Holiday Inn Worthington Connects with the Local Community
Are you worried that your house won’t be able to accommodate all your friends and family this holiday season? Relax. The Holiday Inn on North High Street in Worthington is running a special promotion during the holidays--$60 a night for friends and family of Worthington residents. It’s all part of Holiday Inn’s 60th anniversary celebration--$60 to celebrate 60 years in business. In fact, if you reserve multiple rooms, they will even throw in a complimentary meeting space for the entire family. And, the restaurant will prepare a holiday meal. Eric Bearfield was hired as manager of the 232-room hotel in June. Since that time, he’s been focused on connecting the hotel with the local community. “One of my primary objectives is to build a strong tie with the community,” he said. “The more successful we are, the more successful the community is as a whole. I want to drive as many opportunities as possible to reach out to the community and help the community.” That means you might be seeing more promotions for Worthington residents in the weeks and months ahead, but it also means that Bearfield plans to work closely with the corporate community, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Worthington.
Bearfield thinks there are a few noteworthy things about the hotel that local residents tend to overlook. For starters, the full-service restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plans are underway to expand the menu, which is currently focused on salads and sandwiches, and they’re in the process of creating a family meal-to-go for local residents. Other features include 16,000 square feet of meeting space, a heated indoor swimming pool and a fitness room, which is scheduled to double in size with all new equipment in the next two weeks.
Prior to accepting the job, Bearfield worked at the Columbus Airport Marriott. Before that, he spent 10 years as a general manager with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. “It’s great to be in the Worthington community,” he said. “I have bought into the community personally, own a home here, and have my kids in the schools.”