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Holiday Inn Express Partners with Reading Is Fundamental to Promote a Smart Start in Education

Reading Is Fundamental receives donation for reservations made through new Web page

ATLANTA March 21, 2007—Holiday Inn Express is partnering with Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the oldest and largest non-profit children’s literacy organization in the U.S., to help put books and literacy resources in the hands of the children who need them most—and "smart" guests can help.  

As part of the partnership, RIF will receive a donation equal to 9 percent of the consumed room rate for every guest who initiates a reservation via www.hiexpress.com/rif starting today. This ongoing program does not limit travel timeframes and offers the lowest Internet rate guaranteed for each of the brand’s nearly 1,700 properties worldwide. The brand has pledged to raise at least $100,000 for RIF by the end of the year through this and other programs.  Each reservation made through the site is a crucial step in helping RIF serve 4.5 million children in need each year. 

In addition, Holiday Inn Express properties across the country are committing to raise at least $1,000 per hotel this year by engaging their staffs and local communities in unique ways such as hosting book readings parties.  All hotel funds raised will stay in local communities for the purchase of new books and literacy resources, and will benefit local RIF programs. To kick-off the program at the local level, the Holiday Inn Express brand and Scholastic will distribute 150,000 books to RIF programs across the country.  Scholastic, a global children's publishing, education and media company is a long-time supporter of RIF.

"As America's fastest growing hotel brand, we have an opportunity to leverage our system size and strength and make a substantial impact on children’s literacy nationwide," said Verchele Wiggins, vice president, Brand Management, Holiday Inn Express. "Helping guests 'stay smart' is what the Holiday Inn Express brand is all about, and what could be smarter than developing a love for reading at an early age? We're proud to rally our team and our guests behind this meaningful cause."

Corporate and consumer participation in helping RIF with its mission is critical as the organization provides 16 million new, free books and literacy resources each year to the children and families who need them most. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8.

"With more than a third of our fourth graders reading below basic levels, we have an important mission to improve children's literacy," said Carol H. Rasco, RIF president and CEO. "Through the generous support of Holiday Inn Express and its guests, we can build a culture of literacy where all children have the language skills to succeed in school and life."


Brad Minor
Holidady Inn Hotels & Resorts
Ph: 770-604-5271

Jennifer Tolchin
Weber Shandwick
Ph: 212-445-8336

Tisha Richardson
Ph: 202-536-3528

Sarah Trabucchi
Ph: 212-343-6424

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.6 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF’s website at www.rif.org.

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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 www.hiexpress.com.

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology.  Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com.


Notes to Editors:

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. InterContinental Hotels Group owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 3,700 hotels and 556,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel Indigo®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards with over 31 million members worldwide.

InterContinental Hotels Group offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ihg.com and information or the Priority Club Rewards program at www.priorityclub.com.

For the latest news from InterContinental Hotels Group, visit our online Press Office at www.ihg.com/media.

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Holiday Inn Express Partners with Reading Is Fundamental to Promote a Smart Start in Education