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HOLIDAY INN HOTELS TO OFFER GUESTS THE ADDED CONVENIENCE OF ELECTRONIC DOOR LOCKS

 ATLANTA, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Holiday Inn Worldwide today announced that its more than l,500 hotels in North America will all offer guests the convenience of electronic door locks by January of l996.
 The announcement was made by Michael Leven, president of the Americas Division, Holiday Inn Worldwide. Upon making the announcement, Leven congratulated the company's franchisees, "who as members of the largest single hotel brand in the world, recognized the need to be a leader in this area and make the financial commitment to guest comfort and safety." Leven also noted, "that Holiday Inn hotels have been successful for more than 40 years because they respond to the wishes and requirements of their customers." He continued, "Although our current requirements of dead bolt locks and safety chains provide high quality security, we want to go beyond these standards and utilize the technology now available." Approximately one-third of the Holiday Inn hotels in North America now have electronic locking systems and by Jan. l, l996, all Holiday Inn hotels in North America will be required to employ electronic locks.
 Max Gayler, vice president of Quality for the Americas Division, noted that the technology has advanced sufficiently in the area of electronic locking devices to make it a practical application for all Holiday Inn hotels. Gayler noted: "that electronic locks can now be fitted for exterior corridor hotels without weather related problems. They also have reliable power backup systems and meet ADA requirements. These were all important issues that needed to be addressed before we could require the change for our hotels."
 CUSTOMER CONVENIENCE
 Electronic locking devices use a "plastic key card" which is swiped through an electronic device on the door. The guest card bears no room number or identification and the code is changed each time a new guest occupies the room. In addition, the locking devices keep a record of who has entered guest rooms and at what time. This assists the hotel with key control issues related to lost keys or keys which aren't returned.
 Holiday Inn Worldwide, which is owned by Bass PLC of the U.K., is the world's leading hotel brand with more than 1,700 hotels and 330,000 guest rooms in 56 countries and territories around the world.
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 /CONTACT: Gayle MacIntyre of Holiday Inn Worldwide, 404-604-2903/


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