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Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts
Launches Internet Charity Auction for UNICEF.
Bids for Beds Mean Cash for Kids
Looking for a way to help children in need - and take an exciting weekend getaway in New York, Paris or even Dubai? Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts has just launched a unique Internet charity auction that will allow participants to raise money for UNICEF while they bid on one-night weekend stays at more than 200 Inter-Continental hotels throughout the world.

Beginning in January, visitors to Inter-Continental's web site at can bid on a stay at one of twenty locations, which will change approximately every two months. Bidding will start at $50, and Inter-Continental will donate all proceeds directly to UNICEF.

The highest bidder for each Inter-Continental weekend package will receive a spacious single or double guest room for one night, (additional nights can be purchased at the standard Weekend Options rate) including all taxes and service charges, plus mileage awards with one of  the hotel chain's participating airline partners.  In addition, the package features a choice of one of the following value-added Options:

     · Upgrade to a Club Inter-Continental Floor or junior suite;
     · Additional guest room at half-price;
     · Full American breakfast for two people daily, or
     · Double bonus miles with participating airlines.

To participate, bidders must register their e-mail address and secure credit card information on Inter-Continental's web site. They then raise the current bid by incremental amounts, and are automatically notified by e-mail of a higher bid, which they may choose to raise. The highest bidder at the end of the first two-month auction period, which ends on March 1, 1998, will receive the one night weekend stay, valid for up to 12 months. Accommodations are subject to availability and are valid for Friday, Saturday or Sunday only.  Credit card details are not used unless the bid is successful and all information is confidential and secure.

The first group of hotels available for on-line auction include the Hotel Inter-Continental New York, Hotel Inter-Continental Miami, Mark Hopkins Inter-Continental San Francisco, Hotel Inter-Continental Paris and the Hotel Inter-Continental Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

To register for the auction and for additional information, visit the Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts web site at, or call Inter-Continental's toll-free number at  (800) 327-0200.

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Melanie Baker
VP, Corporate Communications


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