IHG® Drives More Growth for the Holiday Inn Brand in the UK

April 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies continues to build momentum in the UK with the world's most recognised hotel brand - Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts. Today IHG's owner partner Dominvs Group begins construction on Holiday Inn® Manchester - City Centre. Dominvs Group has also entered into a franchise agreement with IHG for its first Holiday Inn hotel in Scotland, Holiday Inn Dumfries.

Upon completion, Holiday Inn Manchester – City Centre will be a 306-room property located in the heart of Manchester, close to Manchester Piccadilly train station. Thanks to its prime location, the hotel is set to benefit from a healthy mix of leisure clientele attending local cultural and sporting events and corporate travellers frequenting the city centre.

The franchised hotel, due to open in 2016, will feature meeting and conference facilities as well as the brand's signature Open Lobby. The Holiday Inn Open Lobby takes a unique approach to the in-hotel experience for guests, which has transformed the traditional hotel lobby format by combining the front desk, lobby, restaurant, bar, lounge area and business centre into one open, cohesive space, while refreshing the design to give it a more contemporary feel. The concept has been established by understanding how people use space at home in order to give guests the most flexibility, whether they're looking to eat, relax, work, or have fun in one integrated space.

Meanwhile an existing hotel in Dumfries, Scotland, will be converted to the 71-room Holiday Inn® Dumfries and is due to open this spring. It will be the first Holiday Inn in Dumfries and its central location near Easterbrook Hall and Conference Centre coupled with its excellent conference facilities will help support rising demand from business travellers.

Robert Shepherd, Chief Development Officer Europe, IHG said: "The Holiday Inn brand has been around for more than 60 years but its commitment to innovation and comfort means it remains relevant for our owners and our guests. We're delighted to be developing more hotels with Dominvs Group, and growing our presence in the UK still further."

Preetpal Ahluwalia, Hospitality Director of Dominvs Group: "Only a matter of weeks ago we opened our Holiday Inn Darlington - North A1M Jct.59 and already, we have two additional hotel projects underway with IHG. The Holiday Inn brand was most certainly the right choice for us and will continue to be the right choice for our guests nationwide. We eagerly await the opening our first Holiday Inn hotel in Scotland."

Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts has been leading the way for over 60 years – from being the first hotel brand to let 'Kids Stay Free' to being the first hotel Olympic Partner to help run the Athletes' Village at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Holiday Inn is the largest global hotel brand with the largest global pipeline of 263 hotels.

IHG's broader family of nine brands in nearly 100 countries and territories meets the needs of guests, whatever the occasion – whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a once-in-a-lifetime experience. All IHG hotels participate in IHG's guest loyalty programme, IHG® Rewards Club which is the industry's first and largest guest loyalty programme with 77 million members. It is free to join at IHGRewardsClub.com.

For more information please visit: www.ihg.com

* Figures as at 31st December 2013.

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation 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 programme with over 77 million members worldwide. The programme 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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