New Holiday Inn Express Franchise Approved For Urbana, Illinois

Intercontinental Hotels Group announced today that it has approved a franchise request for a Holiday Inn Express in Urbana, Illinois. Johnson Development Company and the Champaign-Urbana Motel Partners will develop the 72-room Express adjacent to the existing Holiday Inn on Killarney Street. Construction on the project will commence in April of 2005 with an anticipated opening in the spring of 2006. Visit for updates of construction progress.

JDC Hotel ranks 4th in the nation for Signature

The Hampton Inn and Suites – Springfield, SW is at it again. After eleven complete months in 2004 the hotel is ranked number four of 2,143 hotels nationwide participating in the Signature Sales program. The success of the program at the hotel, measured by mystery callers to the hotel each month, has lead to an increase in guest satisfaction and frequent comments about the ease and quality of the reservation process when calling the hotel directly.