First new-built Holiday Inn opens in Pattaya, Thailand

October 02, 2009 // Franchising.com // Bangkok - The first new-built Holiday Inn hotel opens today in Pattaya, Thailand. The 367-room property, which features the new look-and-feel, service and quality facilities of the new Holiday Inn brand, is located along the popular Beach Road in North Pattaya. All guest rooms and suites offer sweeping views of the Pattaya Bay, featuring spacious ocean-facing balconies and full wireless internet access.

In addition, the hotel is only a 90-minute drive from the Suvarnabhumi Airport and a 120-minute drive from central Bangkok, making it an ideal location for both business and leisure travellers.

"Pattaya is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Thailand, and to open a hotel that features all elements of the refreshed Holiday Inn brand here is a great opportunity for us to showcase what the new Holiday Inn has to offer. Holiday Inn Pattaya is also the first new-built Holiday Inn in Thailand, which is an important milestone for IHG," says Jan Smits, Managing Director, IHG Asia Australasia.

Holiday Inn Pattaya offers extensive meetings and recreational facilities, including a fully-equipped gym, three outdoor infinity pools and a wide range of spa treatments at the Tea Tree Spa. With five food & beverage outlets including a retro-cuban lounge and a modern Italian restaurant in an idyllic location overlooking Pattaya Bay, guests can be assured of quality dining options at their convenience. Holiday Inn Pattaya is also an ideal hotel for families travelling with children, featuring the "Kids Eat Free" offer, special suites for children, a kid's pool and a Kid's Club that offers exciting games and activities for the hotel's young guests.

"Holiday Inn Pattaya has raised the standards of accommodation in this vibrant city to a great level of style and comfort. With its relaxed ambience, first-class amenities and service and ideal location, Holiday Inn Pattaya is a product that we are proud to stand behind," said Kasama Punyagupta, President & CEO of the hotel's owning company, the Erawan Group.

IHG currently operates eight hotels in Thailand under the InterContinental and Holiday Inn brands and has another resort opening soon in Hua Hin.

About IHG

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 4,300 hotels and almost 630,000 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 44 million members worldwide.

IHG has nearly 1,600 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 140,000 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.

About Holiday Inn Relaunch

Holiday Inn is in the midst of the biggest relaunch in hospitality history creating a more contemporary brand image including a new logo, and driving consistency in all 3,296 Holiday Inn brand family hotels around the world. With over 1,000 hotels already relaunched worldwide, the completion of the relaunch of the global estate is expected to be completed in 2010.

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