March 05, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIAMI – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the signing of a new-build Holiday Inn Express® hotel in Belem, Brazil. Slated to open mid-2016, the 128-room property will be located between the Nazaré and Umazairal neighborhoods, in a very well-known area near downtown Belem. The new property will be IHG’s third property in the city, joining the Crowne Plaza® Belem hotel and Holiday Inn Express® Belem Ananindeua hotel. IHG has 17 hotels open and nine hotels in the development pipeline in Brazil.
The Holiday Inn Express Belem Nazaré hotel is in close proximity to two shopping malls and the city’s best restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Nearby tourist attractions include the Mangal das Garças, a natural reserve with native Amazonian plant and animal species, and “Estação das Docas,” which was created from the restoration of the Old Port of Belem and now boasts 18,000 square meters of urbanized area on the waterfront promenade with various restaurants and stores.
“As the capital and largest city in the state of Pará, Belem continues to generate great demand for internationally branded hotels,” said Alvaro Diago, chief operating officer, Latin America and the Caribbean, IHG. “We are very pleased to be an integral part of this thriving city’s evolution.”
The hotel offers guests a comfortable, yet affordable stay with innovative, preferred guest upgrades to ensure a pleasurable experience with amenities that include a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a business center, 1,500 square feet of meeting spaces and complimentary parking. Business travelers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs and free local and toll free phone calls with voicemail access.
“IHG’s franchise model and the high profile of the Holiday Inn Express brand made this an attractive deal for us,” said Mr. Marcio Bellesi, the owner of MB Capital Group. "We believe in the immediate success of our project and look forward to continuing our relationship with IHG.”
Guestrooms will feature contemporary styling, a 32-inch HD LED TV, comfortable twin, queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine. The complimentary Express Start™ breakfast bar features a full range of breakfast items, including regional and local dishes, a rotation of egg and meat selections, breads, yogurt, juices, fruit, pastries, cereals and coffee.
The hotel is owned and managed by Price Investimentos e Participações Ltda., a company of MB Capital Group, and is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. The Holiday Inn Express brand 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 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. Guests can also book a green hotel stay at any of our IHG Green Engage enrolled hotels.
Holiday Inn Express® hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travelers. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start™ Breakfast Bar with new healthier offerings, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (US and Canada only). There are currently more than 2,350 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe. For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to book reservations, visit www.ihg.com/hiexpress. Find us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/hiexpress or Facebook www.Facebook.com/holidayinnexpress.
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN™ Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. In January 2015, IHG acquired Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the world's leading boutique hotel business.
IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 84 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 4,800 hotels and more than 710,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with over 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline. Over 350,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices worldwide.
In January 2015 we completed the acquisition of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, adding 62 hotels (11,300 rooms) to our system size and 16 hotels to our development pipeline.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
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Holiday Inn Express® hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travelers. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers.