Contest Celebrates 75 Years Of Hospitality

Happy Birthday, Howard Johnson!

This landmark of American travel is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The hotel chain has served family and business travelers since the first highways began to span America.

To commemorate the milestone, an exhibit of Howard JohnsonŽ memorabilia has been set up at the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor in Houston, TX. In addition, travelers who send in their favorite memories and experiences at Howard Johnson Hotels and Inns can win a trip to Puerto Rico this November.

The grand prize winner of the Howard Johnson Favorite Memory Contest will receive an all-expense paid four night trip to Puerto Rico for himself and a guest in late November.

Other prizes include: one first prize winner will receive a five-night stay at any Howard Johnson location in the U.S. and $200 Visa gift certificate; two second prize winners will receive a free weekend stay at any Howard Johnson location in the U.S. and a $100 Visa gift certificate.

"Howard Dearing Johnson-the brand's founder-is credited with creating one of the 20th century's most recognized brands and we have collected some of the physical reminders of the brand's early years," said Mary Mahoney, president and CEO of Howard Johnson International Inc. "We are also looking for the fond memories and true stories that echo our founder's commitment to serving our customers well and making travelers feel at home."

Entrants should describe their fondest memory in 750 words or less. In addition to content, creativity and style, entries will also be judged on how well they fit with Howard Johnson's longstanding commitment to serving customers well, offering solid value and making guests feel at home.

Eligibility is limited to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec Province) age 18 and over. No purchase or Howard Johnson stay is necessary to participate.

Entries can be submitted via mail or the brand's website,

Mail-in entries should be sent to Howard Johnson Favorite Memory Sweepstakes, Box 5244, Parsippany, NJ 07054-6244. Entries must be postmarked by May 1, 2000 and received no later than May 10, 2000. Internet entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2000. Full rules are available on the Internet or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address. (NAPSI)

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