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The 207-room Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria Area Opens in Texas

Owned by Galleria Crowne Hospitality and
Operated by Houston Hospitality Services

1 June 2012 - ATLANTA – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], one of the world’s largest hotel companies, today announced the opening of the Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria Area, located near the heart of Houston and within five miles of major businesses and corporate offices, shopping areas and sports venues.

Close to the intersection of Interstate 10 and Interstate 610 at 7611 Katy Freeway, and less than three miles from the Houston Galleria Mall, the property recently underwent a $20 million renovation to both the interior and exterior. The six-story, 207-room hotel includes 29 regular suites plus two presidential suites and three hospitality suites. It features an outdoor heated pool and cabana bar, with a large fire pit for socializing, as well as a fitness center and business center.

For meetings and events, the hotel’s 14,000 square feet of meeting space has been remodeled. It includes 10 meeting rooms and two ballrooms, the largest of which can accommodate a banquet for up to 500 guests. Wireless high-speed Internet service is available throughout the hotel and is complimentary to members of the Priority Club rewards program.

“We're pleased to bring our seventh Crowne Plaza hotel to the Houston area in such a convenient location for business and leisure travelers," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Americas Brand Management, IHG. "There are several major employers in the area that will benefit from the meetings-savvy products and services that only a Crowne Plaza provides."

Major corporations with nearby locations include Marathon Oil, Conoco Phillips, Exxon Mobil, IBM, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Cameron Oil. The hotel is also just four miles from the George R. Brown Convention Center. Shuttle service to some businesses, as well as the Galleria Mall, is also available. Leisure travelers will enjoy the hotel’s close proximity to the Marque Entertainment Center, the Houston Arboretum, Minute Maid Park and Memorial Park.

“It’s exciting to be opening as a Crowne Plaza hotel in an area that is so conveniently located,” said Mark Peck, general manager. “The Crowne Plaza brand is well-regarded for providing guests with a unique upscale experience that appeals to quality-minded business and leisure travelers.”

The hotel includes The Red Oak Room Restaurant and Lounge, featuring American cuisine served in a casual environment. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Crowne Plaza offers a signature comprehensive meetings program that ensures a seamless planning process and exceptional meeting experience consisting of three key components: a Two-Hour Response Guarantee, a Crowne Meetings Director, and a Daily Meetings Debrief.

Consistent with the Crowne Plaza brand, the hotel features the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage®, which encompasses the entire sleep experience, from training staff on how to create and maintain a restful environment to providing innovative products and services. Program components include signature bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet zones and aromatherapy.

The Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria Area is independently owned by Galleria Crowne Hospitality and operated by Houston Hospitality Services, Inc., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit www.crowneplaza.com or call 1-800-2CROWNE.

About Crowne Plaza
Crowne Plaza has been recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry's top-growing brands. Additionally, for the second consecutive year, Business Travel News magazine named Crowne Plaza as the No. 1 upscale brand as voted by travel buyers in its annual U.S. Hotel Chain Survey. As part of the IHG global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has almost 400 hotels in nearly 60 countries, located in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations.

Crowne Plaza participates in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry's first and largest guest loyalty program has 65 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 InterContinental Hotels Group
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with nine hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, as well as our two newest brands, EVENTM Hotels and HUALUXETM Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 65 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,500 hotels and more than 661,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate 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.

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, www.facebook.com/ihg or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.
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Contact:

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

Caroline Huston
Crowne Plaza
caroline.huston@ihg.com
+1(770) 604-2495


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