InterContinental Hotels & Resorts had a successful night at the World Travel Awards 2009 - the most prestigious and sought after awards programme in the global travel and tourism industry, receiving awards for World's Leading Hotel Brand, World's Leading New Hotel, as well as 11 other leading hotel categories across different parts of the globe.
The coveted World's Leading New Hotel title went to InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Festival City, the group's first luxury residences in the UAE, specially designed to cater to the needs of extended stay guests. Opened in July 2009, the property offers 212 exceptionally stylish apartments encompassing studios as well as one, two and three bedroom suites. The property also has a Royal Suite penthouse with private spa treatment room and stunning panoramic creek views.
InterContinental Berchtesgaden Resort won two titles in its country category - Germany's Leading Resort and Germany's Leading Spa Resort. Blending harmoniously into its natural environs, InterContinental Berchtesgaden Resort lies 1,000 metres (3,281 feet) above sea level on Eckerbichl. Views of the Bavarian Alps stretch in every direction and features include the award-winning Mountain Spa, an outdoor infinity pool and Michelin-star rated Le Ciel restaurant.
Nearly 3000 travel companies were nominated in over 200 categories in the prestigious ceremony. Other InterContinental Hotels & Resorts award winners include:
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa - Australasia's Leading Spa Resort
InterContinental Prague - Czech Republic's Leading Hotel
InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel - Cyprus's Leading Golf Resort
InterContinental Hong Kong - Hong Kong's Leading Business Hotel
InterContinental Almaty - Kazakhstan's Leading Hotel
InterContinental Wellington - New Zealand's Leading Business Hotel
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam - Netherland's Leading Business Hotel
InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort - Panama's Leading Resort
InterContinental Warsaw - Poland's Leading Hotel
The World Travel Awards is now in its 16th year and is voted for by 167,000 travel tourism and hospitality professionals across the globe. Described by the Wall Street Journal as the 'Oscars' of the global travel and tourism industry, the awards are becoming instrumental in increasing international brand recognition and consumer loyalty. For more information on the World Travel Awards, visit www.worldtravelawards.com.
About InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has 162 hotels, located in more than 60 countries with local insight that comes from over 60 years of experience. At InterContinental we believe that superior, understated service and outstanding facilities are important, but what makes us truly different, is the genuine interest we show in our guests. Our desire is to help guests make the most of their time. We connect our well-travelled guests to what's special about a destination, by sharing our knowledge so they enjoy authentic experiences that will enrich their lives and broaden their outlook. For more information, visit www.intercontinental.com and www.intercontinentalvideo.com.
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, nearly 4,400 hotels and over 640,000 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 47 million members worldwide.
IHG has 1,500 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.