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The Former Regent Almaty Hotel, a Landmark within Almaty - the
Largest City in Kazakhstan, Undergoing Refurbishment
and Rebranding to InterContinental

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ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN (September 12, 2006) -- InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the luxury brand will be increasing its presence in Kazakhstan with the opening of a second InterContinental hotel in Almaty.  Joining the InterContinental Astana, the InterContinental Almaty will bring the total number of IHG hotel rooms in Kazakhstan to nearly 600. 

The InterContinental Almaty, a 290 room hotel, is set to convert in October this year, following an agreement recently signed between Ayt-Otel (Ahsel Holding) and IHG.  Under this agreement, the former Regent Almaty Hotel, a well known landmark within the city center, will undergo a substantial refurbishment as it converts into the new InterContinental Almaty. Scheduled renovations will take place to bring the property up to InterContinental brand standards, including the refurbishing of meeting and event space, lobby and bars, and the addition of 15 new suites. 

Jennifer Fox, Chief Operating Officer, InterContinental Brand Europe commented, “The InterContinental Almaty will strengthen our position in Kazakhstan and complement the InterContinental Astana already successfully operating in the country. With so much international business coming into this region, we are looking forward to offering travelers luxurious facilities and our unique guest service philosophy.”
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InterContinental Almaty
(formerly The Regent Almaty)
181 Zheltoksan Street
Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan
Alper Can Bulcum, who will continue as the General Director of the hotel, bringing a wealth of experience from international luxury hotels, added, “With more and more international competition looking to move into the city, we look forward to securing a lead position in the city with the globally renowned InterContinental brand.”

Commanding a prestigious location, opposite the Presidential Palace, with stunning views of the mountains surrounding the city, the InterContinental Almaty will offer extraordinary accommodations and will serve as an ideal base for the increasing number of international travelers visiting Kazakhstan.

The InterContinental Almaty will feature nine executive and two Presidential suites; a grand ball room (hosting up to 400 guests); two large meeting rooms (hosting up to 120 guests); and a spa with an indoor pool, Turkish bath and saunas, outdoor tennis courts, and a fully equipped gym.  The hotel will also offer a variety of dining experiences, including the rooftop Belvedere Grill Room, the Bosphorus Turkish restaurant, the Asian Café, an outdoor Tennis bar (during summer), and a Members Bar. 

Kazakhstan has undergone rapid development resulting from rich oil, gas and mineral reserves. Almaty is now the economic heart of the country, attracting business from around the world. These recent developments have lead to an increase in demand for international branded guest rooms and top-of-the-line meeting and conference space and facilities.

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 traveler, 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, InterContinental continues to expand in key destinations around the globe. 

 
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Contact:

Jennifer Greene
Jgreene@brandmanpr.com
T: 212-683-2442
www.intercontinental.com

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Also See: The $70 million InterContinental Resort and Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora Set to Open May, 2006 / April 2006
The Capital Partners Ltd. Investing $40 million in Two Renaissance Hotels in Aktau and Atyrau, Kazakhstan / September 2004


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