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ATLANTA, Sept. 11, 2015 -- InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, and Chance Partners, today announce that a new-build Hotel Indigo® hotel has officially broken ground at Riverfront Village located in the heart of Downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown will join the new mixed-use community, Riverfront Village, along Tuscaloosa's Black Warrior River. The property will be Tuscaloosa's first riverfront hotel, the city's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified hotel and the state of Alabama's first Hotel Indigo hotel.

Joel Eisemann, Chief Development Officer, IHG, The Americas said: "We are delighted to bring the Hotel Indigo® brand to Tuscaloosa. We have grown Hotel Indigo significantly over the past three years, and with 62 hotels open and a further 64 in the pipeline, there is strong momentum for continued global growth. We look forward to the opening of the Hotel Indigo hotel in Tuscaloosa and welcoming guests to this great neighborhood."

Judd Bobilin, CEO and President of Chance Partners commented: "We are thrilled about the addition of the Hotel Indigo® Tuscaloosa Downtown to Riverfront Village and our partnership with the city. The local flavor and unique offer of the Hotel Indigo brand will fit perfectly with the walkable, mixed-use community we've developed in Downtown Tuscaloosa's Riverfront Entertainment District. With several new restaurants and storefronts also joining Riverfront Village soon, we know we'll be able to provide visitors to the area with many opportunities to experience the local scene."

The Hotel Indigo® Tuscaloosa Downtown hotel, expected to open in winter 2016, will be located at 120 Greensboro Avenue. The 91-room property will have approximately 1,000 square feet of executive meeting space, a fitness center, a business center and a 2,500 square foot outdoor terrace with breathtaking views of the Black Warrior River and the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.

Every Hotel Indigo property is uniquely designed to reflect the culture, character and history of its surrounding neighborhood. This Downtown Tuscaloosa location will have a unique neighborhood story that will be woven throughout the guest experience, from the seasonal and locally sourced food and drinks served in a stylish environment at the restaurant and rooftop deck and tapas bar, to the art, photography and architecture incorporated into the hotel's design. Guestrooms will feature plush bedding, hard-surface flooring with area rugs, and spa-inspired bathrooms. The hotel will feature the brand's Neighborhood Guide, an innovative touchscreen display that connects guests to each other, to local neighborhood mainstays, and to Hotel Indigo locations around the world. Hotel team members, many of whom are locals themselves, will share their favorite hidden gems with guests looking to explore and discover the neighborhood.

Walter Maddox, Mayor of Tuscaloosa added: "Downtown Tuscaloosa and our riverfront are emerging beyond what we envisioned 10 years ago when I took office and we dreamed big. The Hotel Indigo® brand has an uncompromising reputation which will enhance the Tuscaloosa experience for our guests and create synergy in our Central City."

Spearheaded by developer Chance Partners, the $60 million Riverfront Village is a 7.5-acre mixed-use development of 192 luxury apartments, more than 27,000-square-feet of retail space. With the addition of the Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown, Riverfront Village will offer a truly unparalleled and dynamic mixed-use community for residents, visitors and community stakeholders in Downtown Tuscaloosa.

The hotel is individually owned and franchised, and will be managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

In addition to this new development, the Hotel Indigo brand recently announced new properties signed in Los Angeles, California; Kansas City, Missouri; Denver, Colorado and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as two new international signings including Berlin, Germany and Bali, Indonesia.

The Hotel Indigo brand is part of IHG's diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories. The scale and diversity of the IHG family of brands means that its hotels can meet the guests' needs, whatever the occasion – whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Hotel Indigo hotels participate in IHG's guest loyalty program, IHG® Rewards Club. The industry's first and largest rewards program with over 88 million members is free and guests can enroll at IHGRewardsClub.com, by downloading the IHG® app, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG's more than 4,900 hotels worldwide. 

About the Hotel Indigo® brand

The Hotel Indigo® brand is a global boutique hotel brand that delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local community. From the locally inspired murals to the renewal program where the music, scent, and menu items change throughout the year, each Hotel Indigo hotel delivers a vibrant, engaging and genuine boutique experience that gives guests the confidence to step out and explore the local neighborhood. Each Hotel Indigo property is unique and designed to reflect the local culture, character and geography of the surrounding area while brand hallmarks ensure consistent and reliable service from location to location. No two hotels are the same. There are 62 Hotel Indigo hotels open around the globe, with a quality global pipeline of 64 hotels set to open within the next three to five years.  For more information or to make a reservation, visit http://www.hotelindigo.com.

About Chance Partners, LLC

The full master planned development is spearheaded by Chance Partners, a fully-integrated real estate firm specializing in the development of high-quality urban mixed-use communities with a focus on walkable downtowns and college towns across the south, including  Athens and Savannah, Ga., Oxford, Miss., and Tallahassee, Fla. Visit www.chance-partners.com for more information. 

About Riverfront Village

Riverfront Village is a dynamic mixed-use project located adjacent to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama, less than one mile from the University of Alabama. The 7.5-acre development along the Black Warrior River encompasses four buildings, featuring the Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa, 192 luxury apartments and more than 27,000 square feet of neighborhood retail space. Riverfront Village offers a compelling pedestrian-friendly live, work, play environment connecting downtown to the Riverfront Entertainment District.  Visit www.riverfrontvillage.com for information on the apartments and visit www.shopsatriverfrontvillage.com for information on the retail.

About IHG

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) (LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)) is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN™ Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 4,900 hotels and 724,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with almost 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline. 

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally.

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information 

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