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Beth Stone Appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing at the 430-room
Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites MSP Airport – Mall of America
in Bloomington, Minnesota

Bloomington, MN., -- January 8, 2013
– Associated Hotels LLC and Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites MSP Airport – Mall of America (www.cpsuitesmsp.com) today announced that Beth Stone has been named Director of Sales & Marketing for the 430-room full service Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Mpls Airport – Mall of America.  Associated Hotels LLC, located in Chicago, IL, manages 15 hotels nationwide with the majority of their portfolio in the Midwest.

Stone’s extensive sales and marketing background is strong in the Minneapolis – Bloomington market.  She’s worked at Hotel Ivy and The Common’s Hotel in Minneapolis, the Hilton Bloomington, as well as with CSM Lodging.  “After being lured into the hospitality industry by a popular television show, I have grown a passion for building my team and gaining personal relationships with my clients.”

“Our search led us to Beth as the clear choice to lead our Sales and Marketing efforts due to her passion for hospitality and her strong background.  We’re all excited to see the contributions she’ll make to the hotel and the community,” said Anthony Spears, Area General Manager for Associated Hotels LLC.  “In the short time that she has been with us, Beth has demonstrated the ingenuity and dedication required to build ongoing relationships with our team and the community. We’re delighted to have her onboard.”
To contact Beth Stone, beth@cpsuitesmsp.com

About Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites MSP Airport – Mall of America
The Crowne Plaza Hotel and Suites in Bloomington is located minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. Offering 430 guest rooms and suites including complimentary WI-FI. Guest rooms have been upgraded with the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage Program and 37“ flat screen televisions. Guests can work out in the hotels 2,500 square foot fitness center with state of the art equipment by Precor, enjoy meals and refreshing beverages in Martel's Restaurant and Lounge or the convenience of a Caribou Coffee kiosk. The Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites offers 18,000 square feet of meeting space making it the "Place to Meet" in the Minneapolis/Bloomington Area.

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:

Tami Simmons
VP of Revenue & Ecommerce Strategies
Phone: 312-782-9445
Tami@associatedhotelsllc.com
www.associatedhotelsllc.com



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