar, a complimentary café-style breakfast bar features a proprietary cinnamon roll and Smart Roast® coffee as well as other morning favorites.  The SimplySmart™ shower incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart™ Kohler showerhead, upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and a new line of cinnamon-scented bath products. Guests will enjoy the SimplySmart™ bedding collection where guests will find new crisp fresh bedding which features an attractive decorative top sheet, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft 200 thread-count sheets. Simply Smart bedding is currently being implemented at Holiday Inn Express hotels across the country. 

“Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers,” said Verchele Wiggins, vice president, Brand Management, Holiday Inn Express. “With more than 1,700 properties worldwide and more than 600 properties in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to expand in markets like Antigo,  providing our guests with a enhanced stay experience at a great value.”

The new 60 room property offers a variety of amenities such as an indoor pool, exercise room, and  Standard Holiday Inn Express guest rooms feature comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, in room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast 100% Arabica coffee.  Business travelers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs, free high-speed internet access and free local phone and toll free (U.S. and Canada only), two phones with private voicemail and complimentary USA Today newspapers.  
The property is within walking distance to Steger’s Bar & Grill, Refuge Restaurant, Taco Johns, & Country Kitchen.

About Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express is the modern hotel for value-oriented travelers. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Holiday Inn Express is the fastest growing hotel brand in the industry, opening on average two hotels a week. Holiday Inn Express adds to its achievements a growing list of industry and consumer accolades.  Most recently, Holiday Inn Express was named one of America’s Greatest Brands by the American Brands Council. The brand has also been named the top hotel choice for entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur Magazine; the Best Budget Hotel Value in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 12th Annual Business Travel Awards; the best low-priced hotel in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 10th Annual Travel Awards and recently won their 6th EFFIE award since entering in 1999.  Presented by the New York American Marketing Association, The EFFIE Awards is one of the most recognized and coveted awards for marketing excellence. Holiday Inn Express hotels offer outstanding value and customer service in more than 1,700 locations around the world.  For more information about Holiday Inn Express or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit


 Mike Levis & David West 
Holiday Inn Express 

Also See: Stay Jay Hotels, LLC and Pride Hospitality Begin Construction on a 73 room Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Portland, Indiana / August 2007


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