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The 506-key Crowne Plaza Madinah Opens in Saudi Arabia


Madinah, Saudi Arabia, 24 April 2013:
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the largest international hotel group in Saudi Arabia both by number of rooms and number of hotels, has opened Crowne Plaza Madinah today. The opening marks the first Crowne Plaza hotel in the Holy City.

Crowne Plaza Madinah is located in the centre of Madinah with 506 stylish rooms and suites on offer to guests, including 259 twin standard rooms and 49 king standard rooms. Just steps away is Masjid Nabawi, the second holiest site in Islam and one of the largest mosques in the world, making the hotel ideal for religious travellers.

The hotel is set to become a hub for events, meetings and conferences with state-of-the-art facilities at the disposal of corporate travellers. The hotel features a multi-functional business centre, five fully-equipped meeting rooms and free internet access throughout the hotel.

Crowne Plaza Madinah also presents a variety of cuisines to suit every palate. Al Rawdha, the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant, will feature delicacies from the Middle East, Indonesia and India, while Orchid Café will present a combination of traditional and international specialities. Gastronomic delights await diners at Fish Market, which treats guests to a spectacular seafood dining experience.

Mostafa Blanco, General Manager of Crowne Plaza Madinah, commented: "With the one of the best locations in the Holy City of Madinah, we are confident that Crowne Plaza Madinah is the perfect destination, not only for religious travellers, but also for business and leisure guests. Our ideal location, combined with fantastic facilities and the best service that the hospitality industry has to offer, means that we are offering guests the perfect package. We look forward to a busy opening.”

Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East and Africa for IHG, added: “We have a long history in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, having opened our first hotel in the country in 1975, and we’re proud of our commitment to the country. This will be our fourth Crowne Plaza in Saudi Arabia and we are confident that, like its sister hotels, it will enjoy resounding success.”

IHG is currently the largest international hotel company in Saudi Arabia, both by number of hotels (23) and by number of rooms (5,600). Crowne Plaza Madinah is the fourth IHG hotel in the Holy Cities of Madinah and Makkah, alongside three InterContinental hotels: InterContinental Dar Al Iman, InterContinental Dar Al Hijra and InterContinental Dar Al Tawhid.

About Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts

Part of the IHG global portfolio, the Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts brand is a dynamic upscale hotel brand located in nearly 65 countries around the world in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. As the fourth largest upscale full-service hotel brand in the world and one of the fastest growing, the Crowne Plaza brand has a solid foundation for future growth. The portfolio has doubled since 2003 to nearly 400 hotels, and the global pipeline has increased fourfold to nearly 100 hotels. At Crowne Plaza hotels, we help our guests feel energized and productive, with 24-hour business services, wireless high speed Internet access in the lobby, and fitness and leisure facilities. Our Sleep Advantage® program ensures our guests get a great night's sleep to power through their day. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit www.crowneplaza.com or call 1-800-2CROWNE. Connect with us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/crowneplaza or Facebook: www.Facebook.com/crowneplaza.

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®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 71 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and more than 675,000 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/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.
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