La Quinta Inns & Suites

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La Quinta Inns and Suites
Subsidiary
Traded as Private
Industry Hotels
Founded 1968; 50 years ago (1968)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Headquarters 909 Hidden Ridge
Irving, Texas, U.S. 75038
Number of locations
800+
Area served
North America
Key people
Keith Cline, President and CEO
Number of employees
9,000
Parent Wyndham Worldwide
Website lq.com

La Quinta Inns & Suites (Spanish: La Quinta, "the Villa", pronounced 'la KEEN-ta) is a chain of limited service hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Honduras. La Quinta Holdings Inc first sold shares to the public in April 2014. La Quinta has headquarters in Irving, Texas.

Before the 2014 stock offering, all La Quinta properties were owned or franchised by the company's subsidiary La Quinta Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), which leased the properties back to the parent company. The company owns and operates over 800 properties.

La Quinta is Spanish for "The Sleep," but it can also mean "the country place."[1]

La Quinta hotel in Gillette, Wyoming.

History[edit]

Real estate entrepreneur Sam Barshop (1929–2013) and his brother Phil (1935–1998) opened the first La Quinta in San Antonio, Texas, in 1968, across the street from the site of HemisFair '68 World's Fair.[1] The company's headquarters remained in San Antonio until 1999, when they relocated to Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.[2]

LQ Corporation, parent company to subsidiary LQ Properties, Inc, announced on November 9, 2005 that it had agreed to be acquired by the private-equity firm Blackstone Group for $3.4 billion in cash and debt. The merger closed on January 25, 2006.

Room types and setting vary by hotel. Company-owned hotels are standardized. Franchised hotels vary more.

The hotel chain advertises heavily on television with a campaign that targets business travelers. The advertisements feature La Quinta customers getting a restful night's sleep and going on to literally perform various figures of speech (in one a man sells ice to an Eskimo; another, a woman deals with an 800-pound gorilla in the room) the next day.[citation needed]

On January 18, 2018 Wyndham Worldwide Corporation and La Quinta Holdings Inc. announced they had entered into a definitive agreement under which Wyndham Worldwide will acquire La Quinta’s hotel franchise and hotel management businesses for $1.95 billion in cash. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.[3]

Headquarters[edit]

LQ Management LLC, the owner, has its headquarters in the Las Colinas area of Irving, Texas, near Dallas.[2][4] La Quinta's first headquarters were in San Antonio. In 1999 the company announced it was going to move, transferring over 100 jobs from city to city. The company cited the lack of nonstop flights from San Antonio International Airport as a reason for moving.[2] The company wished to have its headquarters near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, a large airport. The company kept around 300 employees who worked in accounting, information systems, and reservations in San Antonio.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b La Quinta Inns, Inc., History
  2. ^ a b c Travis E. Poling and Bonnie Pfister (March 17, 1999). "La Quinta moving to Dallas suburb;Hotelier cites S.A.'s lack of nonstop flights". San Antonio Express-News.
  3. ^ http://www.wyndhamworldwide.com/news-media/press-releases/wyndham-worldwide-and-la-quinta-holdings-announce-acquisition-agreement
  4. ^ "Fact Sheet." La Quinta Inns & Suites. Retrieved on March 24, 2010.
  5. ^ "La Quinta to move office to Las Colinas The hotel chain's officials say the company needs to be near a major airport". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. March 18, 1999. p. 12 Business. Retrieved March 24, 2010.