Paragon Hotel Company Named Holiday Inn Express Developer of the Year

February 17, 2017

IHG 2016 Award to PHC

ANDERSON, S.C. – Paragon Hotel Company has been named the Holiday Inn Express Developer of the Year for 2016 by InterContinental Hotels Group, a major award recognizing Paragon’s commitment and skills in developing high quality hotels in successful markets in the Southeast.

“I was greatly humbled and surprised by this honor,” Patel says of the award presented January 19th in PHC’s corporate office. “This prestigious award is a result of our ongoing mission to develop unique properties and deliver exceptional financial results to our investors.”

In a surprise, impromptu awards ceremony during what had been billed as a lunch meeting, William Watson, regional director of sales for InterContinental Hotels Group in Atlanta, bestowed the honor to Patel for PHC’s newest developments in Greenwood, SC, Piedmont, SC, and in Gainesville, GA.

Based in Britain, InterContinental generated $1.8 billion in revenues last year from its more than 5,000 hotels in nearly 100 countries. In addition to Holiday Inn Express, IHG’s franchises also include Crowne Plaza, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, InterContinental, and Staybridge Suites, among its total of twelve brands.

“It is not my sole effort that got us this award,” Patel told associates after winning the award. “Each one of you has played a part in making our company what it is today.” Reflecting on the growth of the company he founded in 1995, Patel says, “As I think back to the days I owned and supervised only one hotel, I could not have imagined having a management company of this magnitude, and it’s possible because of talented, supportive, creative, and intensely passionate people.”

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About Paragon Hotel Company

Founded in 1995, PHC is a hospitality real estate management and development company based in Anderson, SC. The company’s vision, “constantly challenging the status quo,” complements its mission to acquire, develop and manage a portfolio of unique properties and lifestyle experiences for the enjoyment of our guests, while delivering exceptional financial results to investors and positively impacting the surrounding communities. The company’s portfolio of more than 2,100 rooms in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Tennessee includes hotels within Hilton, Marriott, Intercontinental, Best Western, Choice, Carlson Hotels Worldwide and Wyndham Worldwide franchises.