North Carolina Holiday Inn Express rebrands as Magnuson Hotel Whiteville

December 9, 2009

WHITEVILLE, NC – Magnuson Hotels, the world’s largest independent hotel group, announced today the complete rebranding of the Holiday Inn Express of Whiteville, NC. The 62-room hotel seeks to upgrade its local, regional and national market position with the Magnuson Hotels brand designation. The hotels’ new brand name is the Magnuson Hotel Whiteville.

Autry Dawsey, Sr., President of Premiere Hospitality Group, owners of the hotel, stated he is “delighted to affiliate a second hotel property with the Magnuson Brand.” Premiere Hospitality Group also owns and operates the Buccaneer Inn – An Independent Magnuson Hotel in Morehead City, NC. Russell Honeycutt, Executive Vice President of Premiere Hospitality Group, Inc., stated “We made a prudent business decision to improve our bottom line without increasing our rates to our loyal customers,” when asked why he chose to change the hotel’s representation.

The Magnuson Hotel Whiteville is located north of downtown Whiteville, near the Andrew Jackson Highway. In Whiteville, visitors will discover a city rich in Southern history, enjoy the many splendors of nearby Lake Waccamaw, and experience a friendly country atmosphere. Whiteville’s attractions include the Whiteville Golf and Country Club, the Lumber River, designated as a “Wild and Scenic River” by the U.S. Department of Interior, the North Carolina Museum of Forestry, and the Reuben Brown Historic House. Whiteville, part of Columbus County, is full of history and hidden treasures, highlighting the ways of a bygone era.

At the Magnuson Hotel Whiteville (, guests will enjoy wonderful accommodations including an exercise room, guest laundry facilities, meeting rooms, complimentary breakfast, and an outdoor swimming pool. Guests will have convenient access to nearby attractions including Lake Waccamaw State Park and Lumber River State Park in addition to close proximity to the annual Strawberry Festival. The Magnuson Hotel Whiteville is ideally located just minutes from the Columbus County Municipal Airport. Nearby corporations, hospitals, and educational facilities include Georgia Pacific, Conflandey Corporate Offices, Columbus Regional Hospital and Southeastern Community College.

“Magnuson Hotels is dedicated to the success of independent hotels,” stated Melissa C. Magnuson, CEO/Principal. “The Magnuson Hotel Whiteville is a welcome addition to our group of over 1000 independently owned and operated hotels, and we have no doubt the management will exceed the expectations of hotel guests.”

As a Magnuson Hotel affiliate, the Magnuson Hotel Whiteville will receive total brand representation in all major U.S. and Canadian markets and market segments, without the costs and requirements of franchise brand affiliation. In contrast to traditional hotel chains that charge a percentage of total hotel revenue, the Magnuson Hotel Whiteville will increase its net income with higher marketing exposure at a lower cost. All direct revenue to the hotel is non-commissionable and royalty free. The Magnuson Hotel Whiteville will be marketed as “highly differentiated,” yet backed by the quality standards of the world’s largest independent hotel group. The hotel will also receive a 10% brand rebate, paid every six months.

About Magnuson Hotels, the fastest growing hotel chain in history.
In only seven years, Magnuson Hotels headquartered in Spokane, WA has become the world’s largest independent hotel group, representing nearly 1500 hotels and a combined affiliate base with assets in excess of $5.5 Billion. One of the top 10 global hotel chains, Magnuson Hotels was the #1 Hotel Company of Inc. Magazine’s 2009 annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest growing privately owned U.S. companies. With a four year reservation sales growth of 595%, Magnuson Hotels is listed in the top 100 U.S. business services companies.

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