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The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Singapore Completes Year-Long ‘Earthcheck’
 Assessment Provided by the Non-profit Organisation, EC3

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Singapore, August 4, 2009:- Crowne Plaza Changi Airport has joined an elite group of Singapore hotels that have been ‘Green Globe’ benchmarked by the highly regarded non-profit organisation, EC3.

In its first annual ‘Earthcheck’ assessment against benchmarking indicators and checklists to track performance in key areas of environmental and social impact, the 320-room city-style resort outperformed baseline levels in seven areas including water savings, use of paper products, cleaning products and pesticides.


Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
75 Airport Boulevard #01-01
819664, Singapore
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The EC3 assessment team noted the hotel’s positive commitment to maintain and improve performance in all indicators, particularly energy consumption, potable water consumption and waste sent to landfill.

The benchmarking exercise was conducted from May 2008-April 2009.

Only four other hotels in Singapore have received Green Globe certification – InterContinental Singapore, Holiday Inn Park View and Holiday Inn Atrium, all InterContinental Hotel Group companies, and Novotel Clarke Quay.

“Crowne Plaza Changi Airport has evolved very much along environmental lines. The hotel design makes the most of natural sunlight, recycled materials were used in its construction and we make every effort to reduce our impact with the use of non-hazardous cleaning materials,” said the hotel’s General Manager, Mark Winterton.

“To receive the EC3 benchmark is something of an achievement for a new hotel and provides a great incentive for us to keep on improving, reducing our impact on the environment under EC3’s highly credible benchmarking procedures,” he added.

EC3 Global is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC), which is owned by 16 of Australia’s leading universities.

It was established under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Programme in l987 to underpin the development of a dynamic, internationally competitive, and sustainable tourism industry and draws on research from over 250 tourism and environmental sustainability leaders.

Worldwide, only 400 hotels have received the EC3 seal of approval. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport has also been recognised by BCA Green Mark.

Launched in 2005, the BCA Green Mark Scheme is a strategic programme aimed at raising the awareness of sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings. It evaluates buildings for their environmental impact and performance.

The benefits of Green Mark buildings include cost savings from efficient use of key resources such as energy and water, leading to lower operation and maintenance costs. Other less tangible benefits include enhanced occupant productivity and health due to good indoor environmental quality.

EC3 Global has a worldwide network of approved Auditors appointed to provide Certification Services on behalf of EC3 Global under the Green Globe Standard(s). Currently, EC3 Global has over 30 qualified, independent third party auditors. All approved Auditors adhere to the requirements specified in ISO/IEC 17021:2006.

The overall aim of Green Globe Certification Services is to give confidence to all parties that the environmental and social sustainability approach fulfils specified requirements of the relevant Green Globe Standard(s). The value of Certification is the degree of public confidence and trust that is established by an impartial and competent assessment by an independent third-party auditor on behalf of Green Globe.

About Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is an upscale brand offering high levels of comfort, service and amenities. Targeted at both business and leisure travellers, Crowne Plaza hotels have a focus on meetings and related services and are located in major and secondary cities around the world. There are currently 278 Crowne Plaza hotels globally and 53 across Asia Pacific.

About IHG
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, more than 4,200 hotels and over 620,000 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, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with 43 million members worldwide.

IHG has nearly 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 140,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme 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:

Bryan Gabriel
IHG
Tel: +65 6823 5300
bryan.gabriel@ihg.com

Yvette Yeo
T\ PR
Tel: +65 6421 0323
yvette.yeo@tpr.sg

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Also See: InterContinental Hotels Group Restructures and Streamlines its Asia Pacific Region / June 2009

InterContinental Hotels Appoints Peter Gowers Chief Executive, Asia Pacific and Kirk Kinsell to President, Europe, Middle East & Africa / July 2007
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