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181-room Holiday Inn & Suites St. Catharines North to Open
in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

St. Catharines, Ontario (April 13th, 2011) – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, announces the opening of the Holiday Inn & Suites St. Catharines North.  The hotel is part of an overall IHG effort to best meet the needs of business and leisure travellers to this area.

The Holiday Inn & Suites St. Catharines North is located in the urban centre of Niagara Region, just off the QEW Highway and 406 Highway. Facilities include the Parkway Lanes Sports and Entertainment Centre, home of a 40 lane bowling centre, a Timothy’s World Coffee Kiosk and a 17,000 sq. feet conference centre. The hotel is 15 km away from the stunning Niagara Falls and driving distance from attractions such as Niagara wineries, Niagara-on-the-lake and Fallsview Casino, making it an ideal location for business and leisure travellers alike.

The Holiday Inn & Suites St. Catharines North will show case the brand’s new sign, which is the seal of approval that this hotel exemplifies the standards of the $1 billion Holiday Inn brand relaunch program.  First announced in 2007, the relaunch program was established to create a more contemporary brand image, increase quality and drive consistency.  The global estate of more than 3,300 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express properties were relaunched by the end of 2010.

“We are thrilled to welcome this property to the Holiday Inn family of hotels with the brand new sign and everything it represents.  Holiday Inn hotels are specifically designed for business and family oriented leisure travelers in need of a full-service lodging experience, and this property fits well within that offering,” said Gina LaBarre, senior vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG. “Development in Southwestern Ontario is important in expanding our Holiday Inn consumer base and growing an even stronger presence across the Americas.”

The hotel’s dining facility features the Holiday Inn Best-4-Breakfastâ menu, featuring signature items such as Cinnamon Supreme French Toast™ and Skillet Inspirations™.  Kids 12 and younger eat free at Holiday Inn when ordering from the kids’ menu in the hotel restaurant and accompanied by a dining adult. Room Service Right…On Time™, also a standard at all Holiday Inn hotels, ensures that guests’ room service orders are accurate and delivered on time, every time.  Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s lounge, which will offer a pub fare menu.

Standard Holiday Inn guestroom accommodations feature comfortable double queen or king-sized beds, deluxe suites with a mini kitchenette, a sitting area with a sofa bed and lounge chair, cable television, hairdryer, coffee maker, iron and ironing board.  Guest beds are made using crisp, white bedding with pillows that come in two comfort levels: “soft” and “firm.”  Bathrooms include a specially designed showerhead that offers superior pressure, as well as a signature shower curtain with curved rod and new amenities.  Guestrooms provide a work desk and ergonomic chair, data ports and in-room check-out capabilities.  Complimentary high speed Internet access and free wireless is also available.  The Holiday Inn & Suites St. Catharines North offers a variety of amenities such as an on-site fitness centre, indoor swimming pool and restaurant.

“We are very excited to be opening our doors,” said Michael O’Doherty, general manager of Holiday Inn & Suites St. Catharines North.  “We have invested in this property with the goal of providing visitors of the area with a hotel that is convenient while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere with all the latest in comfort, and we are thrilled with the end result.”

All Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards.  The industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program has 56 million members.

Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG’s more than 4,400 hotels worldwide.

Holiday Inn & Suites St. Catharines North is owned by Angelo Nitsopoulos, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group and is located at 327 Ontario Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 5L8. Telephone: 905-704-5648.

About Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts

With nearly 1,400 hotels worldwide, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts is the most widely recognized lodging brand in the world.  In fact, Holiday Inn was one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984. Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts provides the services that business travelers need, while also offering a comfortable atmosphere where all people can relax and enjoy amenities such as restaurants and room service, swimming pools, fitness centers and comfortable lounges.  The casual atmosphere and amenities such as meeting and on-site business facilities, KidSuites rooms, and Kids Eat and Stay Free programs, demonstrate the long-standing commitment of Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts to serving travelers and have helped to establish the brand as “America’s Favorite Hotel.”  For more information about Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.holidayinn.com.

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, nearly 4,400 hotels and over 640,000 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 47 million members worldwide.

IHG has 1,500 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:

Dagmara Grabowski
Weber Shandwick Worldwide
416.642.7904
dgrabowski@webershandwick.com

Michael O’Doherty
Holiday Inn & Suites St. Catharines North
905-704-5648
michael.odoherty@honhotels.com

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