Fort McCoy News April 26, 2013

Lodging operations to transfer May 1

The Fort McCoy Lodging operations will become part of the Army-led Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program effective Wednesday, May 1.

Lend Lease (U.S.) Public Partnerships is the owner, developer, design/builder and asset manager for the project. IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) is the hotel operator.

Fort McCoy will join 38 other Army installations operating under IHG Army Hotels. According to the Army website, the Army decided to privatize its on-post lodging due to an internal study, which found that more than 80 percent of its 17,000 hotel rooms in the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii were in need of replacement or renovation. The Army estimated it would cost almost $1 billion and take more than 20 years to bring the inventory to an adequate standard through conventional appropriation channels.

Effective May 1, IHG Army Hotels are open to all servicemembers, their Families and all government travelers with on-post access.
A transition period will begin May 1 to add a number of new amenities to the IHG Army Hotels services at Fort McCoy.

These will include centralized online reservations; a complimentary breakfast; free, high-speed Internet access; and pet-friendly rooms, according to a PAL fact sheet.

Other services that eventually will be available include weekly social activities, a complimentary on-post shuttle service, business and fitness center, complimentary guest laundry facilities and the opportunity to earn Priority Club® Rewards — which will be renamed IHG® Rewards Club effective July 1 — points for stays beginning May 1 or after. Loyalty points are redeemable at any of IHG's 4,600 hotels around the world. 

More information about these available amenities will be posted to the website www.IHGArmyHotels.com as information/services become available. 

Reservations can be made through the IHG Army Hotels website, the Fort McCoy telephone numbers at 608-388-2107/3646 or through the IHG Army Hotels toll-free reservation number at 877-711-TEAM (8326).