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Holiday Inn Malé, Maldives Appoints Brett Wilson as General Manager
and Nabeel Abdulla as Director of Sales and Marketing

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Malé, Maldives 19 August 2009:  Holiday Inn Malé, the first international-class hotel located in Malé, the capital of the Maldives, has brought together two industry high-fliers to jump-start operations at the stunning new city-centre property.

Brett Wilson, former General Manager of the award-winning Crowne Plaza Queenstown, New Zealand, has taken the top post at the 117-room property, with a mandate to set new benchmarks in hospitality on the capital island.

Brett’s success at the upscale Crowne Plaza in the trendy Queenstown location, and a track record of more than 20 years in the hotel industry, provides a strong platform for the high- performance Maldives environment.   

Joining him at the 15-storey property – the highest building on Malé -- is Maldivian, Nabeel Abdulla, who has ten years experience in various roles at five-star resort properties throughout the country.


Before joining Holiday Inn Malé, Nabeel was Sales and Marketing Manager at the highly acclaimed Huvafen Fushi where he promoted the resort in international markets and was responsible for delivering record-breaking financial results over the past two years.

Just a short, five-minute speedboat ride from the international airport, Holiday Inn Malé offers world-class meetings and conference facilities, food and beverage outlets, extensive recreation and leading-edge communication facilities.

“We are both very excited at the opportunity to use the skills we have acquired in top-class hotels in high-performing environments to drive success for this wonderful new property,” said Brett.

“As the first international-class hotel in the capital, we are perfectly positioned as the premier business and leisure connection to the Maldives: an upscale stopover for those visiting the outlying islands and the place to stay if you are here on business.

“The service and facilities, including upscale restaurants and extensive banquet and meeting facilities, redefine the concept of hospitality on the main island,” he added.

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, over 4,200 hotels and more than 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 Club VacationsTM, 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 around 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 andregistered 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 program at www.priorityclub.com. For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at www.ihg.com/media

About Holiday Inn Relaunch

Holiday Inn is in the midst of the biggest relaunch in hospitality history creating a more contemporary brand image
including a new logo, and driving consistency in all 3,296 Holiday Inn brand family hotels around the world. With
almost 1,000 hotels already relaunched worldwide, the completion of the relaunch of the global estate is expected to
be completed in 2010.
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Contact:

Nabeel Abdulla
Holiday Inn Malé
Tel: + 960-33 00 888
nabeel.abdulla@ihg.com

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

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