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Holiday Inn Express Introduces Breakfa-moji Keyboard

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announced the launch of the Holiday Inn Express brand’s all-new BREAKFA-moji keyboard, available for free download via the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The new keyboard, a first of its kind for any hotel brand, features 25 playful breakfast characters, and just like the brand’s Express Start breakfast bar, offers something for everyone,...

Holiday Inn Express Launches Pancake Selfie Express

ATLANTA—IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has announced the launch of the “Pancake Selfie Express,” the newest initiative from the Holiday Inn Express brand’s Creative Director and Breakfast Excellence Honcho, actor/comedian Rob Riggle. The nine-city tour, which hits the road today, allows flapjack fans in some of the busiest cities in the Southwest and along the West Coast to enjoy a...

Holiday Inn Express Hires Rob Riggle as Breakfast Excellence Honcho

ATLANTA—IHG has hired actor/comedian Rob Riggle as the Holiday Inn Express brand’s first creative director and breakfast excellence honcho. In this newly created role, Riggle will be responsible for delivering comedic genius and driving Express Start breakfast enthusiasm for the brand through a variety of programs and content rolling out over the summer and fall of 2015. “Guests have told...

Holiday Inn Express Changes the Formula

Last month, InterContinental Hotels Group formalized Formula Blue, its long-gestating Holiday Inn Express design prototype. With a design that puts sleep quality, simplicity, and ease of maintenance at the center of its concept, compliance with Formula Blue is mandatory for all future renovations and new-build Holiday Inn Express properties, which is a first for the brand. In development for nearly...

Joel Eisemann on IHG’s Pipeline, Formula Blue, and Dual Brands

With the lodging industry at the peak of the cycle, Joel Eisemann, IHG's chief development officer, the Americas, sees plenty of growth ahead for the hotel giant. His immediate to-do list includes growing Even Hotels, rolling out the new Formula Blue prototype for Holiday Inn Express, and growing recently acquired Kimpton Hotels. Eisemann says he's up to the challenge. What...