East Peoria Holiday Inn and Suites Wins IHG® 2015 Newcomer Award and 2015 and IHG 2015 New Development Design Award

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East Peoria Holiday Inn and Suites Wins InterContinental Hotels Group Awards

Holiday Inn & Suites, East Peoria, Ill.

“Our team is determined to exceed our guest’s expectations on all levels. We push the envelope in design and amenities, and this property is not like the typical Holiday Inn."

The landmark six-story Holiday Inn and Suites in downtown East Peoria received the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2015 Newcomer Award as one of the best properties to join the system within the last year. Out of 786 Holiday Inns in the Americas, 7 Holiday Inn Hotels won the Newcomer Award during the 2015 IHG Americas Owners Conference in San Francisco last week. To qualify, recipients consistently demonstrated the highest standards of quality and overall guest satisfaction rankings over the previous 12 month period.

The property also received the IHG 2015 New Development Design Award for successfully implementing a new design program during the past year. The recipients of this award are judged to have improved and updated their properties. The hotel’s many amenities include the award-winning Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse. Both the hotel and restaurant are owned and operated by Heart of America Group, headquartered in Moline, Ill.

"We are honored to win these awards and recognize our dedicated team who has consistently delivered the highest level of guest service," said Mike Whalen, President and CEO of Heart of America Group. Kim Whalen, Executive Vice President, led the design team for this project. “Our team is determined to exceed our guest’s expectations on all levels. We push the envelope in design and amenities, and this property is not like the typical Holiday Inn."

At the IHG Americas Owners Conference, Heart of America Group also won the 2015 IHG New Development Design Award for its Holiday Inn and Suites in Davenport, Iowa. Heart of America Group’s property portfolio consists of over 2 million square feet of real estate including 32 owned and operated restaurants and hotels, an office building, and 1.4 million square feet of retail. Located in ten metropolitan areas across six Midwestern states, the brands developed and operated by Heart of America include Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, The Machine Shed Restaurant, Wildwood Lodge, Thunder Bay Restaurant, The J-Bar, and Hotel Renovo. In addition, the hospitality group is a franchisee with four different hotel groups: Marriott, Holiday Inn/IHG, Hilton and Choice Hotels.

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