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IHG and Alliance Hospitality Open the New 104-room
Holiday Inn Express in Columbus, Ohio


ATLANTA 8/25/11– IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms announced today that a new 104-room Holiday Inn Express in Columbus, Ohio has opened its doors.

The property will showcase the brand’s new sign, which is the seal of approval that this hotel exemplifies the standards of the $1 billion Holiday Inn brand relaunch program.  The Holiday Inn brand relaunch is the largest in the history of the hospitality industry, with more than 3,300 hotels around the world being updated - improving quality and driving consistency at Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels around the world.

Guests at the Holiday Inn Express-Polaris Parkway will experience a comfortable and smart environment with innovative preferred guest upgrades to ensure a productive stay while traveling for business or leisure. The hotel’s newly enhanced complimentary Express Start® breakfast bar will feature a full range of breakfast items including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, yogurt, fruit and the brand’s proprietary cinnamon roll and Smart Roast® coffee.  The SimplySmart™ shower incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart™ Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod, upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and a custom line of cinnamon-scented bath products.  Guests will enjoy the SimplySmart™ bedding collection where they will find new crisp fresh bedding which features an attractive decorative throw and a medium-weight duvet blanket.

“Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG. “With more than 2,000 properties worldwide and more than 600 properties in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to expand in markets like Polaris Parkway in Columbus, Ohio providing our guests with an enhanced stay experience at a great value.  We welcome this hotel into the Holiday Inn family with the brand new sign and everything it represents.”

The new 7-story property offers a variety of amenities such as a 6000 square foot state of the art water recreation area with 29’ spiral water slide, lazy river, Jacuzzi and kiddy area with frog slide and splash zone; 2 Olympic-sized lap lanes; Fitness Center; 24-hour business center, 650 square foot meeting room, and Convenience Shop.

Standard Holiday Inn Express guest rooms feature comfortable queen or king-sized beds, 42” Flat Panel Televisions, Microwave, Refrigerator, in-room coffee maker featuring complimentary Smart Roast 100% Arabica coffee.  Suites include the same as standard rooms along with a sitting area with mini-kitchenette and pull out sofa-beds.  Business travelers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs, free high-speed wired & wireless Internet access and complimentary USA TODAY® newspapers.

The property is within walking distance to several corporations, restaurants and shopping, and minutes from Polaris Fashion Place.  The Ohio State University and The Columbus Zoo are also a short drive from the hotel.

Holiday Inn Express participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards.  The industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program has 48-million members.  Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by visiting or by calling 1-888-211-9874.

The Holiday Inn Express-Polaris Parkway is owned and managed by Alliance Hospitality, Inc., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group and is located at 8670 Orion Place, Columbus, Ohio 43240. Telephone: 614-781-6100; Facsimile: 614-781-0700.

About Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express is the modern hotel for value-oriented travelers.  Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers.  Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start® Breakfast Bar, free high-speed internet access and free local phone calls (US only).  There are currently more than 2,000 Holiday Inn Express locations around the globe.  For more information about Holiday Inn Express or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit

About Alliance Hospitality, Inc.

Alliance Hospitality, Inc. (AHI), based in Columbus, Ohio and was founded in 1984, is a privately held hotel management and real estate investment company with a portfolio of 15 hotels and over 1700 guest rooms.  AHI has built a well-defined mission and vision for its success, providing each hotel with a sense of purpose and direction in regard to guest satisfaction, associate satisfaction, transparency, profitability, and accountability.

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 recognized 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 program, 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.

IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at and information for the Priority Club Rewards program at For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at

Betsy Kinnear
Alliance Hospitality, Inc.

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