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Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport Wins InterContinental Hotels
Group 2007 Torchbearer Award for the Ninth Year

Cincinnati, OH, November 5, 2007 - The Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport has received InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 2007 Torchbearer Award for the ninth year. "It is my pleasure to name the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport as one of the finest hotels in our industry," said Steve Porter, president, the Americas, IHG.  "This hotel embodies the spirit, product and service that continue to make our properties known and admired throughout the world." InterContinental Hotels Group is the world's largest hotel group based on total number of rooms and the Torchbearer is the most prestigious company award bestowed, recognizing the Top 20 in Overall Satisfaction of all Holiday Inns throughout North America and Canada. 

The awards were officially presented at the 2007 IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas, October 22-24, 2007, with more than 4,000 franchise owners, operators and company officials in attendance. David Smith, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport proudly accepted the award for the hotel, which currently ranks in the top 1% of all Holiday Inns worldwide. 

The Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport is one of only 69 properties chosen from the IHG system of more than 3,800 hotels for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation -- from quality to customer satisfaction. The 2007 Torchbearer trophy will be on permanent display at the hotel for guests from all over the world to view. 

Managed by Winegardner & Hammons of Cincinnati, OH, the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport is also the proud recipient of the following awards: 

  • Service Excellence Award - Top 10 Service scores of all Holiday Inns in North America and Canada 
  • Best 4 Breakfast Award - Top 10 Breakfast Satisfaction scores of all Holiday Inns in North America and Canada 
  • Awilda Putthoff - Best of the Best Award, Reservations/Revenue Manager
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) of the United Kingdom [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 3,800 hotels and more than 563,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. IHG owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental(r) Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza(r) Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn(r) Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express(r), Staybridge Suites(r), Candlewood Suites(r) and Hotel Indigo(r), and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club(r) Rewards with over 33 million members worldwide.

The company pioneered the travel industry's first collaborative response to environmental issues as founder of the International Hotels and Environment Initiative (IHEI). The IHEI formed the foundations of the Tourism Partnership launched by the International Business Leaders Forum in 2004, of which IHG is still a member today. The environment and local communities remain at the heart of IHG's global corporate responsibility focus.

IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at and information for the Priority Club Rewards program at For the latest news from IHG, visit the online Press Office at

About Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. is a full-service hotel management company with a reputation for progressive and successful hospitality management.  The WHI owned/managed portfolio includes resorts, all-suite, extended-stay, full service and conference center hotels in many diverse markets across the United States.  WHI currently manages over 26 hotels in the United States and is affiliated with most major hotel brands.  For more information on WHI, please visit our web site at


David Smith 
General Manager 
Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport 

Nadine DeGenova
Public Relations Group
455 Douglas Avenue, Suite 2155-10
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714


Also See: Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. Managed Properties Wins Prestigious Partnership Circle Award and Service Excellence Award for the 10th Consecutive Year; Awards Presented at the Marriott International National Association (MINA) Conference / October 2007

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