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Swift Hospitality Group Assumes Management of Champaign-Urbana Lodging, LLC's
Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, Champaign/Urbana, Illinois

Freeport, IL, Dec. 23, 2009: The Swift Hospitality Group, Inc. (SHG) based in Freeport, Illinois has assumed management of the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express Champaign/Urbana. The 201-room Holiday Inn and the 74-room Holiday Inn Express bring the company’s total number of rooms under management to 1,163, which represents 13 lodging properties in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

“Both properties have been upgraded as part of the Holiday Inn Relaunch program,” said Swift President and CEO David Swift. “More than $3 million was invested to upgrade the fullservice Holiday Inn, including public spaces, guest rooms, and exterior lighting and landscaping. Like Swift Hospitality, Holiday Inn is committed to revitalization and extraordinary customer service.”

The Holiday Inn features all of the amenities expected at a Swift Hospitality hotel – new, comfortable furnishings and beds as well as flat-screen televisions and a spacious work area to take advantage of the hotel’s free high-speed wireless Internet access. All standard guest rooms include a coffeemaker, microwave, mini fridge and tea maker. The Holiday Inn also features a 17,500 square-foot banquet and conference center and is home to Season’s Restaurant, where Kids Eat Free*.

Guests at the Holiday Inn Express next door can also expect new furnishings as well as comfortable triple-sheeted beds with an assortment of pillows for maximum comfort. Spacious desks, free high-speed wireless Internet access and in-room coffee makers are standard, and the breakfast buffet is complimentary.

“These hotels are just minutes away from the University of Illinois campus,” said SHG Executive Vice President of Operations Pam Thrasher. Our guests can enjoy a game at nearby Assembly Hall or Memorial Stadium and be back to relax in their room in no time. Since both of the hotels also feature indoor pools, families can appreciate their time together away from home too – all in a friendly,
comfortable atmosphere. So whether business or pleasure brings you to the area, you will feel right at home staying with us.”

Both properties are owned by Champaign-Urbana Lodging, LLC, headquartered in Springfield, IL. The general managers of the hotels are Shawn Finfrock (Holiday Inn) and Olline Taylor (Holiday Inn Express), who have made travelers comfortable for many years in the hospitality industry. For more information on group rates, business discounts, and vacation packages, please visit or call or 1-888-465-4329.

About Swift Hospitality
A family business, Swift Hospitality Group is dedicated to the development and management of select hospitality properties across the country. Striving for excellence in all endeavors, the group focuses on teaming with its partners to create opportunities, invest wisely, and turn multifaceted ideas into profitable projects with strong reputations for quality and service. Swift Hospitality Group now manages a hospitality portfolio in excess of $115 million throughout the United States including Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Whether as owners, franchisees, developers, or as a management company, they have crafted a distinctive corporate infrastructure to support their growing business and have created a culture of relationship-based success.

*Complete Terms & Conditions
Available at Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Select®, Holiday Inn SunSpree® Resort, and Holiday Inn Family SuitesTM Resort hotels in the U.S. and Canada. Kids Eat Free is available for kids age 12 years old and under dining in the hotel's restaurant from the Kid's Menu and when accompanied by a family member dining from the regular menu. For registered guests only. Limit 4 kids per dining family. Not available for room service. Not available with room rates negotiated for groups of 10 or more, travel industry rates or employee rates.


Pam Thrasher
Swift Hospitality
Executive Vice President of Operations



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