The Gonzales Holiday Inn Express & Suites on La. 30 was recently awarded the 2016 Torchbearer Award by the InterContinental Hotel Group. The award is the company's most prestigious award.

The Holiday Inn Express is one of 454 properties within the Americas chosen from the IHG system of more than 5,100 hotels for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation - from quality to customer satisfaction.

"It is my pleasure to award the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gonzales as one of the top-notch hotels in our industry," said Elie Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer – IHG, The Americas. "This hotel embodies the heart of our brand promise and continues to make IHG properties known and admired throughout the world, continuing our mission to deliver on great brands and Great Hotels Guests Love."

A 2016 Torchbearer trophy, the company's symbol of top excellence, will be on permanent display at the hotel.