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15 July, 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s largest hotel companies, has announced the signing of four more Holiday Inn® hotels in the UK: Holiday Inn® Cardiff - North M4 Jct.32, Holiday Inn® London - West, Holiday Inn® London - Heathrow T5 and Holiday Inn® Birmingham North - Cannock.

The first to open will be Holiday Inn® Cardiff - North M4 Jct.32 - opening in just a few weeks’ time. The 95-room rebranded property will be operated by Kew Green Hotels, a long standing operating partner of IHG. The hotel will feature fantastic leisure facilities including a pool, spa, sauna and gym, as well as a bar and restaurant, board room, four meeting rooms and a newly designed lobby. Located just over three miles from Cardiff City Centre at Jct.32, the hotel has excellent road and motorway access.

Set to open this August is Holiday Inn London - West, a 225-room property including 75 new rooms and 150 refurbished rooms, which will operate under a franchise agreement with first time IHG owner Mango Hotels. The hotel offers stunning executive rooms, a number of meeting rooms, a rooftop open air terrace, as well as a fitness studio boasting fantastic views and a completely renovated ground floor with Open Lobby, restaurant and coffee bar.  Conveniently situated on Western Avenue half way between Heathrow International Airport and central London, the hotel is set to benefit from its great location and the businesses nearby including the BBC and Park Royal Business Park, as well as entertainment venues Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena.

Also opening this summer is Holiday Inn London - Heathrow T5. The converted 119-room hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with existing owner partner Arora Hotels Ltd. Ideally located to the west of the M25 Motorway with easy access to Heathrow Airport Terminal 5; the hotel is well placed to receive transit, crew and corporate clientele.

Holiday Inn Birmingham North – Cannock opening in early 2015 will operate under a franchise agreement with existing owner partner Nine Hospitality Ltd. The property will be rebranded from an existing hotel into a Holiday Inn featuring 95-rooms, large meeting and conference facilities and a sky bar on the top floor of the hotel offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. Located close to the M6 Motorway, the hotel has excellent transport links to Birmingham City Centre and Birmingham International Airport.

Philip Lassman, Director of Development, UK & Ireland, IHG said: “Holiday Inn is one of the most iconic hotel brands in the world and its commitment to innovation makes it as relevant today as when it was founded more than 60 years ago.”

Paul Johnson, CEO of Kew Green Hotels which manages the Holiday Inn Cardiff – North M4 Jct.32 said: “Holiday Inn is the strongest mid-market brand in the UK and we are delighted to add this newly renovated hotel to our existing portfolio of 25 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels.  We look forward to continuing to grow our business with IHG through further management contracts and acquisitions.”

Bassel Saad, Owner of Mango Hotels and Holiday Inn London – West said: “We are very pleased to be rebranding our property as a Holiday Inn.  This is our first of hopefully many franchises with IHG and we are excited to bring this hotel into the IHG family.  Given the quality of the hotel, the team we have in place and the support from IHG, this venture is going to be a very successful one.”

Surinder Arora, Owner of Arora Hotels Ltd and Holiday Inn London – Heathrow T5 said: “We’re thrilled to be expanding our portfolio with IHG after signing InterContinental London – The O2 last year. This Holiday Inn hotel is the perfect place for those traveling with families or for airline crew and business travellers needing to stay nearby to the airport.”

Vivek Chadha, Owner of Nine Hospitality Ltd and Holiday Inn Birmingham North – Cannock said: “We’re delighted to be developing our second IHG hotel which will open shortly after our first - Holiday Inn London Watford Junction. Holiday Inn has a leading reputation in the hotel industry and I’m confident our hotel will be a shining example of the brand.”

IHG’s broader family of nine brands in nearly 100 countries and territories meets the needs of guests, whatever the occasion – whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  All IHG hotels participate in IHG’s guest loyalty programme, IHG® Rewards Club which is the industry’s first and largest guest loyalty programme with nearly 79 million members. It is free to join at www.ihgrewardsclub.com

The Holiday Inn brand family is the largest in the hospitality industry, with nearly 3,500 hotels globally. There are currently 278 Holiday Inn hotels in Europe and 36 in the development pipeline*.

*Figures as at 31st March 2014

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

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

IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty program with nearly 79 million members worldwide. The program was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet across all hotels, globally.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,700 hotels and 688,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories, with more than 1,100 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.

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

Contact: For UK/European Media Enquiries: Laura Baker

laura.baker@ihg.com / +44 (0)1895512820

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