November 13, 2008 // Franchising.com // Atlanta - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announced that the Crowne Plaza Newark Airport has opened, after undergoing a $10 million renovation and conversion from Four Points by Sheraton.
"We're seeing a rise in airport hotel developments, with nearly 20 airport properties in the current Crowne Plaza Americas portfolio and another three in the pipeline," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Management, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, the Americas. "This hotel's location at the entrance to one of the most visited cities in the world provides us with the unique opportunity to grow our brand recognition among travelers coming from all around the globe."
Newark Liberty International Airport is the tenth busiest airport in the United States and the nation's fifth busiest international gateway. More than 36 million passengers passed through the airport in 2007. Located in Elizabeth, N.J., the hotel is 15 miles west of Manhattan and two miles north of Staten Island, near major roadways including the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.
Amenities at the 11-story 260-room Crowne Plaza include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, business center and complimentary airport shuttle service.
The hotel features the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage, 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 program 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 Daily Meetings Debrief. The hotel has 6,000 square feet of flexible upscale meeting space for business functions or special events.
"We invested $10 million to bring this property up to Crowne Plaza brand standards, and we're pleased with the end result," said David Dobrowski, member, Newark Four Port, LLC. "The brand's focus on providing a good night's sleep and first-rate meetings services allows us to offer quality accommodations and meetings facilities just a short distance from New York City."
The Crowne Plaza is located at 901 Spring St., Elizabeth, N.J., 07201.
The Crowne Plaza Newark Airport is owned and managed by Newark Four Port, LLC, 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 40 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 more than 4,100 hotels worldwide.
Crowne Plaza was recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry's top growing brands. As part of the IHG global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has more than 300 hotels in nearly 60 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.
Caroline Sanfilippo, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Caroline.Sanfilippo@ihg.com, 770-604-2495
Monica Smith, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Monica.Smith@ihg.com, 770-604-5562
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 4,100 hotels and more than 600,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with 40 million members worldwide.
IHG has more than 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 200,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.
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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