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Holiday Inn Youngstown-South (Boardman)
Wins Top Awards for Excellence

ATLANTA (November):  The Holiday Inn Youngstown-South (Boardman, Ohio) has received the Holiday Hospitality Torchbearer Award, the company’s most prestigious award given for quality service.

The 1997 Torchbearer Awards were presented during a special ceremony at the annual Holiday Hospitality Worldwide Conference in Nashville, Tenn.  Len Lesko, general manager of the Holiday Inn Youngstown-South accepted the award.

The Holiday Inn Youngstown-South, locally owned and operated by the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation, is one of only 63 properties chosen from the entire Holiday Hospitality system of more than 2,300 hotels for maintaining the highest standards of excellence in product quality, hotel operations, guest services and profitability.  This is the fifth Torchbearer Award the hotel has received in the past seven years.  All five Torchbearer trophies, the company’s symbol of excellence, are on permanent display at the hotel and on the hotel’s web site at

“Recognizing the Holiday Inn Youngstown-South with a Torchbearer award means that we believe this property is one of the best hotels in the business,” said Thomas Oliver, chairman and CEO of Holiday Hospitality.  “Through its commitment to overall quality, hospitality and customer service, this hotel continuously exceeds the highest standards of excellence.”

In addition, the hotel was awarded the 1997 Priority Club Members’ Choice Award for ‘Best Hotel Staff’.  Members of the Holiday Hospitality frequent guest program, Priority Club, voted on the award.  Len Lesko, general manager of the hotel, accepted this award during the conference.   This is the second consecutive year that the hotel has received the Priority Club Members’ Choice Award.  Both Priority Club Members’ Choice trophies are on permanent display at the hotel.

“It is a privilege to recognize the Holiday Inn Youngstown-South as the hotel with the Best Hotel Staff,” said Thomas Oliver.  “This award is very special because the winners are chosen by our most frequent guests.  Each year guests’ expectations rise, challenging our hotels to be better than ever.  That makes Members’ Choice one of our most competitive awards, with the true winners being our guests.”

Over 2,700 franchise owners and operators, as well as company officials attended the Holiday Hospitality Conference in Nashville.

The Holiday Inn Youngstown-South is a full-service hotel featuring 118 guest rooms, banquets & meetings to 100 people, and T.J.’s Restaurant and Lounge.  Call (330) 726-1611 for information and reservations or visit our WWW site at


Holiday Hospitality, the hotel business of Bass PLC of the United Kingdom, operates or franchises more than 2,300 hotels and 390,000 guest rooms in more than 60 countries and territories.

The following service marks are owned by Holiday Inns, Inc., Bass International Holdings, N.V., their subsidiaries or affiliates:  Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn SelectSM, Holiday Inn Garden CourtSM, Holiday Inn SunSpree® Resort, Holidex®, Holidome®, Priority Club®, and Crowne Plaza PreferredSM.

Holiday Inn Worldwide offers information and reservations capability on the World Wide Web of the Internet – for Holiday Inn Hotels and for Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts.

Craig Smith
Holiday Inn Worldwide
(770) 604-2903

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