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Tobias Gessner Appointed as the Director of Food & Beverage for the
550-room InterContinental San Francisco in California


(San Francisco, CA) – October 17, 2011 – The InterContinental San Francisco is pleased to announce the appointment of Tobias Gessner as the new Director of Food & Beverage. Tobias rejoins the San Francisco property, bringing an extensive background with the InterContinental Hotels Group. As the Director of Food & Beverage, Gessner is responsible for day-to-day banquet operations covering over 43,000 square feet of event space, in-room dining, and the award-winning Luce restaurant at this 550-room hotel located in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) district.

Gessner was first introduced to the InterContinental Hotels Group in 2001 at the InterContinental Dallas where he was the Conference and Meeting Coordinator, helping to oversee daily operations and all banquet functions. His time at the InterContinental Dallas also included a position as the Director of Purchasing/Food & Beverage Cost Controller. Previous to this experience, Gessner honed his hospitality skills as a Management Trainee at the Queens Hotel Siegen and as the Banquet Assistant at Queens Hotel Luedenscheid, both located in Germany. Gessner then relocated to the Westbury Hotel Mayfair, in London, UK, where he provided exceptional customer service at the Front Desk Reception. In early 2004, Gessner was appointed Restaurant Manager at the Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C. and later assumed the role of Private Dining & Bar Manager. In 2005, he became the In-Room Dining & Honor Bar Manager at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington D.C.

An opportunity to return to the InterContinental Hotels Group led Gessner to the InterContinental Mark Hopkins where he excelled as the Director of Banquets. In early 2008, Gessner moved to the InterContinental San Francisco as the Assistant Director of Food & Beverage where he was part of Luce restaurant’s opening team. Gessner was responsible for all restaurant staff hiring and training, and helped Luce restaurant to receive placement among the “20 Best New Restaurants” by Esquire in 2008. Gessner also participated in the logistical aspects of Luce’s promotional PR tour and a James Beard Foundation Dinner in New York. Before returning to the InterContinental San Francisco, Gessner was the Director of Food & Beverage at the InterContinental Toronto Centre in Canada. Gessner holds an advanced degree of hotel management from the Chamber of Industry & Commerce in Dortmund, Germany.

About InterContinental San Francisco
The InterContinental San Francisco opened in February 2008 at Howard and 5th streets next to Moscone West Convention Center. The hotel towers 32 stories above the heart of the City and features 550 rooms, 14 suites, 43,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space with natural light, a ten-room treatment spa, full-service fitness center, and an indoor pool. For more information and to make reservations, contact the InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, Calif.  94103, at 415.616.6500 or 888. 811.4273 or by visiting www.intercontinentalsanfrancisco.com.

About InterContinental San Francisco
The InterContinental San Francisco opened in February 2008 at Howard and 5th streets next to Moscone West Convention Center. The hotel towers 32 stories above the heart of the City and features 550 rooms, 14 suites, 43,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space with natural light, the Michelin-starred Luce restaurant, Bar 888, a ten-room treatment spa, full-service fitness center, and an indoor pool. Most recently, the InterContinental San Francisco received its LEED EBOM Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. For more information and to make reservations, contact the InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, Calif.  94103, at 415.616.6500 or 888.811.4273 or by visiting www.intercontinentalsanfrancisco.com.

About IHG
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-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®. We also manage the world’s largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with 52 million members worldwide.

IHG has over 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline which we expect to 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.

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Contact:

INTERCONTINENTAL SAN FRANCISCO
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103    
415.616.6500
www.intercontinentalsanfrancisco.com

WAGSTAFF WORLDWIDE
Keelin Czellecz/Erica Nevins
415.274.2510
keelin@wagstaffworldwide.com
erica@wagstaffworldwide.com



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