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Trans Orient Establishment and IHG Open the 378-room
Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park in Qatar

A Debut for the Brand in Qatar


21 August, 2012 - Doha, Qatar
– Trans Orient Establishment and IHG celebrated the opening of Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park yesterday by welcoming its first guest, and hotel owner, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani. His Highness checked into the hotel after being welcomed at a ceremony attended by the hotel’s employees and representatives from the owning company and construction sub-contractor.

The hotel, the first in the region to launch under the new Crowne Plaza branding, is located in the heart of Doha’s banking district. Just two kilometres from Doha International Airport, it is part of the new Business Park area in Doha and features 378-rooms, including 288 hotel rooms and suites and 90 one to two bedroom resident suites.

Commenting on the opening H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani said “I’m delighted to be the first guest here at Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park. Our vision was to develop a hotel that would offer unparalleled meeting and conference facilities and exciting new restaurants for the booming Doha market. This hotel does exactly that and under IHG’s management we’re certain it will be a success.”

Crowne Plaza – The Business Park is set to appeal to international visitors and Qatari residents alike. With eight meeting rooms, and an executive boardroom all equipped with the latest in technologies allowing you to be video conferencing your meeting to the event centre and a variety of well-equipped facilities and ergonomically-designed beds promising a great night’s rest, the hotel is designed to meet both business and leisure travellers’ every need.

The hotel offers six food and beverage outlets: Rodizio, Brazilian Churrascaria ; Misturado, the Brazilian lounge; Aramede, a Mediterranean all-day dining restaurant; Savor, an elegant lounge; Liquidity, the lively pool-side lounge; as well as the refined Crowne Plaza Club Lounge. Guests can also enjoy a rooftop swimming pool, fitness centre and spa.

The hotel’s iconic glass-domed meeting venue, The Event Centre, is situated in the middle of the park complex and contains two state-of-the-art ballrooms. Ideal for large-scale conferences, the versatile and stylish ballrooms are set to become a top venue for weddings.

Owned by the Trans Orient Establishment, Crowne Plaza – The Business Park was signed in 2008 and began construction in mid-2009. The hotel team are led by General Manager Savino Leone.

“We congratulate Trans Orient Establishment on the opening of Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park. We’re very proud to manage this unique hotel, which is a fantastic example of the Crowne Plaza brand. The team here have work around the clock to ensure we are ready to welcome His Excellency as our first guest and we now look forward to welcoming many more guests to their new home in Doha,” said Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG.

IHG has 390 Crowne Plaza hotels across the globe with 22 in the Middle East and Africa specifically. The company has another 130 Crowne Plaza hotels in the development pipeline due to open over the next three to five years, seven of which will open in the region. For more information, visit www.crowneplaza.com.

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:

Seta Imasdounian
Assistant PR Manager
Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park
Mobile: +974 6682 4073
Office: +974 4408 7582
Email: seta.imasdounian@ihg.com

Emma Corcoran
Communications Director, India, Middle East & Africa
IHG
Office: + 971 4 213 6069
Email: emma.corcoran@ihg.com



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