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 IHG’s Patrick Imbardelli Named Asia Pacific
Hotelier of the Year 2006
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Singapore, May 17, 2007 – A. Patrick Imbardelli, Chief Executive of IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) Asia Pacific, has been named “Hotelier of the Year 2006” at the 10th Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference, organised and hosted by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels. 

The eighth recipient to receive the prestigious award, Mr. Imbardelli has been leading many high-profile developments for the group since he took on his role at IHG Asia Pacific in 2003.

IHG today has grown to 188 hotels in the region, with 105 more in the development pipeline. The company is now the largest international hotel group in Greater China, well on track to achieving its goal of having 125 hotels opened by 2008. The recently formed IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan – a joint venture with All Nippon Airways – makes IHG the biggest international hotel operator in Japan, the second largest hotel market in the world. IHG is also growing in India, another strategic business tourism market within the region. 
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A. Patrick Imbardelli, on the right, Chief Executive of IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) Asia Pacific, receiving the award from Peter Barge, Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels & CEO of Asia 
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IHG’s family of brands have crossed major milestones in profitability and distribution growth under Mr. Imbardelli’s leadership, delivering consistent value to hotel owners. Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts is now the most recognised brand in China, while Crowne Plaza & Resorts is one of the fastest growing hotel brands in Asia Pacific. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts continues to build on its legacy as a leading premium brand, and the recent introduction of the franchise model for Holiday Inn Express in China is yet another strategic move in a key market for IHG. 

A veteran hotelier, Mr Imbardelli has over 24 years of experience in the hotel and tourism industry. A member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation, he has held key appointments in industry bodies and other advisory boards, including the Global Hoteliers Society. Both the Fred Hollows Foundation and the Variety Club International have recognized him for contributions to the disadvantaged and underprivileged children in Australia and Southeast Asia.   

Each year, the Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference honours an Asia Pacific Hotelier who has had the greatest impact on the region’s hospitality industry.  The Hotelier of the Year award was first presented at the 3rd Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference in 2000.  Mr. Imbardelli joins the list of past winners including:

  • Mr. Kwek Leng Beng, Executive Chairman of Hong Leong Group
  • Dr. Hari Harilela, Chairman of The Harilela Group
  • Mr. Richard Hartman, Managing Director of InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Mr. Gwee Liang Kheng, President and Chief Executive Officer of publicly listed company Hotel Plaza Limited, and also President and CEO of United Overseas Land
  • Mr. David Baffsky, Chairman of ACCOR Asia Pacific
  • Dr. Lo Ka Shui, GBS JP, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Great Eagle Holdings and Chairman of the Langham Hotels International Group
  • Mr. Giovanni Angelini, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Held annually in Singapore, the Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference is widely recognized as the premier forum for the Asia Pacific hospitality industry.  A “By-Invitation Only” event, the conference brings together senior decision-makers of hotel owning and operating companies as well as investors. The 10th Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference has the sponsorship support of Accor Asia Pacific, Baker and McKenzie, Hilton International, IHG, Marriott International, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and The Registry Collection. 

About Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels
Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, the first and leading global hotel investment services firm, is uniquely positioned to provide both the depth and breadth of advice required by hotel investors and hotel companies, through a robust and integrated local network. In 2006, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels provided sale and purchase advice on 186 hotel transactions globally; representing a combined value of US$9.3 billion, a total of 43,272 hotel rooms in 78 cities. In addition advisory and valuation services were provided on 589 assignments globally for 136,270 rooms across approximately 280 cities. The global team comprises 187 hotel specialists, operating from 23 offices in 14 countries. The firm’s advice is supported by a dedicated global research team, which produced over 45 publications in 2006 in addition to bespoke client research. Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels’ services span the hospitality spectrum, from luxury single assets and large portfolios to select service and budget hotels, resorts and pubs. Their services include investment sales, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, valuation and appraisal, asset management, strategic planning, operator selection, management contract negotiation, consulting, industry research and project development services. Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels’ clients have access to the resources of its parent company, Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL). www.joneslanglasallehotels.com.
 
About IHG
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, over 3,700 hotels and 558,000 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 Indigo™, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards. 

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Contact:

Joanne Esta Chong
Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels
Tel : +65 9695 0455
joanne.chong@ap.jll.com 

Charles Yap
IHG
Tel:  +65 6395 6074
charles.yap@ihg.com

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Also See: Chairman of the Langham Hotels International - Dr K.S. Lo Named Asia Pacific Hotelier of 2004 / May 2005
Jones Lang LaSalle Names David Baffsky ‘Asia Pacific Hotelier of 2003’; Grows Accor Asia Pacific from 44 Hotels in 1993 to 210 Today / May 2004
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