CHAMPION HOTELS, A prolific developer of branded properties in the U.S., has helped InterContinental Hotels Group make history. IHG on June 26 announced its newest brand, avid hotels, has a pipeline of 180 properties.
The franchiser said 50 avid hotels have been approved for development or are under construction. IHG launched the midscale brand in September 2017.
Leading the brand’s development pace is Champion Hotels.
Champak “Champ” Patel is founder and CEO of the company based in Oklahoma City. It is the largest hotel owner in the U.S. with more than 180 properties.
Champion Hotels opened the first avid hotel in August north of Oklahoma City.
On June 26, less than 12 months later, IHG announced the opening of two more avid hotels, with Champion Hotels involved in the developments.
Champion opened an avid hotel near the city’s Will Rogers International Airport. And it partnered on a third avid hotel that opened the same week – this one in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Avid hotel Tulsa South – Medical District is a joint venture of Champion Hotels and Hi-Tech Hospitality LLC.
The 87-room, four-story hotel cost $4 million to build, reports Tulsa World.
Jayesh “Jay” Jain is CEO of Hi-Tech Hospitality. Jain founded the Tulsa-based company in 2000, starting with one hotel. Today, Hi-Tech Hospitality has a portfolio of 25 hotels in four states and a resort hotel in Rajasthan, India. It has 12 hotels under development, including two more avid hotels.
When Champion Hotels opened the first avid hotel, the brand offered breakfast that included coffee, juice, breads and cereal. IHG has tweaked the offering to include hot items – a breakfast sandwich and a scramble egg bowl.
IHG said nine more avid hotels will open before the end of this year, another in Oklahoma, two in Georgia, three in Texas and one each in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida.