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InterContinental Hotels Group PLC : IHG Expands the Holiday Inn® Brand in Ecuador

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05/10/2013 | 06:45pm CEST

New-Build Hotel to be located near Quito's new International Airport

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], one of the world's leading global hotel companies, announces today the signing of a new Holiday Inn hotel in Quito, Ecuador. This property brings three IHG®-branded hotels to Ecuador including the current Holiday Inn Express® Quito hotel, and the upcoming Holiday Inn® Guayaquil Airport hotel slated to open next month.

"Ecuador has strong potential for hotel growth and is the perfect market for Holiday Inn hotels," said Joel Eisemann, chief development officer, the Americas, IHG. "As well as being the country's capital, Quito is also an important business and tourism center for the country and we look forward to bringing accommodations to fit the region's needs."

The hotel will be located approximately 22 miles from Quito's city center and one mile from the new Mariscal Sucre International Airport, built to expand the capacity of the city's former airport and estimated to serve five million travelers annually with room for future expansion. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador and a UNESCO World Heritage site, having one of the best-preserved historic city centers in the Americas.

The new hotel will be designed in line with the Holiday Inn brand family's $1 billion global brand relaunch, the largest project of its kind in hospitality history. The relaunch continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The hotel will feature a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

"We are so pleased with the signing of the new Holiday Inn Quito Airport," said Gerardo Murray, vice president, Marketing Strategic Services for Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean at IHG. "The location is exciting and a very strategic fit for this brand as this hotel will be located near one of the busiest international airports in South America and of tremendous value to both business and leisure travelers visiting the region."

Scheduled to debut in 2016, the four-story Holiday Inn Quito Airport will boast a modern facade and design featuring 130 guestrooms. The location is intended to cater to both corporate and leisure travelers, looking for accommodations close to the airport. The hotel will be equipped with maximum sound insulation, built to minimize airport noise to ensure a pleasurable and convenient stay for guests, and will also feature an array of on-site amenities, including an indoor swimming pool, restaurant, fitness center and 6,000 sq.-ft. of meeting space. Room Service Right ... On Time?, at all Holiday Inn hotels, ensures that guests' room service orders are accurate and delivered on time, every time.

Holiday Inn hotels feature a residential atmosphere that is warm, trend forward and comfortable. Guest beds are made using crisp, white bedding with pillows that come in two comfort levels: "soft" and "firm." The residential design will include business-focused necessities such as an ergonomic workstation and data ports with the bathrooms including a multifunctional showerhead, as well as a signature shower curtain with curved rod, and amenities. Additionally, each room will have standard Holiday Inn guestroom accommodations - comfortable double, queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, hairdryer, micro fridge, coffee maker, iron and ironing board.

The hotel is owned by BPO Asesores Empresariales S.A., which also owns the Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport opening later this year and is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. IHG has 42 Holiday Inn hotels and Holiday Inn Express hotels throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and has been serving Latin America for more than 65 years. With hotels situated in nearly every key market throughout the region, IHG has more than 75 hotels in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Holiday Inn hotels participate in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards, soon to be named IHG® Rewards Club this July. The industry's fast-growing guest loyalty program with 73 million members is free and guests can enroll by logging on at ihg.com/priorityclub, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at any of IHG's more than 4,600 hotels worldwide.

About the Holiday Inn brand

With over 1,200 hotels worldwide, the Holiday Inn® brand is the most widely recognized lodging brand in the world. In fact, the Holiday Inn brand was one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984. The Holiday Inn brand provides the services that business travelers need, while also offering a comfortable atmosphere where all people can relax and enjoy amenities such as restaurants and room service, swimming pools, fitness centers and comfortable lounges. The casual atmosphere and amenities such as meeting and on-site business facilities, Kids Eat and Stay Free programs, and KidSuites rooms at every Holiday Inn Resort hotel demonstrates the long-standing commitment of the Holiday Inn brand to serving travelers and have helped to establish the brand as "America's Favorite Hotel." And now, the Holiday Inn brand has been ranked "Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Mid-scale Full Service Hotel Chains", according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 and 2012 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. For more information about Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Resort, including IHG's vacation resort brand Holiday Inn Club Vacations, or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.ihg.com/holidayinn. Find us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/holidayinn or Facebook www.Facebook.com/holidayinnhotels

Notes to Editors:

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs) is a global organization with nine hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, and Candlewood Suites®, as well as our two newest brands, EVEN? Hotels and HUALUXE? Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 73 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and more than 674,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.priorityclub.comfor more on Priority Club Rewards. For our latest news, visit www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihgwww.facebook.com/ihg or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

Kreps DeMaria PR
Cristina Planas or Lucia Gonzalez, 305-663-3543
cplanas@krepspr.com or lgonzalez@krepspr.com

© Business Wire 2013
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