Review: Holiday Inn Vilnius — With Arguably One of the Best Breakfast Buffets

I arrived by bus to Vilnius earlier than expected; so I walked the three kilometers from the bus station north all the way to the Holiday Inn Vilnius hotel property. The sun had still not risen during those early morning hours — so I walked into the small lobby. After exchanging greetings with the woman behind the front desk, I asked her if I could access the Internet for about an hour or so after greeting her.

Despite the fact that I was to check into the hotel property later in the day for two nights, the woman behind the front desk denied my request, implying that…

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Review: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hinton

There are relatively few lodging options within Banff National Park and Jasper National Park which offer the combination of decent accommodations at a reasonably good value — and are also available with vacancies — which is why I bracketed my visit to the Rocky Mountains in Canada with stays at the Hampton Inn & Suites By Hilton Calgary — University Northwest and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hinton hotel properties.

I spent one night between those stays with a stay at the Delta Hotels Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, which I found overpriced and underwhelming.

I first walked into the lobby area of the hotel property late at night, which was rather dark. The woman behind the front desk who checked me in was…

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Keith Barr Takes Over as Chief Executive Officer of InterContinental Hotels Group

Effective today, Friday, June 30, 2017, Richard Solomons is retiring from his role as chief executive officer of InterContinental Hotels Group exactly six years after succeeding Andy Cosslett; and he will retire from the company altogether as of Wednesday, August 30, 2017 after a tenure of 25 years — 14 of which he has served on the board of directors.

Noted moments under the leadership of Solomons — who has led the strategy of InterContinental Hotels Group and played an integral role in the successes of the company since its demerger from Six Continents plc in 2003 — include…

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72 Hour Winter Sale For InterContinental Hotels Group Hotel Properties in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean

You can potentially save up to 30 percent off of room rates during the 72 hour winter sale with InterContinental Hotels Group — which is currently in effect and is scheduled to end on Monday, November 16, 2015 — for eligible stays at greater than 200 participating hotel properties across Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean through Thursday, June 16, 2016.

The duration of the stay must be a minimum of…

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Loyalty Programs: Are More People Turning to Them or Leaving Them?

According to new research recently released from InterContinental Hotels Group, 62 percent of global travelers said that “it felt like a dream come true when redeeming points from their loyalty program all in one go.” As a result, 65 percent of them are increasingly turning to loyalty programs to help fund their holidays, with 37 percent — or one in three — even organizing an entire holiday with points alone.

The results of this research from InterContinental Hotels Group seem to conflict with an article by Christopher Elliott, who stated that business travelers are leaving frequent travel loyalty programs “after years of putting up with blackout dates, broken promises and bait-and-switch games.”

Elliott reported in the article that…

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