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The 147-room Holiday Inn Express in Kennesaw, Georgia
to Begin a $2 Million Renovation


ATLANTA (11/1/2011) – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms announced today that the Holiday Inn Express in Kennesaw, Georgia to begin a $2 million dollar renovation this month.  The Holiday Inn Express – Kennesaw will have new guest rooms, new lobby, new portico and new state-of-the art fitness facility.
 
The property already showcases 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.  The Holiday Inn brand relaunch is the largest in the history of the hospitality industry, with more than 3,300 hotels around the world being updated - improving quality and driving consistency at Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels around the world.
 
The relaunch focuses on the things research shows matter most to guests - a modern, contemporary hotel with efficient, friendly service and a great night's sleep. Relaunched hotels such as the Holiday Inn Express® -Kennesaw feature:

  • Upgraded and decluttered lobby areas
  • A Holiday Inn Express signature scent and sound
  • New exterior lighting and landscaping
  • New signage with the redesigned logo
  • All Holiday Inn employees also go through an extensive "Stay Real" training program to ensure guests receive the level of service they expect.
Guests at the Holiday Inn Express® – Kennesaw will experience a comfortable and smart environment with innovative preferred guest upgrades to ensure a productive stay while traveling for business or leisure. The hotel’s newly enhanced complimentary Express Start® breakfast bar will feature a full range of breakfast items including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, yogurt, fruit and the brand’s proprietary cinnamon roll and Smart Roast® coffee.  The SimplySmart™ shower incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart™ Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod, upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and a custom line of cinnamon-scented bath products.  Guests will enjoy the SimplySmart™ bedding collection where they will find new crisp fresh bedding which features an attractive decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft 200 thread-count sheets.

The newly renovated Holiday Inn Express - Kennesaw offers a variety of amenities such as 147 spacious guest rooms feature comfortable queen, king and two double sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast 100% Arabica coffee.  Business travelers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs, free high-speed internet access and free local phone and toll free (U.S. and Canada only), phones with private voicemail and complimentary USA TODAY® newspapers.

“More than $2 million will be invested to update this property and we are looking forward to the end result,” said Perry Nichols, Vice President of Operations & General Manager. “Holiday Inn Express is modern, fresh, clean and uncomplicated and a perfect fit for Cobb County and Kennesaw Area.”
 
The property is located at the entrance to Town Center at Cobb mall and within a walking distance to shops and restaurants and just minutes from most attractions in metro Atlanta.
 
Holiday Inn Express participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards.  The industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program has 48 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.
 
The Holiday Inn Express-Kennesaw is owned and managed by Town Center Management, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group and is located at Atlanta, Georgia.  Telephone: 770-427-5210; Facsimile: 770-425-4211.  Website: www.hiexpress.com/atl-kennesaw

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC
IHG's management portfolio is one of the largest in the world.  As of December 31, 2010, the company operates more than 600 hotels and more than 157,000 rooms around the world.  In the Americas alone, IHG's operations team manages more than 220 hotels comprised of more than 43,500 rooms with another 10 hotels and more than 2,500 rooms in the region’s management pipeline.

Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express is the modern hotel for value-oriented travelers.  Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers.  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 only).  There are currently more than 2,000 Holiday Inn Express locations around the globe.  For more information about Holiday Inn Express or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.hiexpress.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, 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 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 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 program 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:

Perry Nichols
Vice President of Operations & General Manager
Holiday Inn Express
Pdn1@integrityhotels.com
770-427-5210


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