Ranked Top 1% of All Holiday Inns in the World - Holiday Inn Express Lampasas, TX Wins InterContinental Hotels Group 2005 Torchbearer Award

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The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Lampasas Texas has received the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 2005 Torchbearer Award, the company's most prestigious award. The award recognizes the hotel for being in the top 1% of all Holiday Inns in the world.

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The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Lampasas, TX has received the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world’s largest and most global hotel company, 2005 Torchbearer Award, the company's most prestigious award.

The Torchbearer Awards were presented at a special ceremony during the 2005 IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 21 & 22, 2005. General Manager Paul Thomas of the Lampasas, TX Holiday Inn Express accepted the award.

The Holiday Inn Express Lampasas, TX is one of only 59 properties chosen from the IHG system of more than 3,500 hotels for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation -- from quality to customer satisfaction. A 2005 Torchbearer trophy, the company's symbol of excellence, will be on permanent display at the hotel. The award recognizes the hotel for being in the top 1% of all Holiday Inns in the world.     

"It is my pleasure to name the Holiday Inn Express Lampasas as one of the finest hotels in our industry," said Steve Porter, president, the Americas, IHG. "This hotel embodies the spirit, product and service that continue to make our properties known and admired throughout the world."

This hotel is locally owned by Errol and Diane Williams and Ron and Cissy Farr. Errol Williams commented, “When we first started this project in 2001, we believed that Lampasas was in need of a 1st class hotel for visitors. This award validates this hotel as a world class performer in both accommodations and service.”

Kevin Hilchey, President of Lodging Host Hotel Corp Lodging Host said, “We are very pleased that our team in Lampasas was recognized for its outstanding efforts. We strive to provide outstanding service at all of our locations.” Lodging Host operates 14 hotels including the local Holiday Inn. The hotel company has also been recognized by Hilton Hotels, Choice Hotels, Best Western International, and Ramada for having the top hotels among those respective franchises.

More than 3,500 franchise owners, operators and company officials attended the 2005 IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference.

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