New Web address for Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts


Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts relaunched its Web site at after settling litigation with an unaffiliated Holiday Inn in Canada that had snapped up the domain name before the larger company made its bid.

Holiday Inn will continue to maintain for an indefinite period the URL that it had been using, but eventually it will promote (with no hyphen) as its official URL.

The defendant in the dispute over the Web site, Holiday Inn by the Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, also will affiliate with the Holiday Inn franchise organization. Other details of the settlement are confidential.

The Holiday Inn Motel & Restaurant opened in Niagara Falls in the 1940s, before the founding of Holiday Inn brand in 1952.

Owners of the Canadian business then opened Holiday Inn by the Falls and closed the original property; neither was affiliated with the worldwide franchise group.

After the Niagara Falls hotel beat the larger company to the domain name, Holiday Inn in the U.S. tried unsuccessfully to obtain that URL through negotiations, it said.

Then, lawyers for the franchisor said, Holiday Inn by the Falls announced plans to use more like a travel agency, which was not how the franchisor wanted its name used.

In 2001, owners of the Holiday Inn registered trademark sued the Canadian operator in U.S. District Court in Buffalo, N.Y., charging trademark infringement.

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