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Plaza Internacional Building a $77 million 264-room
Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico
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ATLANTA (Dec. 4, 2007) – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], one of the world's largest hotel groups by number of rooms, today announced plans to construct a 264-room Crowne Plaza hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Slated to open mid-2009, the new Crowne Plaza will be situated near the Hato Rey Business District and just minutes from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.  The new hotel, which is owned by Plaza Internacional and will be managed by Plaza Internacional Hospitality Group, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group, will be the Caribbean’s second Crowne Plaza hotel. 
 
The new Crowne Plaza will be located in San Juan, the largest city in Puerto Rico and minutes away from the island’s commerce, entertainment, shopping districts and tourist attractions.  It will be part of a mixed-use development spanning 26 acres, which will include 558,600 sq. ft. of shopping mall space and two 11-story office buildings with 429,400 sq. ft. The hotel will be constructed in two connecting towers with direct access to the new Plaza International shopping mall that will neighbor the hotel. 
 
Overlooking the San Jose Lagoon, the new Crowne Plaza property will have expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and will afford guests access to popular destinations, including the Puerto Rico Convention Center, historic Old San Juan, and the new José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum.  The Crowne Plaza in San Juan will be the fourth IHG hotel property in San Juan. Other IHG properties include the InterContinental San Juan Resort & Casino, Holiday Inn San Juan, and Holiday Inn Express San Juan.

The new Crowne Plaza hotel will offer its guests the luxury and convenience of a day spa for both adults and children; a casino; fitness center; outdoor pool with Jacuzzi; upscale in-room amenities; valet and self parking; a full-service business center; and the popular Crowne Plaza Club Level. 

“We are thrilled to expand our hotel portfolio in the Caribbean with the addition of a Crowne Plaza in San Juan,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Management, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, the Americas. “Puerto Rico has long been considered a mainstay for international leisure and business travel in the Caribbean and we look forward to providing guests with the brand’s industry-leading amenities, including the meetings services and Sleep Advantage program.”
 
Crowne Plaza was recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry’s top growing brands. As part of the IHG global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has nearly 300 hotels in 51 countries, and are located in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit www.crowneplaza.com or call 1-800-2CROWNE.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is one of the world's largest hotel groups by number of rooms.  IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 3,800 hotels and more than 571,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. IHG 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 37 million members worldwide.
 
The company pioneered the travel industry’s first collaborative response to environmental issues as founder of the International Hotels and Environment Initiative (IHEI). The IHEI formed the foundations of the Tourism Partnership launched by the International Business Leaders Forum in 2004, of which IHG is still a member today. The environment and local communities remain at the heart of IHG’s global corporate responsibility focus.
 
IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards program at www.priorityclub.com. For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at www.ihg.com/media
 

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Contact:

Caroline Sanfilippo
Corporate Communications
 Direct Line: 770-604-2495
http://www.ihg.com 
 

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Also See: $18 Million Renovation and ReBranding to Doubletree Scheduled for the 184 room Pierre Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico / August 2007
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