Crowne Plaza Hotel Opens on Long Island, N.Y.

188-room conversion property flying Crowne Plaza flag near MacArthur Airport

December 22, 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 Long Island-MacArthur Airport has opened, after a conversion from Radisson.

"We're pleased to add another Crowne Plaza hotel to our existing portfolio of nearly 15 properties in the New York City metro area," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Management, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, the Americas. "We've recently opened properties at the Newark airport and in Edison, N.J., and our flagship hotel in Times Square just completed an $85 million renovation. The Long Island property is an exceptional location to grow our presence in one of the nation's top travel destinations."

Conveniently located in the heart of Long Island, the hotel is only minutes away from breathtaking beaches, wine country, museums, major businesses, shopping and attractions. Whether guests are headed east to the jet-setting Hamptons or west to the fabulous sights of Manhattan, the Crowne Plaza's immediate access to the Long Island Expressway makes getting there easy.

The MacArthur Airport is less than six miles from the hotel, and LaGuardia Airport and JFK International Airport are both a short drive away. Major companies such as Symbol Technologies, Brookhaven National Labs, Computer Associates and the Internal Revenue Service are only a short distance from the hotel. Robert Moses State Park and the historic community of Port Jefferson are both nearby.

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 5,500 square feet of flexible upscale meeting space for business functions or special events, including a 3,000 square foot ballroom.

Guests can enjoy their favorite sporting events at YOGI'S Grill & Sports Bar, open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This unique state-of-the-art concept restaurant offers nonstop sports and entertainment with 42" inch HD flat-screen televisions throughout, two eight-foot large screens and personal listening stations at each table.

The Crowne Plaza Long Island-MacArthur Airport is owned by Holtsville Hospitality, LLC, and managed by Om Hospitality, LLC, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.

"We're investing $7 million to bring this property up to Crowne Plaza brand standards, and we're looking forward to completing our renovation soon," said Ashok Pancholi, president, Om Hospitality, LLC. "We're excited to bring Crowne Plaza's meetings expertise and commitment to a good night's sleep to one of the most convenient locations in Long Island."

The Crowne Plaza Long Island-MacArthur Airport is located at 1730 North Ocean Ave., Holtsville, N.Y., 11742.

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.

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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