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Garth Solly Appointed as General Manager for the 212-room
Holiday Inn Cochin in Kerala, India

Kochi, May 9, 2011- IHG
(InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announced  the appointment of Mr. Garth Solly as the General Manager of Holiday Inn Cochin.

Garth will be responsible for overall operations management and will be leading the hotel’s 166 staff. Additionally, he will also be responsible for the strategic direction of the hotel, making important fiscal decisions and will work towards achieving customer satisfaction by creating a great hotel, guests love.

Prior to this appointment, Garth was the Manager of IHG’s five star InterContinental Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand. Having completed a decade of service with the IHG group, he was appointed this role after gaining further international experience as the Executive Assistant Manager of the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

Looking forward to his new role, Garth Solly, General Manager, Holiday Inn Cochin, said “Cochin is a place that is definitely refreshing and the potential for the city is endless. To be part of this rich Keralite culture as GM of Holiday Inn Cochin, is certainly a privilege and I look forward to providing a fresh new destination for everyday people to enjoy.”  Further commenting on his appointment, he added, “Meeting the demands of this growing economy and catering to the diverse requirements of a city like Cochin has me looking forward to the challenge of the new appointment.”

International brands have recognized the potential in the hospitality business in India with several market leaders looking towards expansion in this robust economy. Tourism is expected to double in the next few years and hospitality chains like IHG which cater to all market segments, including mid-market and everyday travellers are poised for success. While most international chains cater to business and leisure travellers in metro areas, Holiday Inn Cochin will bring the same experience to this emergent city as well.

The 212 room property is strategically located minutes from the central district, along the National Highway Bypass, making it accessible to both business and leisure travellers. Offering authentic Kerala flavours with local knowledge, the world class brand promises to be a fresh destination for everyday people.

About Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn offers today's business and leisure travellers dependability, friendly service and modern attractive facilities at excellent value. You'll find them throughout the world – in small towns and major cities, along quiet roadways and near bustling airports – because Holiday Inn hotels are always conveniently located. Since 1952 Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts have provided the services business travellers need, while also offering leisure travellers a comfortable, casual atmosphere where they can relax and enjoy amenities such as restaurants, room service, swimming pools, fitness centres and comfortable lounges.

About IHG
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms.  IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 4,400 hotels and more than 645,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world.  The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with 48 million members worldwide.

IHG has 1,400 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 140,000 jobs worldwide 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.

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Priscilla May D’Souza
Gutenberg Communications
+91 9663021035
Sandit Shah
Director of Sales and Marketing
Holiday Inn Cochin
+91 8129497432

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