IHG® Announces a New Holiday Inn® Hotel has Opened in London, Ontario

Guest Rooms and Public Spaces Renovated in $5 Million Investment

December 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // LONDON, ONTARIO – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announced the opening of the new 143-room Holiday Inn® Hotel & Suites London following a $5 million renovation by its ownership. With the opening of this property there are now 59 Holiday Inn hotels in Canada with an additional seven in the pipeline. The ten-floor hotel is located just off Highway-401, near the Western Fair District, which hosts a variety of amenities including music venues, multiple restaurants, casino gaming, shopping and a sports centre. Golf enthusiasts can also enjoy the hotel's close proximity to some of the area's top golf courses such as Forest City National Golf Club, Sunningdale Golf & Country Club and Redtail Golf Club, which hosted Queen Elizabeth II during a recent visit to Canada.

Commenting on the opening of the hotel, Heather Balsley, senior vice president, Americas Core Brands & Brand Operations, IHG, said, "Growing the Holiday Inn brand in key Canadian cities is core to IHG's development strategy in Canada. We are delighted to bring the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites London to the city. The comfort, convenience and friendliness that the brand is recognized for worldwide will be greatly welcomed by both international and domestic travellers to the area."

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 traveller. 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.

Located at 855 Wellington Road South, the newest addition to IHG hotels in Ontario features complete renovations throughout the entire property and is packed with an array of on-site amenities including an indoor pool, 24-hour business center, 1,000 square feet of meeting space and onsite award winning restaurant Flavurs, famous for its smoked ribs. 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.

"We are pleased to be a part of the Holiday Inn brand portfolio and to be able to offer travellers an outstanding guest experience in the heart of the city," said Karrie Scherba, general manager. "We believe our new renovations will exceed our guests' expectations, while maintaining a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. We couldn't be more thrilled with the end result."

The hotel offers guests a comfortable, affordable stay with upgrades and amenities to ensure a pleasurable experience. All rooms include a refrigerator, microwave and 42" HD television. Business travellers can also take advantage of the large desks with ergonomic chairs.

The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites London, owned by Innvest Reit and managed by Westmont Hospitality, is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY or by going to IHG.com/HolidayInn. 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® Rewards Club. The industry's first and largest hotel rewards program is free, and guests can enroll at www.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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