IHG Announces Crowne Plaza Hotel Opening in Niagara Falls

Beautiful location to boast extensive meeting space and view of the falls

April 14, 2008 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], one of the world's largest hotel groups by number of rooms, announced today the historic Brock Plaza in Niagara Falls will join the Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts portfolio. The Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview will open later this month following an extensive renovation.

Located directly across from gorgeous Niagara Falls, the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel offers the official postcard view of the falls, distinctive venues, unique experiences and great service. The hotel's intimate options for smaller meeting groups and special occasions are complemented by a one-of-a-kind grand-scale meeting space accommodating up to 800 guests. Adjacent to the hotel is an additional 200,000 square feet of meeting space.

"Niagara Falls is a top-spot for both Canadian tourists and meeting planners," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Management, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, the Americas. "The breathtaking sites, local nightlife and gaming activities, as well as the proximity to beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, attract numerous people traveling for business and leisure, making this a great location for an upscale meetings-savvy brand like Crowne Plaza."

The new property is connected to Casino Niagara and just minutes from North America's premier wineries, golf courses, and steps from the Niagara Parklands. The Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview will boast on-site amenities such as an elegant indoor pool and a newly renovated exercise room with wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

The hotel will also feature the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage program, which is available at all Crowne Plaza hotels in the Americas. Sleep Advantage encompasses the entire sleep experience, from training staff on how to create and maintain a restful environment to providing innovative products and services. Program components include new bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet zones, night lights, drape clips, sleep CDs, sleep tips and amenities such as eye masks, ear plugs and lavender spray.

Also consistent with the Crowne Plaza brand, the hotel offers a comprehensive meetings package to ensure a seamless planning process and exceptional meeting experience consisting of three key components: a Two-Hour Response Guarantee, Crowne Meetings Director and a Meetings Daily Debrief. The historic Grand Ballroom and the elegant Fallsview Rainbow Dining Room and Salon will provide the perfect venue for guests to gather for business or leisure.

The hotel is owned and managed by Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc. under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts participates in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry's first and largest guest loyalty program has over 37 million members. Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG's almost 4,000 hotels worldwide.

Crowne Plaza was recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry's top growing brands. As part of the InterContinental Hotels Group global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has nearly 300 hotels in 52 countries, and are located in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit http://www.crowneplaza.com/ or call 1-800-2CROWNE.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is one of the world's largest hotel groups by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, almost 4,000 hotels and more than 585,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. IHG owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel Indigo®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with over 37 million members worldwide.

The company pioneered the travel industry's first collaborative response to environmental issues as founder of the International Hotels and Environment Initiative (IHEI). The IHEI formed the foundations of the Tourism Partnership launched by the International Business Leaders Forum in 2004, of which IHG is still a member today. The environment and local communities remain at the heart of IHG's global corporate responsibility focus.

IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at http://www.ihg.com/ and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at http://www.priorityclub.com/.

For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at www.ihg.com/media

InterContinental Hotels Group is a registered company. For more information go to: www.ihg.com/legal

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