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IHG's Hotel Indigo Brand Expanding in Europe with Additions
of the 77-room Hotel Indigo Barcelona-Plaza Catalunya and
the 60-room Hotel Indigo Birmingham-Waterloo Street


September 21, 2012 - The roll out of InterContinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) boutique brand Hotel Indigo is gathering pace in Europe, with the company announcing the signing of the first Hotel Indigo for Barcelona and the second in Birmingham, UK.

IHG’s Chief Development Officer in Europe, Robert Shepherd, said 2012 has been a strong year for Hotel Indigo signings in the region.

“Since introducing the brand to Europe in 2009, we’ve opened nine hotels – seven in the United Kingdom and two in Germany. As well as signing the Hotel Indigo Barcelona-Plaza Catalunya and Hotel Indigo Birmingham Waterloo Street, this year we’ve also signed our first Hotel Indigo in Wales, the Hotel Indigo Cardiff; our third in Scotland, Hotel Indigo Edinburgh-Princes Street; our fourth in Germany, Hotel Indigo Dusseldorf Victoriaplatz; and our first Hotel Indigo property in Israel, a 92-room hotel, which will open in Tel Aviv next year.”

Robert Shepherd said the brand was proving popular with developers in Europe as the flexible approach to design for Hotel Indigo makes it ideal for conversion properties, which are easier to finance than new build properties, and can become operational sooner. Guests are attracted to the brand because it combines the individuality of a boutique hotel, with the reassurance and reliability of a big hotel company behind it.

Each Hotel Indigo property is uniquely designed to reflect the community, character and history of the surrounding area.

The 77 room Hotel Indigo Barcelona-Plaza Catalunya will be located in the centre of Barcelona, moments away from Paseo de Gracia, one of the city’s major shopping and business areas. The hotel will operate under a 22 year franchise agreement with Empresa Casa de Lenguas, S.L.

Hotel Indigo Birmingham-Waterloo Street will be located within the Colmore Business District, the commercial heart of Birmingham, encompassing the Colmore Row conservation area, home to some of the city’s most important landmark buildings. The 60 room hotel will be managed by Rustic Pine Developments Limited.

Every Hotel Indigo features a high quality bar and restaurant that is open to both guests and locals. All Hotel Indigo properties in Europe offer free wi-fi throughout the hotel as standard, as well as 24-hour room service and access to a 24-hour fitness centre.

There are nine Hotel Indigo hotels in Europe, with 11 in the pipeline*. Globally, there are 46 Hotel Indigo hotels and 52 in the development pipeline*, which will open in the next three to five years.

*Figures as at IHG Q2 results, 30 June 2012

InterContinental Hotels Group
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation 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, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 67 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,500 hotels and more than 666,000 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.

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IHG
Madeleine.Haden@ihg.com
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IHG Opens the 142-room Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport College Park in Georgia Owned and Managed by College Park Hotels / July 2012

IHG Signs First Hotel Indigo in Wales with the 92-room Hotel Indigo Queen Street Cardiff to be Managed by Sanguine Hospitality Ltd / May 2012

Hotel Indigo Opens Second San Diego, California Property with the 94-room Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar; Owned and Managed by Pacifica Host Hotels / April 2012

Rayadah Investment Company Partners with IHG to Open Two New Hotels in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; The 225-room Hotel Indigo Riyadh KAFD and the 218-room InterContinental Riyadh KAFD / March 2012

Hotel Indigo Debuts in Continental Europe with the 81-room Hotel Indigo Berlin Centre Hardenbergstrasse in Germany; Owned by Azure Properties / February 2012

Following a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation, the 41-room Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara Opens in California; Owned by Santa Barbara Beach House Hotel, LP and Managed by Courtland-Dane Management Group / February 2012

InterContinental Hotel Group Signs Deal to Launch the 119-room Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg Tchaikovskiy, the Brand's First in Russia / November 2011

InterContinental Hotels Group to Expand in Russia and the Commonweath of Independent States (CIS) with Plans for 100 Hotels by 2020 / September 2011

IHG Signs 54 Hotels in Europe Adding over 7,800 Rooms Across Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Indigo Brands / June 2011

InterContinental Hotel Group's Hotel Indigo Expansion Continues with 135-key New-Build Hotel Indigo Phuket Naithon Beach Resort in Phuket, Thailand / February 2011

InterContinental Hotel Group Opening its First Hotel Indigo® in Asia Pacific by end of 2010 at the Southern Tip of The Bund in Shanghai / December 2010

InterContinental Hotel Group Opening its First Hotel Indigo® in Asia Pacific in May 2010 at Shiliupu Dock at the Southern end of The Bund in Shanghai / January 2010

Real Estate Developer Tai Hung Fai Enterprise Co. Ltd, Building a 150-room Hotel Indigo in Hong Kong / September 2009
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