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IHG Announces Its First Hotel In Belo Horizonte With Holiday Inn Brand Hotel

Property debuts with largest number of guestrooms in Savassi neighborhood.

Thursday, May 08, 2014
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InterContinental Hotels Group
InterContinental Hotels Group
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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], today announced the opening of the new Holiday Inn® Belo Horizonte Savassi hotel. Located in one of Brazil’s largest cities and also one of the host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, this opening marks IHG’s debut into Belo Horizonte.

“Belo Horizonte is a renowned business metropolis and industrial sector boasting an active cultural calendar of festivals, shows and museums,” said Alvaro Diago, chief operating officer, Latin America and the Caribbean, IHG. “The opening of our first Holiday Inn hotel here aligns with the region’s development strategy including growth in key economic hubs across Latin America and the Caribbean.”

IHG has strong roots in Brazil, having opened its very first hotel in Belem, Brazil in 1946. With 13 IHG hotels in Brazil alone, IHG has more than 200 hotels in Latin America, the Caribbean and Mexico. The new 16-floor hotel, owned by Patrimar Engenharia S.A. and managed by IHG, is strategically located in the charming neighborhood of Savassi. Savassi is known for its open mall concept design, with several restaurants, bars and nightlife and home to museums and other attractions on the city’s cultural circuit. The hotel is also located in close proximity to all main thoroughfares. Designed by world renowned architect FarKasVölgyi Arquitetura, the 216-room hotel boasts the largest number of guestrooms in the city and four meeting rooms are able to hold up to 130 total people.

“The opening of the Holiday Inn Belo Horizonte hotel builds on our roots and long standing presence in Brazil, and continues IHG’s commitment to developing hotels that offer all travelers a comfortable and quality stay during their time in any city,” said Gerardo Murray, regional vice-president, distribution and commercial marketing, Mexico, Latin America & Caribbean, IHG. “Located in one of the host cities for the upcoming World Cup, the Holiday Inn hotel is equipped with modern and attractive amenities sure to enhance our guests’ stay.”

The hotel is also home to a new modern restaurant – Drummond – featuring international contemporary cuisine along with famous local delicacies. The restaurant offers a bar, and an elegant and intimate lounge with outdoor seating. The new hotel is designed with the Holiday Inn brand family’s $1 billion global brand relaunch in mind; the largest project of its kind in hospitality history. The relaunch continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The hotel features a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

The hotel design creates a familiar atmosphere that is warm, trend forward and comfortable. Guest beds are made using crisp, white bedding with pillows that come in two comfort levels: soft and firm. Guest rooms include business-focused necessities such as ergonomic workstations and data ports. They also feature bathrooms with a multifunctional showerhead, as well as a signature shower curtain with curved rod, and Bath & Body Works White Citrus bath products. Additionally, each room features comfortable double, queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, hairdryer, coffee maker, iron and ironing board. The hotel features Room Service Right … On Time™, available at all Holiday Inn hotels, ensuring that guests’ room service orders are accurate and delivered on time, every time.

Holiday Inn hotels participate in IHG’s guest loyalty program, IHG® Rewards Club, the industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program with over 77 million members. IHG® Rewards Club is free to join and guests can enroll at ihgrewardsclub.com, by downloading the IHG® app, by calling 1-888-465-4329 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s more than 4,700 hotels worldwide. The scale and diversity of the IHG family of brands means that our hotels can meet our guests’ needs whatever the occasion.

About Holiday Inn® hotels
With over 1,200 hotels worldwide, the Holiday Inn® brand is the most widely recognized lodging brand in the world. In fact, the Holiday Inn brand was one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984. The Holiday Inn brand provides the services that business travelers need, while also offering a comfortable atmosphere where all people can relax and enjoy amenities such as restaurants and room service, swimming pools, fitness centers and comfortable lounges. The casual atmosphere and amenities such as meeting and on-site business facilities, Kids Eat Free and Kids Stay Free programs, and KidSuites rooms at every Holiday Inn Resort hotel demonstrates the long-standing commitment of the Holiday Inn brand to serving travelers and have helped to establish the brand as “America’s Favorite Hotel.” For more information about the Holiday Inn brand and Holiday Inn Resort brand, including IHG’s vacation resort brand Holiday Inn Club Vacations, or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.ihg.com/holidayinn. Find us on Twitter www.twitter.com/holidayinn or Facebook www.Facebook.com/holidayinnhotels.

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 and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts.

IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 77 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 687,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate 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.

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

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