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IHG Opens the 174-room Holiday Inn North Phoenix in Arizona

Following a $4.5 Million Renovation and Conversion from a Ramada Plaza Hotel

ATLANTA - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] announces the opening of the new Holiday Inn North Phoenix, which recently underwent a conversion from a Ramada Plaza hotel. The extensive $4.5 million renovation includes a complete remodeling of the hotel. The first hotel in Phoenix to install a solar water-heating system to provide hot water to the entire property, the new Holiday Inn North Phoenix was developed to be more efficient to build, operate and maintain.

Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport and downtown Phoenix, the new hotel offers 2,750 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center and an outdoor pool with a whirlpool.

The new hotel includes features in keeping with the $1 billion Holiday Inn re-launch, the largest project of its kind in the history of the hospitality industry. First announced in 2007, the relaunch program creates a more contemporary brand image as part of the drive to increase quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The program focuses on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

“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, vice president, Brand Management the Americas, IHG. “Development in Phoenix is important in expanding our Holiday Inn consumer base and growing an even stronger presence across the Americas.”

The 91,000 square foot hotel at 12027 N. 28th Drive – at the intersection of I-17 and Cactus Road – has 174 rooms, including eight suites. The exterior of the hotel, as well as the lobby, restaurant and lounge, feature a modern fresh design unique to the Holiday Inn brand.

“Holiday Inn has always represented quality and comfort, and our new hotel takes the Holiday Inn experience to a whole new level,” said General Manager Christopher Watt. “We are dedicated to providing an excellent product, superior service and an experience that will bring guests back to us whenever they’re in the Phoenix area.”

An ideal location for both business and leisure travelers, the Holiday Inn North Phoenix is just minutes from nationally recognized golf courses, Arizona State University's West Campus, Westgate City Center, University of Phoenix Stadium, Jobing.com Arena, Chase Field and the Deer Valley Municipal Airport. It is also a short drive from the Metro Center Mall and from the neighboring communities of Scottsdale, Tempe and Peoria.

The area is home to the corporate headquarters of PetSmart Corporation and Goodwill Corporation and to the offices of other companies including, American Express, Discover Financial Services, John C. Lincoln Hospital, Banner Health, Farmers Insurance and Renal Care Group.

The full service hotel includes the Tandoori Times 3 restaurant, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.  An authentic Indian bistro, Tandoori Times 3 provides guests with a relaxed casual atmosphere that includes a lounge and patio bar. Known for its exotic dishes from the northern regions of India, the restaurant also offers American fare, including the standard Holiday Inn Best-4-Breakfastâmenu, with signature items such as Rainforest Alliance™ Certified coffee, 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.

The hotel design has a residential atmosphere that is warm, trend forward and comfortable. The hotel features a natural, fresh color palette punctuated by pops of energetic colors.  Guest beds are made using crisp, white bedding with pillows that come in two comfort levels: “soft” and “firm.” While the bathrooms include a specially designed showerhead that offers superior pressure, as well as a signature shower curtain with curved rod and new amenities.

The residential design includes business-focused necessities such as an ergonomic workstation, data ports, complimentary USA TODAY® newspapers, complimentary high-speed Internet access in guest rooms and WiFi capabilities. In addition, each room features the standard Holiday Inn guestroom accommodations – comfortable double, queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, hairdryer, micro fridge, coffee maker, iron and ironing board.

The Holiday Inn North Phoenix is owned by Bel Aire, LLC and managed by Advance Management & Investment, LLC, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY or by going to www.holidayinn.com.

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 61 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 4,500 hotels worldwide.

About Holiday Inn

With over 1,200 hotels worldwide, Holiday Inn® 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 Innprovides 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.”  And now, Holiday Inn is ranked highest in guest satisfaction among midscale full service hotel chains, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM.

For more information about Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Resorts, including IHG’s new vacation resort brand Holiday Inn Club Vacations, or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.holidayinn.com. Find us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/holidayinn or Facebook www.Facebook.com/holidayinnhotels

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization operating seven 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 over 61 million members worldwide.

IHG is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms and franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,500 hotels and more than 666,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories, and has more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline.

IHG is committed to gender balance throughout its business. We aspire to continue retaining a minimum of 25% female representation on the Board.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.priorityclub.com for more on Priority Club Rewards. For our latest news, visit www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihgplc or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.
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Contact:

Holiday Inn
Sherry Telford
sherry.telford@ihg.com
+1(770) 604-2613

Holiday Inn
Sarah-Ann Soffer
sarahann.soffer@ihg.com
+1(770) 604-2707


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