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InterContinental Hotels Group to Manage New
Hotel Development in Islamabad, Pakistan
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Islamabad, 10 April 2006 – InterContinental Hotels Group has been appointed by the Escort Group of Companies to manage an InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property in Islamabad. The new-build nine-storey, 260-room hotel, situated in the heart of the capital’s diplomatic enclave and set against the backdrop of the Himalayan foothills, will be targeted at international business and leisure travellers as well as the country’s political and diplomatic community.

A key feature of InterContinental Islamabad will be its main ballroom, which, at more than 800 square metres in size, will be the largest hotel ballroom in Pakistan. This will be complemented by a landscaped lawn ideal for outdoor functions, three restaurants including Italian and Chinese cuisine specialty restaurants, a full-service spa with gym facilities and an outdoor pool.

The hotel’s spacious guest rooms will be styled along contemporary lines combined with local accents. The hotel will also offer the InterContinental brand’s signature Club InterContinental service, which includes enhanced benefits including access to an exclusive club lounge, complimentary daily breakfast, evening cocktails and canapés and all-day refreshments, and personalised concierge services. The hotel will also feature two presidential suites. 

Commented Mr Jan Smits, chief operating officer, Southern Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Pacific: “As the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, InterContinental Hotels Group is very much looking forward to the opening of the InterContinental Islamabad in the country’s capital. We are very excited to be working with the Escort Group of Companies and view this as a fantastic opportunity to introduce a brand-defining InterContinental hotel into Pakistan.”  

Mr Bashir Ahmad, chairman and managing director, Escort Group of Companies, said: “Escort is delighted to have appointed InterContinental Hotels Group to manage our new hotel development in Islamabad. The InterContinental Islamabad will be well placed to benefit from the potential growth in business and leisure travel into Islamabad. We are confident that InterContinental Hotels Group’s proven operating systems and hotel management expertise will lead the InterContinental Islamabad to great success.”

About InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts was the first truly international hotel brand in the world, and quickly became the symbol of glamour, sophistication and success that years later, continue to define global travel. The brand is committed to providing its guests with memorable and unique experiences that enrich their lives and broaden their outlook. InterContinental offers services and amenities specifically designed for the international business traveller, while maintaining the delicate balance of luxury expectations with authentic local experiences that enhance the leisure stay as well. Located in more than 60 countries worldwide, InterContinental continues to expand in key destinations around the globe.  
 
About InterContinental Hotels Group
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms.  InterContinental Hotels Group owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, almost 3,600 hotels and 537,500 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel IndigoTM, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards. Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region for InterContinental Hotels Group worldwide. The Group’s portfolio in this region includes more than 160 hotels and over 44,000 guest rooms under the InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, and Express by Holiday Inn® brands.

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Contact:

Charles Yap
Manager, Brand Public Relations & Communications
Tel: +65 6395 6074
E-mail : charles.yap@ichotelsgroup.com 
www.ichotelsgroup.com

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Also See: Tapping the Middle East Market / PATA / July 2000
Jan Smits Promoted to Chief Operating Officer, South Asia for InterContinental Hotels Group / November 2004


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