InterContinental Hotels Group, the world's largest and most global hotel company, today announced it opened 23 hotels in March and April 2004, an addition of more than 2,809 rooms across the Americas.
Another notable addition to IHG portfolio during this time period is the announcement of a seventh brand -- Hotel Indigo(TM). Hotel Indigo is a new lodging alternative for the traveler seeking a hotel experience, not just a hotel room. An industry first, Hotel Indigo is a lifestyle brand that delivers a refreshing, inclusive hotel experience in response to prevailing consumer trends. The first Hotel Indigo is scheduled to open in Atlanta, Ga., by the end of 2004 and will have approximately 140 rooms.
"IHG has a well established track record of industry innovation, and we're uniquely positioned to support new brand introductions to the market," said Steve Porter, president, the Americas, IHG. "The strength and scope of the IHG portfolio and our infrastructure, consisting of global reservations, global sales, technology and our Priority Club Rewards program, provide a strong foundation for the success of distinctive brand concepts like Hotel Indigo."
These 23 openings include:
Crowne Plaza opening its first property located in Virginia Beach, Va., with 149 rooms. This property just completed a $3.5 million renovation.
Three Holiday Inn hotels opening in London, Ontario, Canada, with 120 rooms; Chandler, Ariz., with 106 rooms and a 780 room property in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Holiday Inn Sao Paulo is IHG's largest property in Latin America, and the fifth largest Holiday Inn hotel in the world.
The opening of 17 Holiday Inn Express hotels located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with 56 rooms; Oceanside, Calif., with 58 rooms; Englewood, Colo., with 91 rooms; Atlanta, Ga., with 87 rooms; Danville, Ill., with 72 rooms; Marion, Ind., with 70 rooms; Salem, Mo., with 65 rooms; Archdale, N.C., with 71 rooms; Cooperstown, N.Y., with 74 rooms; Bowling Green, Ohio, with 73 rooms; York, Pa. with 132 rooms; Brookings, S.D., with 62 rooms; Commerce, Texas, with 59 rooms; Pharr, Texas, with 88 rooms; two properties in Salt Lake City, Utah, with 130 rooms each and Casper, Wyo. with 84 rooms.
One of the newest IHG brands Candlewood Suites, a mid priced extended-stay brand, opened two properties -- one located in Anaheim, Calif., with 152 rooms and the other located in St. Robert, Mo., with 100 rooms.
The success of IHG provides a solid foundation to drive brand value -- with some of the strongest, most recognized brands in the industry: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites and Hotel Indigo.