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Leslie Power Named GM and Rene Hampton DOS
at the 95 room Hotel Indigo Sarasota
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ATLANTA (May 17, 2006) – InterContinental Hotels Group announced today the appointments of Leslie (Fullen) Power, general manager, Hotel Indigo Sarasota and Rene Hampton, director of sales, Hotel Indigo Sarasota. Hotel Indigo Sarasota will be the brand’s seventh property to open, planned for later this year.

“With more than 20 years of combined hotel experience, Leslie and Rene have the necessary operational skills, personalities and enthusiasm that personify the essence of the brand,” said Jim Anhut, senior vice president, Brand Development, IHG.  “Hotel Indigo offers a unique retail-design and service concept that was created to exceed guest expectations, and Leslie and Rene have proven they have what it takes to deliver on this brand promise.” 
 
A veteran of the hospitality industry, Power most recently served as regional director, Sales & Marketing, Hilton Hotel Corporation.  Throughout her career in the hospitality industry, Power has held roles of increasing responsibility including regional director, Sales & Marketing, Davidson Hotel Company; director, Sales & Marketing, Hilton Tampa-Airport and director, Sales & Catering, Embassy Suites Pittsburgh. Power also led sales & marketing efforts at Southeastern Advertising & Graphics.  

As director of sales, Hampton will lead the sales team in developing group, individual and weekend leisure business travel for the new hotel. Hampton will also be responsible for training the sales staff to exceed the property’s goals in customer satisfaction.  Prior to joining Hotel Indigo Sarasota, Hampton held management positions in sales with Thayer Lodging, Bank of America and Wet Seal, Inc.

“IHG has developed a comprehensive hiring process that measures the practical skills of applicants, as well as their understanding of the Hotel Indigo brand,” said Wayne W. McAteer, Chairman and CEO for Wesley Hotels and Resorts.  “We’re taking careful consideration to create a refreshing physical environment that will be brought to life through the service culture of the staff.  We believe Leslie and Rene truly understand Hotel Indigo’s “inn-clusive” service culture and they embody the enthusiasm and understanding that we’re here to take care of guests’ needs while they are away from home.”
 
Hotel Indigo Sarasota will be located at 1223 Boulevard of the Arts near the Sarasota Opera House, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center and the Florida West Coast Symphony. 

In addition to 95 guestrooms, the Hotel Indigo Sarasota will feature brand standards such as: signature oversized lobby chairs, which create a personal work or dining space within the public areas of the hotel; cozy, airy and inviting guestrooms with plush bedding, hardwood flooring and spa-style shower. The hotel will also offer complimentary wireless access in all guestrooms and public spaces.  

Hotel Indigo’s phenomenal reception primed the brand for continued expansion in the United States. The first Hotel Indigo opened in Atlanta in October 2004, and since then two additional hotels have opened, one in Chicago’s historic Gold Coast neighborhood, a second in Palatine, Ill., a suburb just outside of Chicago.  Future sites of Hotel Indigo hotels include Houston, near the uptown business district and Galleria, Dallas, Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn. and Ft. Myers, Fla.  For more information on Hotel Indigo, or to make reservations, please visit www.hotelindigo.com.

About Hotel Indigo
The newest member of the InterContinental Hotels Group family, Hotel Indigo is the industry’s first branded boutique hotel experience. It is uniquely designed to appeal to style savvy, lifestyle focused guests who desire affordable luxury, genuine service and an alternative to traditional “beige” hotels without sacrificing any of the businesses amenities they have come to expect. Renewal is the soul of Hotel Indigo’s retail-inspired design concept -- thoughtful changes that are made throughout the year to keep the hotel fresh, similar to the way retailers change their window displays. Guestrooms feature signature murals, area rugs, fluffy duvets and slip covers that will change periodically, while public spaces will be transformed seasonally through changing aromas, music, artwork, murals and directional signage.  From relaxed café dining to high-style rooms—Hotel Indigo creates an intriguing, warm and inviting environment for guests. www.hotelindigo.com 

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Contact: 

InterContinental Hotels Group
Natasha Gullett
 natasha.gullett@ichotelsgroup.com
 (770) 604-5597
www.ichotelsgroup.com

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Also See: The Holiday Inn Dallas-Aristocrat to Be Converted to Hotel Indigo / March 2006
The Historic Claridge Hotel, Chicago Undergoing Renovation to be InterContinental Hotels Group Second Hotel Indigo / March 2005

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