Holiday Inn is a brand of hotels, formerly an economy motel chain, forming part of the British InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). It is one of the world's largest hotel chains with 238,440 bedrooms and 1,301 hotels globally. There are 100 million guest nights each year, globally. Kemmons Wilson initially came up with the idea after a family road trip to Washington, D.C., during which he was disappointed by the quality and consistency provided by the roadside motels of the time. The name Holiday Inn was given to the original hotel by his architect Eddie Bluestein as a joke, in reference to the musical film Holiday Inn (1942), starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. The first Holiday Inn opened at 4941 Summer Avenue in Memphis, the main highway to Nashville, in August 1952 as Holiday Inn Hotel Courts. The motel was demolished in the early 1990s, but there is a plaque commemorating the site. Wilson partnered with Wallace E. Johnson to build additional motels on the by roads entering Memphis. Holiday Inn's corporate headquarters was in a converted plumbing shed owned by Johnson in 1953, when the company built its first four hotels, one covering each approach to Memphis. On the
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