IHG Opens Beachfront Holiday Inn Resort® on Georgia Coast

Location on Jekyll Island is first Holiday Inn Resort property in Georgia

March 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces the opening of the Holiday Inn Resort® Jekyll Island hotel. The resort recently underwent a $22 million transformation funded by the ownership. The Holiday Inn Resort® brand portfolio, currently at 42 properties worldwide, experienced growth in the U.S. with the opening of the Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach hotel and the signing of the Holiday Inn Resort-Pagosa Springs hotel in 2014.

“With locations around the world, the Holiday Inn brand plays an important role in the journeys of guests wherever they travel – from the boardroom to the beach,” said Maurice Cooper, Vice President, Holiday Inn® Brand, The Americas, IHG. “As part of that iconic brand family, the Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island, our first resort in Georgia, provides both the warm service and modern amenities our guests expect and an immersive experience in the Golden Isles, creating lasting memories and unforgettable family vacations.”

The three story property will have 157 guest rooms, including 21 suites. Guests can take advantage of complimentary Internet access, a quarter mile of private beach, a poolside lounge and access to numerous outdoor land- and sea-based activities including bike rentals, beach chair and umbrella rentals, paddle boarding and skim boarding. For families traveling with kids, the hotel offers a Kid’s Club with daily activities, and in the winter months, guests can enjoy the Snowbird Activities Program.

Located on scenic Jekyll Island, guests can enjoy local attractions including the Summer Waves Water Park, Jekyll Island Golf Course and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Additionally, travelers can dine at various on-site restaurants including the poolside Rusty Anchor Bar and Grille, NorthShore Coffee & Cocktails and, opening late summer 2015, Beach House, the hotel’s signature restaurant that serves locally sourced seafood and coastal fare.

“Jekyll Island vacationers will be thrilled with the transformation of this iconic beachfront retreat,” said Jason Smith, General Manager, Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island. “Though our new owners of the hotel went to great lengths to maintain the character of this quintessential family getaway, it has been modernized in every way. The fresh, inviting décor, renovated public spaces and massive overhaul of our grounds have given the facility a new lease on life.”

The Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island hotel is owned by Georgia Coast Holdings, LLC, and managed by NorthPointe Hospitality Management, LLC. The Holiday Inn Resort 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 Resort 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 4,800 hotels worldwide. Guests can also book an environmentally-friendly stay at any of our IHG Green Engage™ enrolled hotels.

About the Holiday Inn Resort® brand

With more than 42 properties worldwide, the Holiday Inn Resort® brand offers family fun and relaxation from a brand name guests know and trust. Located in many of the world’s leading resort destinations, each property makes the most of its great location and offers quality accommodations, facilities and activities. Guests enjoy amenities such as multiple food options, whether poolside or in a restaurant, swimming pools, fitness centers as well as tailored services for children such as KidSuite® Rooms, and a Children’s Activity Program. All Holiday Inn Resort properties also offer nightly on-site entertainment from live bands and karaoke to comedy shows. For more information about the Holiday Inn Resort brand or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.holidayinnresorts.com.

About NorthPointe Hospitality Management, LLC

NorthPointe Hospitality Management, LLC is a comprehensive, added value management company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Experts in managing all aspects of hotel operations from accounting to staffing, to food and beverage operations, NorthPointe Hospitality’s main focus is to ensure exceptional returns by deploying cutting edge techniques in financial management, guest service, quality assurance and employee retention. Its principals have a 30 year history in the hospitality business overseeing both full and select service hotels. http://www.northph.com

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

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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