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Inverplata S.A. Building a New Holiday Inn Express Hotel
and Suites in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
MIAMI - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) (LSE:IHG) (NYSE:IHG) (ADRs), the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announced that it has signed a management agreement with Inverplata S.A. for the new Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Today Santo Domingo is considered to be one of the largest economic and commerce hubs in the entire Caribbean that bustles with young entrepreneurs, plenty of opportunities and several new developments all within a strong and financially viable market. 

The 7-story, 145-room hotel, currently under construction, is situated on Avenida Abraham Lincoln, in an upscale neighborhood that is home to major foreign and local companies' headquarters, embassies, and government agencies. The hotel is also within close proximity to the Universidad Pontificia, Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, and a myriad of shopping centers, nightclubs, and restaurants. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Santo Domingo is the second IHG property in Santo Domingo, and is also the second IHG property collaboration with development company, Inverplata S.A. 

“We are very proud to be developing one of IHG’s fastest growing brands in our magnificent city of Santo Domingo; a city that has the richest products, culture and history in the entire Caribbean,” says Pierre Nahas of Inverplata S.A. “We believe this new venture will not only benefit us and IHG, but it will also benefit the tourism industry as well as the economic interests of the region.” 

“We are excited to expand the Holiday Inn Express brand in one of the most vibrant cities in the Caribbean, further demonstrating IHG’s commitment to expanding its brands in key cities within Latin America,” says Alvaro Diago, Area President of InterContinental Hotels Group Latin America. “Additionally, this is our second hotel with Inverplata S.A., who also owns the venerable InterContinental V Centenario Santo Domingo, and we are thrilled to continue furthering our relationship with them.” 

The Holiday Inn Express brand is a perfect choice for travelers seeking affordable lodging in a fresh and comfortable setting. The brand is IHG’s fastest growing hotel brand in the world, with over 1,600 hotels worldwide. Additionally, Holiday Inn Express has been presenting innovative hotel concepts since its inception in 1991 and has received several awards and other highly noted recognitions for its clever strategic positioning with its frequent visitors that search for a hotel with great service at an affordable price. 

When completed at the end of 2007, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santo Domingo will have a business center, outdoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center, and four meeting rooms. 

Santo Domingo is the Capital of the Dominican Republic and is a great place to begin a Caribbean travel adventure. It is an enchanting city that melds a contemporary metropolis with an antique European charm, and tropical Latin flavors. The city offers exquisite dining, an energetic night life, and great shopping venues. It is considered to be the first European city in the Western Hemisphere, and a large part of its old world inheritance has been preserved in a region near the Ozama River called the "Colonial City," which UNESCO declared a World Heritage Site in 1990. 

“We are thrilled with this new InterContinental Hotels Group project and we wish them much success; we already know that Santo Domingo's tourism is on the rise and will see an even greater increase in the years ahead," says Félix Jiménez, Secretary of Tourism for the Dominican Republic. 

IHG in Latin America has opened four Holiday Inn Express brand hotels in the last two years, including three properties in Curitiba, Brazil, the Holiday Inn Express Avé. Sumare, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Holiday Inn Express Puerto Montt in Puerto Montt, Chile. This signing agreement also complements recent Holiday Inn Express agreements that include: Holiday Inn Express Medellin La Strada, in Medellin, Colombia and the Holiday Inn Express Quito, in Quito Ecuador. 

Holiday Inn Express participates in Priority Club Rewards. With more than 28 million members, Priority Club® Rewards is the first, largest and fastest-growing guest loyalty program in the hotel industry. Winner of the 18th Annual Freddie Awards hotel loyalty “Program of the Year” and named “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World” by Global Traveler magazine, Priority Club Rewards offers more sought-after benefits and the greatest ease of use of any hotel loyalty program. In addition to flexible features like No Points Expiration and No Blackout Dates, members have more options for points redemption than any other hotel loyalty program. Enrollment in Priority Club Rewards is free. Guests can enroll by logging on at www.priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s 3,600 hotels worldwide. 

As part of the InterContinental Hotels Group global portfolio, Holiday Inn Express hotels are located in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. For reservations at Holiday Inn Express properties, visit www.hiexpress.com. 

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 3,650 hotels and 540,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized 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 Indigo®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards with over 28 million members worldwide. 

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InterContinental Hotels Group
www.ichotelsgroup.com

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Also See: Domincan Republic Hotel Operator, Hotelera Naco, Rebrands the Former Plaza Hotel to Clarion Hotel Santo Domingo / Sept 2003
Hilton's Three Year Relationship with Dominican Republic's Coral Hotels & Resorts Ends; Coral’s Four Resorts in the Dominican Republic No Longer Operate Under the Coral by Hilton Brand / November 2006


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