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The 94-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saint-Hyacinthe in Quebec
Becomes First Canadian LEED-Certified Hotel


Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec (September 13, 2011) - The Holiday Inn Express® & Suites Saint-Hyacinthe, was awarded today the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its sustainable practices, making it Canada’s official first “green” hotel.

The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Saint-Hyacinthe has been built to meet the criteria of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System for its sustainable practices.  The hotel, owned by Groupe Robin, obtained this authentication by following a rigorous construction plan based on evaluation criteria respecting the 3R law: waste and used resource reduction, material reuse and material recycling.

Implemented by the Canadian Green Building Council, this certification is an international reference for the design, construction and operation of high performance sustainable buildings. Specifically, the hotel meets the most stringent environmental construction standards, and also presents related awareness operations and actions to its employees, suppliers and clients. As the first establishment offering 50 rooms and over, in the Province of Quebec, to be awarded the 5 GREEN KEYS by the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), the hotel is equipped with exceptional energy efficiency and water and heating consumption efficiency devices. The property has employed several key factors to reduce its carbon footprint including:
  • Furniture almost all locally made within 20 kilometers of the hotel
  • Cement used from a demolished bridge as gravel under and around the hotel
  • White roof to reflect sun’s heat
  • Special heat capturing water coils
  • Custom made natural fiber mattresses (with bamboo and soya bases)
  • Salt pool filtering system eliminates need for chemicals such as chlorine
  • Smart computer system controlling energy consumption.
“This was a daunting challenge but we are so proud to be the first hotel LEED-certified in Canada,” said Mr. Robert Robin, President of Groupe Robin. “By investing $10 million, we believe it not only  demonstrates our commitment but also leadership towards the construction of a hotel that meets all our sustainable and ecological values.”

Further demonstrating property’s commitment to sustainability, the hotel is now using Green Engage the innovative online environmental tool designed by IHG hotel company.  The Holiday Inn hotel brand is owned by IHG, and Green Engage is offered to hotels to help them monitor, reduce and manage their energy consumption, as well as water and waste without compromising the guest experience.  Green Engage has LEED volume precertification, which means IHG hotels can expedite their own LEED certification by using Green Engage.  Learn more about Green Engage.

“Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers and we are thrilled to be able to offer an environmentally sustainable choice as well to our customers,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG. “With more than 2,000 properties worldwide and nearly 500 properties in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to expand in markets like Quebec, providing our guests with a enhanced stay experience at a great value.”

Standard Holiday Inn Express hotel guest rooms feature comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast 100% Arabica coffee.  Business travellers will find large desks, ergonomic chairs, free high-speed internet access, free local and toll free phone calls (U.S. and Canada only) and phones with private voicemail.  The Saint-Hyacinthe property offers a variety of additional amenities including 32” LCD TVs in all guestrooms, a 24-hour business centre, an indoor heated pool, more than 1,000 square feet of meeting space and a state-of-the-art fitness centre with an LCD flat panel TV.  The hotel also offers 25 Business Class Suites, providing a relaxing and pampering oasis with a king bed or two queen beds, living room, hospitality unit and work desk with padded chair. The hotel is equipped with three modern meeting rooms that can accommodate between 14 and 72 people.

Located at exit 133 off Highway 20 East, 45 minutes from Montreal, the hotel offers 94 hypoallergenic rooms, including some thirty business suites, and a salt water indoor pool, a gym, a breakfast room, a shop, meeting rooms and parking spaces for electric vehicles with charging stations.

Holiday Inn Express hotels participate in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program has 47 million members.  Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on www.priorityclub.com, calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG’s nearly 4,300 hotels worldwide.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Saint-Hyacinthe is owned and managed by Hôtel M Inc, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group and is located at 1500 Johnson East, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Telephone: 450-251-1111.

About Groupe Robin
The hotel’s builder and manager, Groupe Robin, a family-owned business, veers away from the rest through its multidisciplinary real-estate expertise and its contribution to the Maskoutan economic development and that of Montreal’s South shore.

About Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travellers.  Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travellers.  Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start® Breakfast Bar, free high-speed internet access and free local phone calls (US and Canada only).  There are currently more than 2,000 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe.  For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.hiexpress.com.

About IHG

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global company operating seven well-known 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® . IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with almost 60 million members worldwide.

IHG is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms and IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, a portfolio of over 4,400 hotels and more than 656,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world.

IHG has more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline and expects to recruit around 160,000 people 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 http://www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com. For our latest news visit www.ihg.com/media, Twitter www.twitter.com/ihgplc or YouTube http://www.youtube.com/ihgplc.
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Contact:

Patrick Martins
Weber Shandwick Worldwide
416.642.7958
pmartins@webershandwick.com

Nellie Robin
Hotel M Inc.
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Saint-Hyacinthe
450.251.1111
nrobin@hotelm.ca


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