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Happy Birthday Holiday Inn! You Are 60!

Wilson Children Ribbon Cutting at Holiday Inn & Suites Memphis Wolfchase Galleria - 57th Anniversary
Wilson Children Ribbon Cutting at Holiday Inn Suites Memphis Wolfchase Galleria 57th Anniversary

3 August 2012 , Singapore – Holiday Inn turns 60 this month with more than 100 million guest nights annually. With 3,375 hotels in 96 countries, the Holiday Inn family includes Holiday Inn Hotels, Holiday Inn Resorts, Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn Club Vacations.

Holiday Inn First Room
Holiday Inn First Room

Holiday Inn first began as a roadside inn. The first hotel was in Memphis Tenessee in the USA in 1952.

Innovative ‘firsts’ from Holiday Inn

Holiday has a rich history of ‘firsts’ for being innovating and improving guest experiences.

  • Introducing TVs, in-room telephones, air conditioning, free ice, free, parking, full service restaurant and a pool at affordable prices.
  • Allows kids to eat and stay for free
  • Online bookings
  • First international brand to enter China
  • Opens 60th hotel in China this year – Holiday Inn Changbaishan Resort – the first Holiday Inn ski resort in China

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Holiday Inn Changbaishan
Holiday Inn Changbaishan

The 603-room Holiday Inn Resort Changbaishan and Holiday Inn Changbaishan Suites is surrounded by the picturesque Changbai Mountains.  Holiday makers can hike, climb, swim and ski here or just have a relaxing holiday.  Holiday Inn has a strong presence in China with the opening of its 60th property.


Holiday Inn in South East Asia has grown to 19 hotels with more than 6,500 rooms across Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.  Singapore has two Holiday Inns with the first opened in 1985 – the Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre.

Thailand is the biggest market for Holiday Inn with 8 hotels in Bangkok, Chiangmai, Pattaya, Phuket, Phi Phi and Hua Hin.  The first Holiday Inn Resort to open in Asia was the Holiday Inn Phuket Patong Beach in 1987.  Holiday In Express Bangkok Siam is the first Holiday Inn Express to open in South East Asia this June.

22 new hotels are expected to open in South East Asia in the next few years.  This includes 12 Holiday Inn Express hotels across 4 countries in the next two years.

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