Mumbai, - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announced that one of its managed hotels in India, Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon, has won the Best Luxury/Upscale Hotel of the Year Award at the 5th Hotel Investment Conference for South Asia (HICSA).
The winners were decided by voting by all registered HICSA delegates at the first ever HICSA Hotels of the Year Awards 2009. The awards have been instituted to acknowledge outstanding new hotel developments in the last one year in the South Asian region. The awards were conferred for two main categories: Best Luxury/Upscale Hotel and Best Mid-Scale/Budget Hotel.
Receiving the award at HICSA 2009, Tony South, Chief Development Officer, IHG Asia Pacific, said, "It is an honour to receive this prestigious award. This is yet another feather in Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon's cap. With IHG hotel management, our business partners are assured of quality service delivery and brand standards to guests, especially important when establishing brands in new markets."
Hotels opened between mid 2007 and late 2008 in the South Asia region were eligible to participate. There were four finalists in the upscale/luxury segment and five finalists in the budget/mid market segment. An independent panel of six judges analysed all the nominees. Among criteria considered were guestroom layout and interior décor, general location of the property, variety of dining options, social responsibility, aesthetic appeal of the hotel, eco sensitive approach, public area facilities & in-room amenities, recognitions received, financial performance and others.
Other awards already won by Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon include:
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, more than 4,150 hotels and almost 620,000 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 42 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.