SOURCE: Wyndham Hotel Group

Wyndham Hotel Group

September 24, 2009 09:03 ET

Howard Johnson Pays Tribute to Its Happy Heritage With HappyHojoWorld.com

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - September 24, 2009) - The iconic Howard Johnson® hotel brand, remembered fondly for its happy beginnings as an ice cream shop, orange roofs and restaurants serving fried clams, has announced the launch of happyhojoworld.com, a one-stop destination for all things happy.

Featuring interactive games, a happy wheel that offers Web site visitors a chance to win prizes including $1,000, and a free happy playlist and download of the brand's highly-requested official happy song, happyhojoworld.com is a tribute to the brand's happy heritage.

"HoJo, as avid fans affectionately refer to the brand, has been synonymous with happiness so we're reminding people that it doesn't take much to get happy, even in the current economic climate," said Daniel Hughes, senior director of marketing for the Howard Johnson brand. "Whether consumers are planning a trip or simply looking for a smile, we want them to think of Howard Johnson. We're a hospitality company that's in the happiness business, and HappyHojoWorld.com is a great expression of this online."

Howard Johnson enthusiasts can join the brand's Facebook page at facebook.com/hojo and follow the brand on twitter @twitter.com/happyhojoworld. Howard Johnson's Facebook fans have access to travel tips and happy thoughts such as "Have you ever seen someone look upset when they're holding a s'more? Just might be the key to world peace.", and the brand's followers on twitter are greeted with timely travel suggestions and even more happy thoughts.

Happyhojoworld.com is part of the Howard Johnson brand's "go happy. go hojo." campaign developed with the help of Berlin Cameron United of New York. The agency, which is known for its ability to transform traditional brands into contemporary icons, is part of The WPP Group.

Howard Johnson International, a member of the Wyndham Hotel Group family of lodging brands, is a global chain of primarily midscale and economy hotels featuring single, double and suite accommodations. All hotels in the United States and Canada, and hotels in other regions, offer complimentary high-speed Internet access, expanded cable television, in-room coffee and weekday newspaper. Select hotels offer complimentary Rise & Dine® continental breakfast and allow pets.

Reservations and information are available by calling (800) 446-4656 or by visiting www.howardjohnson.com. Howard Johnson hotels are independently owned and operated under franchise agreements with Howard Johnson International, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN).

Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), encompasses more than 7,000 hotels and 590,000 rooms under the hotel brands: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Microtel Inns & Suites®, Hawthorn Suites®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®.

All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain Wyndham and international Ramada hotels which are managed by our affiliate or through a joint venture partner. Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, N.J. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

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