HOLIDAY Inn, one of the globe’s most iconic brands, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the world’s first Holiday Inn hotel, in Memphis Tennessee.
In Glasgow, the brand’s longest-established property, Holiday Inn Theatreland, located in West Nile Street, is combining this landmark with its own 16th birthday, in a truly memorable way.
The award-winning hotel has ‘gifted’ 60 free twin-room nights (valued in excess of £5,000) to end-of-life care charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care, to be used by the charity’s nursing staff, patients and their families, absolutely free of charge, over the course of the next 12 months.
Alan Taylor, general manager of Holiday Inn Theatreland (pictured with Rosemary Young HCA and staff nurse Sarah Speirs of Marie Curie) notes: “Since we opened back in 1996, raising money for good causes has been a focus, for all of the team and as such we have given tens of thousands of pounds to a variety of local and national charities including the Beatson and Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. However, in such a notable year for both the company globally, and for us here is Glasgow; we wanted to do something extra special to mark the occasion. Marie Curie was adopted as our Charity of the Year back in January, and we are delighted to gift these 60 bedrooms for their use, over the coming 12 months.”
Paul Cockram, Scotland corporate development manager for Marie Curie Cancer Care, said:
“We’re very grateful to the Holiday Inn for gifting us these nights which will be a terrific asset for the charity and the community that we support in Glasgow. The rooms will allow us to help families spend more time with their dying loved ones in difficult circumstances. For example, if a relative has travelled far to visit and can’t afford to book their own accommodation, we can consider putting them up in the hotel free of charge. It’s a very good example of how businesses can support a charity such as Marie Curie.”