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Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla, Appoints Barun Jolly as General Manager.


New Delhi, February 23, 2010 – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, has announced the appointment of Mr. Barun Jolly as General Manager, Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla. Scheduled to open in March 2010, the hotel will be the latest Crowne Plaza to adorn India. Spread over 2.1 acres with 208 rooms, the new hotel promises to be an attractive destination for discerning business travelers with best-in-class amenities for meetings and multi-cuisine dining options.
 
As the General Manager, Barun will be responsible for overseeing the successful launch and operations of the newest Crowne Plaza hotel in India. He will lead a team of dedicated industry professionals and staff in managing the hotel, introducing innovative F&B concepts, driving revenues, implementing robust Revenue Management Systems, and ensuring guest & employee satisfaction.
 
Prior to joining Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla, Barun served as the Hotel Manager at Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon, where he was an integral part of the pre-opening team and was instrumental in winning multiple accolades for the hotel. During his tenure, Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon had one of the highest Guest Satisfaction scores in South Asia and Korea. As for Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon, his strategic insights contributed to the noteworthy success of the hotel.
 
Shaun Langdon, Regional General Manager India, IHG, said, “Barun brings with him over 12 years of valuable experience and expertise in managing world-class hotels. Having successfully directed hotel development, product enhancement, up-gradation and concept development, his appointment further supports the new strategic direction of IHG’s growth and expansion plans.”
 
Talking about his new role, Barun Jolly said, “Given the burgeoning hospitality industry in India, I am thrilled to be a part of the growth of the Crowne Plaza brand in India. I hope to replicate the success of Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon to this upcoming property in New Delhi. We will strive to consistently deliver genuine and focused services in a refreshing and engaging environment. Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi,Okhla  will be offering some of the finest F & B concepts in the city in the most aesthetic environs. We’re excited that the hotel will be launched in the year of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.”
 
Earlier in his career, Barun has also been associated with prestigious hotel chains including the Grand Hyatt Delhi, The Imperial New Delhi and Hyatt Regency Delhi.
 
A recipient of several industry awards, including the ‘Young Achiever Award in Hospitality’ by Pacific Asia Travel Writers Association, and recognized among the Top 12 Hoteliers in India by Safari India, Barun holds an M.B.A in Marketing and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Delhi University.

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 4,400 hotels and more than 645,000 guest rooms in 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 48 million members worldwide.
               
IHG has 1,400 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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Also See: IHG, Currently With 11 Hotels in India, Has 31 Management Contracts in the India's Pipeline / April 2009

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