FUN IS ON THE MENU WITH NEW HOLIDAYINN® KIDS’MENU
Nutritionally-balanceddishesbeing rolled out across all Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts throughout Asia, Middle East and Africa
Dubai,United Arab Emirates.2 September 2015: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has partnered with Nutrition Australia to launch a newly-created Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts Kids’ Menu, across the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region. Featuring flavourful and playfully presented dishes to appeal to small ones’ big imaginations, the new menu has been created with nutrition at itsheart, so parents can rest assured knowing their kids are being fed well.
The new menu has been developed in partnership with Nutrition Australia, a non-profit organisation inspiring healthy eating through nutrition education, information and advisory services. Menus are based on a criteria developed by Nutrition Australia’sAccredited Practising Dietitians, to ensure that all the Kids’ Menu dishes are nutritionally-balanced.
Some of the criteria included ensuring all meals contain a nutritious balance of foods from the core food groups; are low in saturated (bad) fats, low in added sugar and salt; promote food variety; and reflect current standards and dietary guidelines. All meals will provide a balance of vegetables, meat and wholegrain foods plus fruit or dairy where relevant, offering a variety of colours, flavours and textures to educate and encourage kids to enjoy healthy eating.
A set of 34 main meals (including 12 regional dishes), 7 desserts and 10 drinks have been developedin total to ensure that hotels from across the region can cater to local and international tastes. Each hotelhand-picks a smaller selection of dishes for their menu that is most suitable for the palates of their guests.
Some of the dishes on offer include Veggie Pitta Burger, Sushi Rolls, Nacho Bowl, Chicken Noodles, DIY Falafels and for dessert kids choose from favourites such as Apple Crumble, Fruit Popsicle and Banana Split, made with yoghurt instead of ice cream.
Lee Lin Teo, Brand Marketing Director, Holiday Inn Brand Family,AMEA, IHG said: “We know that travelling can make it hard for families to find healthy food for kids on the go. Part of the family appeal ofHoliday Inn has always been its signature ‘Kids Stay & Eat Free’ programme. This new Holiday Inn Kids Menu is part of our work to enhance that programme by providing nutritious meals presented in a fun way.
“But it’s about more than just the food on their plates. This is part of a wider improvement in how we look after kids when they are eating in our restaurants, ensuring they have a fun dining experience from start to finish - from how they are greeted when they enter the restaurant and how the menu looks,down to the colourful utensils they use.”
Lucinda Hancock, Chief Executive Officer, Nutrition Australia Vic Division said:“Good nutrition is essential for good health at all ages. For children, it is particularly important because healthy eating habits are often formed during childhood.
“It’s great to see Holiday Inn taking the initiative to ensure there are nutritious, delicious and fun foods available for kids to enjoy when holidaying, and we are thrilled to be a part of this exciting collaboration.”
The Holiday Inn Kids’ Menu will be available in all Holiday Inn hotels and resorts across Asia, Middle East and Africa by the end of 2015. Guests can book rooms and make the most of the ‘Kids Eat & Stay Free’* programme via the Holiday Inn website – www.holidayinn.com.
* ‘Kids Stay & Eat Free’: Kids 12 and under stay for free when they share the guestroom with an adult family member. Baby cot is complimentary. Maximum room occupancy per guestroom is limited to two adults and two kids. Kids 12 and under eat for free when they choose meals from the Kids Menu in the All Day Dining Restaurant. Kids must be accompanied by at least one adult who is registered as a hotel guest and must order at least one main course from the full priced menu. Limited to four kids per dining family per meal or two kids per parent per meal
** Each hotels’ Kids Menu will have a total of 12 main meals (including five regional dishes), four desserts and four drinks.
About Holiday Inn®: Started over 60 years ago and with close to 1,200 hotels worldwide today, the Holiday Inn®brand is the most widely recognised lodging brand in the world. During that time, it was the first hotel brand to launch a computerised reservation system in 1965, the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984 and the first to take an online booking in 1995. The ‘Kids Eat & Stay Free’ programme available at every Holiday Inn® property, and KidSuites® rooms at every Holiday Inn Resort® hotel, demonstrates the long-standing commitment of the Holiday Inn® brand to serving family travellers, along with a comfortable atmosphere where everyone can sit back and relax. For four consecutive years, the Holiday Inn® brand has been ranked “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Mid-scale Full Service Hotel Chains”, according to the J.D. Power and Associates North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study.
About IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group): IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN™ Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 4,900 hotels and 724,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with almost 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with more than 88 million members worldwide.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.
About Nutrition Australia
Nutrition Australia is a non-profit organisation that promotes healthy eating through nutrition education, information and advisory services across Australia. Nutrition Australia is comprised of five independent state divisions that provide local programs and services, while collaborating on national initiatives such as the Healthy Eating Pyramid and National Nutrition Week (11-17 October 2015).