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 InterContinental Hotels Group Appointed to Manage the 560-room
Holiday Inn Resort Regent Beach Cha-Am, Formerly
the Regent Cha-Am Beach Resort & Spa
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Bangkok, Thailand, 9 June 2006 – InterContinental Hotels Group will add to its portfolio the first Holiday Inn Resort in Thailand’s Hua Hin/Cha-Am resort area along the western coast of the Gulf of Thailand. The Group has been appointed to manage the 560-room Holiday Inn Resort Regent Beach Cha-Am, currently trading as the Regent Cha-Am Beach Resort & Spa.
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The Hua Hin/Cha-Am area is renowned as Thailand’s first seaside holiday destination and is popular for its long beaches, historical attractions and golf courses. The Holiday Inn Resort Regent Beach Cha-Am – the largest resort in Hua Hin/Cha-Am in terms of land area – is set amidst 40 acres of lush tropical beachfront landscape on Regent Beach. The 400-metre-long beachfront affords plenty of space for relaxation, swimming and watersports. 

Over the next two years the hotel will continue refurbishment of guestrooms and suites. Plans are also underway to upgrade public areas, meeting facilities, restaurants and bars.  As with other Holiday Inn resorts, a signature kids’ club will be introduced. All enhancements will give the resort a contemporary feel, whilst maintaining its relaxing ambience and charm. 

Though primarily a destination for families and holidaymakers, the resort is also well equipped to accommodate the largest meetings and conventions in the area. The scale of the resort’s meeting facilities means it attracts both local and international business conventions, as well as off-site meetings from Bangkok, a two-and-a-half-hour drive away. 

Khun Piyaman Tejapaibul, Managing Director of the Regent Cha-Am, said: “We are confident that InterContinental Hotels Group’s knowledge of the industry in Thailand and track record as a global leader in hotels and resort management will ensure the success of Holiday Inn Resort Regent Beach Cha-Am. This will in turn enable us to maximise the potential of this unique and promising property.”

Commented Mr Jan Smits, chief operating officer, Southern Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Pacific: “The Holiday Inn Resort Regent Beach Cha-Am is the first Holiday Inn Resort in this popular international and domestic resort destination and is our third Holiday Inn Resort in Thailand following Phuket and Phi Phi Island. In fact IHG now operates five hotels and resorts with almost 2,000 rooms which supports our confidence and commitment to the future of tourism in Thailand.”

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.

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Contact:

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

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Also See: Jan Smits Promoted to Chief Operating Officer, South Asia for InterContinental Hotels Group / November 2004
InterContinental Hotels Group to Manage New Hotel Development in Islamabad, Pakistan / April 2006

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