JDC and Urbana Motel Partners to Break Ground on Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites

The Urbana Motel Partners and Johnson Development Company, LLC announced that they will officially break ground for a new 74-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites to be located at 1003 Killarney Street in Urbana, IL. Ground-breaking ceremonies will be held at 10:00 am, Monday June 13, 2005. Construction of the new Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites is scheduled for completion by the end of 2005.

“Holiday Inn Express is an ideal lodging product for the Champaign-Urbana market,” said George Johnson, of Johnson Development Company, the management company for the Urbana Motel Partners.

“Business and leisure travelers visiting the area will enjoy the same high-quality services and amenities they’ve come to associate with the Holiday Inn name. The Holiday Inn Express project complements our existing facilities and market. The additional rooms allow us to market to larger groups and to plan for the expansion to our meeting and convention facilities.”

The new hotel will include amenities such as the Express Start ™ Free Breakfast Bar served daily, Smart Roast™ In-Room Coffee, the Simply Smart™ Guest Bathroom with pressure and temperature regulating shower heads and a plush bathroom amenities package, as well as the Smart Connect(SM) Guest Communications program with free local and 1-800 telephone calls and free high speed internet access. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites will also be a member of the Priority Club® Rewards Guest Loyalty Program. The 74-room hotel will also feature an indoor swimming pool, exercise room, meeting room, and a complimentary business center with guest computers and printing and faxing capabilities.

To make reservations or request information about Holiday Inn Express, travelers may access the Holiday Inn Express website at www.hiexpress.com or call 1-888-HOLIDAY (1-888-465-4329).

Holiday Inn is a World leader in the hospitality industry. There are approximately 1,300 Holiday Inn Express properties in the United States. Holiday Inn Express is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages and franchises a portfolio of highly regarded hotel brands, including InterContinental Hotels®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, and Candlewood Suites®.