KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Running Y Ranch Resort has partnered with the owner of the Holiday Inn Resort, with the aim being to boost its brand and marketing image. The Running Y has finished about $3 million in renovations, and the resort is looking for ways to bring visitors to a renovated lobby, guest rooms, upgraded conference center and a new restaurant.
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Klamath Falls and Redmond, Ore. – Jan. 31, 2012 – Following the completion of renovations totaling $6 million, The Lodge at Eagle Crest and The Lodge at Running Y Ranch, two premier Oregon resort properties, will join IHG’s (InterContinental Hotels Group’s) Holiday Inn Resort portfolio in February. The newly upgraded properties will be known as The Lodge at Eagle Crest, a Holiday Inn Resort, and The Lodge at Running Y Ranch, a Holiday Inn Resort. “We are very excited to join the growing Holiday Inn Resorts portfolio,” said Scott Pickert, senior vice president of Northview Oregon Resorts. “Partnering with the world’s most recognized hotel brand allows us to connect to the industry’s largest distribution systems and welcome the millions of Priority Club Rewards members from around the world. This is a tremendous opportunity for Eagle Crest Resort and Running Y Ranch, as well as our many partners and surrounding businesses and communities.” Eagle Crest Resort and Running Y Ranch were purchased by Northview Hotel Group in November 2010 and work began immediately to fully transform the lodges at both properties. The 100-guestroom Lodge at Eagle Crest Resort and 82-guestroom Lodge at Running Y Ranch have been fully renovated, including entirely new guestrooms, public areas, and meeting spaces, as well as new restaurants – Aerie Café at Eagle Crest Resort and The Ruddy Duck at Running Y Ranch. The Oregon resort properties attracted Holiday Inn Resorts with their prime locations and high quality amenities. Eagle Crest Resort, a 1,700 acre high-desert destination resort located outside Redmond, and Running Y Ranch, a 3,600-acre resort overlooking Klamath Lake in the heart of Southern Oregon’s Cascade Range, will be the only Holiday Inn Resorts in the contiguous western U.S. and are a natural fit for the brand’s growth strategy. “These two resorts are the result of our strategy to grow Holiday Inn Resorts in markets that are convenient for our guests to get to,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Management, the Americas, IHG. “By growing our resorts in key leisure destinations across the U.S., we’re giving families the option to take a reasonable drive or a short flight and still have a special vacation.”Through their addition to the Holiday Inn Resort portfolio, the lodges at Eagle Crest Resort and Running Y Ranch gain an opportunity for increased exposure among leisure travelers, particularly among IHG’s 61 million Priority Club Rewards members. Members will earn points while staying at the resorts, and can redeem points earned at other IHG hotels for stays at the resorts. Additionally, the brand’s marketing muscle, name recognition and dedicated resources are expected to grow awareness for each property in its respective region.As the 16th and 17th Holiday Inn Resort properties in the Americas, The Lodge at Eagle Crest and The Lodge at Running Y Ranch provide unique settings and recreational options for vacationers. Situated in two of the country’s premier outdoor recreation areas, the resorts offer on-site activities such as golf, swimming, tennis and volleyball as well as off-site, guided excursions for fly-fishing, white-water rafting, birding, hiking and cycling. About Eagle Crest ResortEagle Crest is a full-service destination resort located just outside Redmond, Ore., and is surrounded by 1,700 acres of high desert scenery. The resort includes a day spa, multiple indoor and outdoor pools, a 100-room lodge, and fully furnished chalets, custom homes and townhomes available for rent. Nestled against the majestic Cascade Mountains, Eagle Crest Resort boasts more than 300 days of sunshine each year with an annual rainfall of less than nine inches, making it an ideal golf destination and family getaway. Eagle Crest Resort features three championship courses, and an 18-hole putting course. For more information, visit http://www.eagle-crest.com.About Running Y Ranch Located in Klamath Falls, Ore., the 3,600 acre Running Y Ranch overlooks Upper Klamath Lake and features many recreational facilities including a full-service spa, ice arena, sports center, and the state’s only Arnold Palmer-designed golf course. Playing through rolling terrain with mature pine forests and scenic wetlands, the course is ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (Golf Digest) and continues to be recognized as one of the top courses in Oregon. For more information, visit www.runningy.com. About Holiday InnWith more than 1,200 hotels worldwide, Holiday Inn® is the most widely recognized lodging brand in the world. Holiday Inn provides the services that business travelers need, while also offering a comfortable atmosphere where all people can relax and enjoy amenities such as restaurants and room service, swimming pools, fitness centers and comfortable lounges. The casual atmosphere and amenities, such as meeting and on-site business facilities, KidSuites rooms, and Kids Eat and Stay Free programs, demonstrate the long-standing commitment of Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts to serving travelers and have helped to establish the brand as “America’s Favorite Hotel.” And now, Holiday Inn is ranked highest in guest satisfaction among midscale full service hotel chains, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. For more information on Holiday Inn Resorts, visit www.holidayinnresorts.com. # # #About InterContinental Hotels GroupIHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization operating seven hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 61 million members worldwide.IHG is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms and franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,500 hotels and more than 666,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories, and has more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG is committed to gender balance throughout its business. We aspire to continue retaining a minimum of 25% female representation on the Board.InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.pr