IHG Grows the Holiday Inn Brand® in New York City

Hotel on Staten Island Convenient for Both Business and Leisure Travelers

November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of the Holiday Inn® Staten Island hotel. With over 50 IHG-branded hotels open in the New York metropolitan area and nearly 15 additional hotels in the pipeline, this five-story, 105-room property is expected to generate nearly 20 jobs on Staten Island.

"We are thrilled to welcome this property to the Holiday Inn Portfolio of Brands," said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, Americas Core Brands & Brand Operations. "The Holiday Inn Staten Island hotel is one of more than 1,200 properties worldwide representing the new face of a brand that is redefining guest comfort and convenience, and Staten Island is a market where we believe this new Holiday Inn hotel will thrive."

This addition to IHG's New York City hotels is just a short distance from prominent area attractions such as the Staten Island Zoo, the Staten Island Museum and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. Guests will also enjoy the hotel's complimentary shuttle service to the Staten Island Ferry. The hotel is slated to be a preferred hotel of the Staten Island Yankees team, which plays at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

The Holiday Inn brand was conceived as a way to bring the joy of travel to families in a fun, affordable and comfortable way. The brand's innovative approach changed the way millions of people travel and ended up bringing the whole world together. Now, over 62 years later, the brand continues to evolve to meet the demands of today's traveler. That's why IHG invested in the $1 billion Holiday Inn global brand relaunch, the largest in hospitality history. The relaunch continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio, and new hotels feature a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guest room and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

"We are delighted to grow the Holiday Inn brand on Staten Island", said Brian McSherry, chief operating officer of M&R Hotel Management, which operates the hotel. "New York City is a strong market for business and leisure travel, and we are confident that our guests will enjoy the amenities that they have come to know and expect from the Holiday Inn brand."

The hotel's restaurant – Lillies – serves breakfast and dinner and also offers the Holiday Inn Best-4-Breakfastâ menu, with signature items such as Rainforest Alliance™ Certified coffee, Cinnamon Supreme French Toast™ and Skillet Inspirations™. Kids 12 and younger eat free at Holiday Inn hotels when ordering from the kids' menu in the hotel restaurant and accompanied by a dining adult. Room Service Right … On Time™, also a standard at all Holiday Inn hotels, ensures that guests' room service orders are accurate and delivered on time, every time. The hotel includes flexible event space that can accommodate up to 30 people.

The hotel design creates a familiar atmosphere that is warm and comfortable. Guest beds are made using crisp, white bedding with pillows that come in two comfort levels: "soft" and "firm." The bathrooms include a multifunctional showerhead as well as a signature shower curtain with curved rod and Bath & Body Works® amenities. Guest rooms feature comfortable double, queen or king-sized beds and modern décor. In addition, each room has a sitting area with a lounge chair, hairdryer, micro fridge, coffee maker, iron and ironing board. The guest rooms include business-focused necessities such as an ergonomic workstation, free high-speed wireless Internet and complimentary USA TODAY® newspapers.

The Holiday Inn Staten Island, owned and managed by M&R Hotel Management, is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. The company also owns and manages the nearby Holiday Inn Express® Staten Island West hotel. The Holiday Inn brand is part of IHG's diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories, and 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. The Holiday Inn Portfolio of Brands participates in IHG's hotel rewards program, IHG® Rewards Club. The industry's first and largest hotel rewards program is free, and guests can enroll at IHGRewardsClub.com, by downloading the IHG® App, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG's more than 4,700 hotels worldwide.

About the Holiday Inn® brand

With 1,149 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, and Kids Stay and Eat Free programs, 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, visit www.holidayinn.com or call 1-888-HOLIDAY. Find us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/holidayinn or Facebook www.Facebook.com/holidayinnhotels.

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

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

IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 82 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 697,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with almost 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline.

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.

SOURCE IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

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