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The 224-room Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County Opens in California
Completing the Conversion of the Former Hotel Hanford

The Hotel is Owned by Westport Capital Partners and Urban Common LLC
and Operated by Brighton Management


December 10, 2012 - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] today announces the opening of the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County, following a conversion from an independent brand, The Hotel Hanford. A 224-room property in the heart of Orange County, the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa is located adjacent to famed shopping destination South Coast Plaza, and in close proximity to John Wayne Airport, Disneyland®, iconic beaches, golf courses, museums and sports arenas. Businesses near the hotel include Deloitte & Touche, IBM®, Experian™ and Oracle®.

“We’re pleased to bring this Crowne Plaza hotel to the heart of Costa Mesa, especially in such a convenient location for 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 hotel can provide."

“Because we’re in such a vibrant and exciting location, our hotel serves as a hub for both business and leisure travelers, international and domestic,” said General Manager Charles Haber. “We are proud to offer all of our guests first-class service, thoughtful amenities, and ample meeting space taken to the next level with a comprehensive meetings program.”

The Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County features contemporary design touches by CRDS, Inc., that reflect a stylish and relaxed Southern California vibe. For meetings and events, the hotel has 9,000 square feet of meeting space and nearly 20 different venue options, including both indoor and outdoor spaces, and can cater to almost any event style or size. The hotel offers a signature comprehensive meetings program that ensures a seamless planning process and an exceptional meeting experience consisting of three key components: a Two-Hour Response Guarantee, a Crowne Meetings Director and a Daily Meetings Debrief.

The Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County boasts 224 guestrooms, including six suites. Guests can take advantage of a variety of amenities, including complimentary high-speed Internet access, in-room dining, rainwater showers and ample parking. Additionally, the hotel has hired a new Executive Chef, Ruben Gonzalez, and will be undergoing a restaurant concept and menu change in the upcoming months.

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 Costa Mesa Orange County is independently owned by Westport Capital Partners and Urban Common LLC and operated by Brighton Management under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. To make a reservation, call 1-877-2-CROWNE or go to www.crowneplaza.com.

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards; the industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program has 69 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 nearly 4,500 hotels worldwide.

About Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts

As part of the IHG global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is a dynamic hotel brand located in nearly 60 countries around the world in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. As the fourth largest upscale hotel brand in the world, the Crowne Plaza brand was recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry's top-growing brands, and travel buyers rated the Crowne Plaza brand as the top upscale/select-service brand in Business Travel News' 2011 U.S. Hotel Chain survey. Truly international, Crowne Plaza hotels offer premium accommodation, designed for the discerning business and leisure traveler who appreciates simplified elegance combined with the practicality of the latest features, as well as value for money. At Crowne Plaza hotels, guests can enjoy a 24-hour business service, wireless high speed Internet access in the lobby plus fitness and leisure facilities. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit www.crowneplaza.com or call 1-800-2CROWNE. Twitter: www.twitter.com/crowneplaza or Facebook: www.Facebook.com/crowneplaza.

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®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 69 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,500 hotels and more than 672,000 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:

Manjusha Sharma
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
manjusha.sharma@ihg.com
770-604-8781

Caroline Huston
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
caroline.huston@ihg.com
770-604-2495

Jen Beyor
BLINK LA
jen@blinklosangeles.com
213-864-9134



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