Army Turns overs Second Group of Lodging to Privatization Partners

The Army last month transferred guest lodging at 11 installations to a partnership between Lend Lease and the InterContinental Hotels Group, bringing to 21 the number of posts in which hotels are owned and operated by the private sector.

The Group B installations turned over Aug. 12 include Forts Belvoir, Va., Bliss, Texas, Buchanan, P.R., Campbell, Ky., Huachuca, Ariz., Hamilton, N.Y., Gordon, Ga., Knox, Ky., Leonard Wood, Mo., and Wainwright, Alaska, along with White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Renovated and newly built hotels primarily will be operated as Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Suites Hotels, offering amenities such as complementary hot breakfasts, free high-speed Internet service, and fitness and business centers. Several of the Group A installations — Forts Polk, La.; Hood, Texas; Sill, Okla.; and Rucker, Ark. — already have been converted into Holiday Inn Express hotels.

The second phase of the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program covers 5,000 rooms. Renovations, which are expected to begin this fall, and new construction should be completed in five years, according to the Army News Service. Group A properties, with 3,200 hotel rooms, were turned over to Lend Lease and the InterContinental in August 2009.

The third phase of the program is scheduled to begin in two years and finish in 2018.

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