|Type||Subsidiary of IHG|
|Founded||Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
(August 1, 1952 )
|Number of locations||1,874 United States|
|Area served||Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia-Pacific|
|Services||Food services, lodging, conventions, meetings, timeshares|
|Parent||InterContinental Hotels Group|
Kemmons Wilson had the idea for the business after a family road trip to Washington, D.C.. During the trip, he was disappointed by the quality of roadside motels at that time. Mr. Wilson partnered with Wallace E. Johnson to build the first four motels on roads entering Memphis, Tennessee. Eddie Bluestein was the architect who designed these first hotels. He named the first one Holiday Inn after a Bing Crosby movie as a joke.
- "Supplementary Information". International Hotels Group. March 31, 2009. http://www.ihgplc.com/files/results/results09Q1/downloads/slides09Q1.pdf. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
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