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IAHI, the Owners’ Association of InterContinental
 Hotels Group, Joins Travel Business
 Roundtable (TBR)


ATLANTA (March 14, 2005) – The IAHI, the international association of InterContinental Hotels Group owners and operators, today announced its membership in the Travel Business Roundtable, recognized as one of the leading voices of the travel and tourism industry on government policy in Washington.
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The IAHI’s nearly 2,700 members worldwide franchise and operate InterContinental Hotels Group hotels, whose well-known brands include InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, and Hotel Indigo.

“The IAHI represents a prestigious and important group of hospitality professionals who have been working to positively affect legislation on a national level for 50 years,” said Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman of the Travel Business Roundtable.  “We welcome their input and knowledge.”

Established in 1995 to continue the momentum of the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism, the Travel Business Roundtable’s mission is to educate elected officials about the important economic and social contributions of the travel and tourism industry.

TBR’s membership is comprised of more than 80 CEOs and senior executives from leading travel-related businesses that represent the industry’s broad scope.  Among these are leaders from major hotel chains, airlines, car rental and theme park companies, travel management agencies, and such entities as The Coca-Cola Company, USA Today, the National Football League and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

IAHI President Cam C. Cooper will serve as The Association’s representative to the Travel Business Roundtable. Stevan D. Porter, President, Americas, for InterContinental Hotels Group, serves on the TBR Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to become a part of this highly productive organization working to help ensure that our diverse hospitality industry speaks with a unified and powerful voice,” said David V. Shamoian, IAHI Chairman. “Our Association looks forward to becoming an active member, and Cam will represent us well in that endeavor.”

“Having both InterContinental Hotels Group and the IAHI as members of the Travel Business Roundtable helps strengthen our visibility, presence and voice,” Porter said. “Together we can work with TBR to extend our reach and influence with Capitol Hill policymakers as well as state and local government officials.”

The IAHI is the voice of its member franchisees, both within the hotel industry and in working together with InterContinental Hotels Group to improve hotel profitability, exchange ideas and best practices, and maintain the highest professional hospitality standards for its brands.

Brenda Thielbar 
Ann Wilson
Also See: The Owners’ Association of InterContinental Hotels Group Presents First Kemmons Wilson Service Award to George Glover, Chairman and CEO of BayStar Hotel Group, Tampa, Florida / January 2005

Intercontinental Hotels Group Franchise Owners Association to Hold 64 Regional Franchise Meetings; Pricing Strategy, Best Practices Top the Agenda / April 2004

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