Holiday Inn Express-Lake Buena Vista takes top honors from IHG

ORLANDO, FLA. (Nov. 2, 2007) - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and the Holiday Inn Express(R) community have honored the Holiday Inn Express-Lake Buena Vista with the 2007 Renovation Award. The prestigious award was presented at the IHG Annual Investors and Leadership Conference in Dallas last week.

"It is my pleasure to recognize the Holiday Inn Express-Lake Buena Vista for the work its staff and management team have done to serve the hotel's guests this year through the dramatic renovations," said John Merkin, senior vice president of Holiday Inn Brands in The Americas. "This hotel embodies the true spirit of Holiday Inn Express and has raised the bar for the experience its guests expect and receive."

The hotel was just one of 15 Holiday Inn Express properties to be recognized for its renovation. BayStar Hotel Group LLC. invested approximately $2.5 million in the following renovations to the seven-story property:

Total renovation of the entire 200-room Hotel- All guest corridors completely renovated- Adding free high speed internet in all rooms and public areas- The meeting space and commercial areas completely renovated

"We are thrilled, but certainly not surprised that our hotel was recognized for its renovations," said George Glover, president and CEO of BayStar Hotel Group, "The results speak for themselves, and we look forward to offering our guests an enhanced property experience while we continue to offer exceptional levels of customer service."

The Holiday Inn Express-Lake Buena Vista is a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor(R) Hotel and is the closest Holiday Inn Express to the Walt Disney World(R) Resort area.

The hotel is ideal for children, adults and corporate guests, offering the complimentary Express Start breakfast bar, a heated outdoor pool, free high-speed internet access and two meeting rooms.

About Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express is the modern hotel for value-oriented travelers. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Guests Stay Smart at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free Express Start breakfast bar, free high-speed internet access, free local phone calls (US only) and the ability to earn Priority Club Rewards points that can be redeemed for great merchandise, airline miles or free stays in more than 3,300 hotels. There are currently nearly 1,700 Holiday Inn Express locations around the globe. For more information about Holiday Inn Express or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit

About Priority Club Rewards

With more than 33 million members, IHG's Priority Club Rewards is the first, largest and fastest-growing guest loyalty program in the hotel industry. Winner of the 19th Annual Freddie Awards hotel loyalty Program of the Year for the second consecutive year and named Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World two years running by Global Traveler magazine, Priority Club Rewards offers more sought-after benefits and the greatest ease of use of any hotel loyalty program. Enrollment in Priority Club Rewards is free. Guests can enroll by logging on at, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG's more than 3,800 hotels worldwide.

About BayStar Hotel Group

Based in Tampa, BayStar Hotel Group acquires, operates and/or sells limited facility hotels throughout the southeastern United States. In addition to the Holiday Inn Express in Lake Buena Vista, BayStar Hotel Group owns and operates the 150-room Holiday Inn - State Capitol East in Tallahassee, Fla. and the Hampton Inn & Suites in Largo, Fla. The company also manages properties for other owners and provides consulting services. For more information, see or call 813-849-0001.

Media Contacts: Helen Knight, APR, King Knight Communications, 813-837-1701; [email protected]

Robert Frobish, CHA, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express-Lake Buena Vista; 407-239-8400 [email protected]

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