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MMI Hotel Group Completes $11 million Conversion of the 317-room
Holiday Inn Jacksonville Airport Hotel to the Crowne Plaza Brand

ATLANTA – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announced that the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport has opened after undergoing a recent renovation. The 317-room property is the larger of only two full-service hotels in the Jacksonville airport area. 

“We are excited about the recent renovations that have taken place at our hotel,” said Mark Kane, general manager, Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport.  “These improvements, along with being the largest and newest hotel near the Jacksonville airport, will allow us to provide an upscale guest experience for both business and leisure travelers visiting the city.” 

”This hotel offers exceptional meeting and banquet space to cater to guests visiting the property for small- to medium-sized events,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG. “The location of the hotel is convenient for business travelers arriving at the Jacksonville airport as well as leisure guests visiting nearby attractions.” 

The Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport has 315 guestrooms and 2 suites all well appointed with 37” flat-screen TVs, granite countertops, and many additional upgraded features.  Guests have access to a variety of amenities including complimentary wi-fi in the guestrooms and public spaces, indoor/outdoor heated pool, fitness center, business center, same-day laundry and dry cleaning.  The hotel has three dining offerings, including Rainforest Lounge, Savannah Bistro Restaurant, and Biscotti’s Internet Café. 

Consistent with the Crowne Plaza brand, the hotel features the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage®, available at all Crowne Plaza hotels in the Americas.  Sleep Advantage encompasses the entire sleep experience, from training staff on how to create and maintain a restful environment to providing innovative products and services.   Program components include signature bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet zones, night lights, drape clips and amenities such as eye masks, ear plugs and lavender spray. 

The Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport is nearby a number of destinations including historic St. Augustine, Amelia Island and world-renowned golf courses and beaches.  Guests departing on Carnival Cruise ships can also enjoy a short ride to the terminal. 
The Crowne Plaza brand’s comprehensive meetings program ensures a seamless planning process and an exceptional meeting experience consisting of three key components: a Two Hour Response Guarantee, Crowne Meetings Director and a Daily Meetings Debrief.  The hotel has more than 8,000 square feet of flexible, upscale meeting space, which includes a 2,900 square foot ballroom. 

The property, located at 14670 Duval Road, is owned and managed by MMI Hotel Group, Inc., and under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. 

About MMI Hotel Group
On May 19th, 1956, MMI opened its first property — a Holiday Inn in Meridian, Mississippi. It may seem like an humble beginning, but this was just the first step down a long and successful road for Mike Sturdivant, his uncle, J.C. Wilbourne, and his old Harvard Business School roommate, Earle Jones. Looking back on our history, it seems fitting that MMI started by bringing together family and old friends.

Even then, MMI was a visionary company. Holiday Inn was a very young chain, but Mike saw the potential for something huge. The industry has changed a lot since then, but some things have stayed the same. MMI is still a leader and innovator in the industry and we still believe in good old-fashioned Southern hospitality. Today, MMI has grown into two distinct, yet fully interdependent and complementing divisions; MMI Hotel Group and MMI Dining Systems. Together, the two divisions own, manage or serve over 100 locations in the Southeastern U.S. We're happy to know that every day tens of thousands of guests can experience the same comfort, satisfaction, and personal service that all started in one small hotel in Meridian, Mississippi.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [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, nearly 4,400 hotels and over 640,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world.


Emily Brinkley
Corporate Communications Specialist
T: 770.604.2037

Also See: Alaska's First Crowne Plaza Opens as First Full-Service Hotel Owned by Anchorage Hospitality, LLC, and Sixth Anchorage Property Managed by The Hotel Group / July 2009

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