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InterContinental Dallas Names Aref Sayegh as Assistant General Manager
and Jack Murray as Director of Sales and Marketing


DALLAS (January 18, 2011) – InterContinental Dallas, the city’s thriving convention and lifestyle hotel, is proud to announce the appointment of Aref Sayegh as Assistant General Manager and Jack Murray as Director of Sales and Marketing.  With the hotel currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation, the InterContinental Dallas adds talent and expertise to its management staff, which also includes recently-appointed General Manager Scott Blakeslee.

“Aref’s service and operational experience will add even more depth to our already accomplished management team,” said Scott Blakeslee, General Manager for InterContinental Dallas.  “His proven track record in the luxury hotel market will help to ensure that InterContinental Dallas remains one of the premier hotel destinations in Dallas.”

As the Assistant General Manager for InterContinental Dallas, Sayegh will work alongside GM Scott Blakeslee to oversee all operational phases of hotel and revenue management.  Prior to joining InterContinental Dallas, Sayegh was the General Manager of the Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At this four-diamond property he was responsible for developing the hotel’s budget, managing the sales and marketing teams and liaising with the board of directors and hotel owners. Before working for the Atlantic Hotel, Sayegh held a variety of positions at Ritz-Carlton properties in Jupiter and Naples, Florida, including GM of the Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Director of Residences and Community and Food and Beverage Director.

Jack Murray will oversee all sales and marketing efforts for the hotel. Murray’s prior experience includes Director of Sales and Marketing positions at Dallas’ own Adolphus Hotel, Hotel ZaZa and the Fairmont Dallas. In these roles, Murray’s responsibilities included managing catering sales, conference services and revenue management. He also executed marketing plans, directed public relations efforts and implemented guest loyalty programs. 

“Jack’s experience in the Dallas luxury hotel market will prove invaluable as we unveil our extensive renovations and showcase our comprehensive array of programs and services,” said Blakeslee  “His creative, strategic thinking and day-to-day management of our sales and marketing efforts will help InterContinental Dallas differentiate itself in the hyper-competitive hotel landscape.”

Centrally located in the heart of the Dallas Metroplex, InterContinental Dallas features 528 guestrooms and suites and more than 100,000 square feet of total meeting space.  The hotel anchors the area’s bustling dining and entertainment scene with dozens of restaurants, bars and shops within walking distance, plus hundreds more located just a short drive away.  InterContinental Dallas is the perfect home base for a stay in Dallas.

InterContinental Dallas is located at 15201 Dallas Parkway in Addison, TX.  For more information or reservations, call (972) 386-6000 or visit www.intercontinental.com/dallas.

ABOUT INTERCONTINENTAL
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, over 4,500 hotels and more than 650,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized 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 program, Priority Club® Rewards with 52 million members worldwide.  IHG has over 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 160,000 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 information for the Priority Club Rewards program at www.priorityclub.com.
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Contact:

Ariana Hajibashi
Adastra Public Relations
6611 Hillcrest Ave. #403
Dallas, TX 75205
p: 214-641-9684
f: 214-242-2455
ariana@adastrapr.com

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Also See: InterContinental Dallas Names Scott Blakeslee General Manager / November 2010

Scott Blakeslee Named Vice President of Sales & Marketing, The Harmon Hotel, Spa & Residences, Las Vegas / April 2008

The Light Group Appoints Three to Executive Positions at the The Harmon Hotel, Spa & ResidencesLocated at MGM MIRAGE’s CityCenter, Las Vegas / January 2008

Thomas Becker Named General Manager of The Harmon Hotel, Spa & Residences at MGM Mirage’s CityCenter, Las Vegas / December 2007
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