Crowne Plaza Hotel Opens in Jacksonville, Florida

Recently renovated property is largest full-service hotel near airport

January 13, 2010 // 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 Jacksonville Airport has opened after undergoing a recent renovation. The 317-room property is the larger of only two full-service hotels in the Jacksonville airport area.

"We are excited about the recent renovations that have taken place at our hotel," said Mark Kane, general manager, Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport. "These improvements, along with being the largest and newest hotel near the Jacksonville airport, will allow us to provide an upscale guest experience for both business and leisure travelers visiting the city."

The Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport has 315 guestrooms and 2 suites all well appointed with 37" flat-screen TVs, granite countertops, and many additional upgraded features. Guests have access to a variety of amenities including complimentary wi-fi in the guestrooms and public spaces, indoor/outdoor heated pool, fitness center, business center, same-day laundry and dry cleaning. The hotel has three dining offerings, including Rainforest Lounge, Savannah Bistro Restaurant, and Biscotti's Internet Café.

Consistent with the Crowne Plaza brand, the hotel features the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage®, 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 signature bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet zones, night lights, drape clips and amenities such as eye masks, ear plugs and lavender spray.

"This hotel offers exceptional meeting and banquet space to cater to guests visiting the property for small- to medium-sized events," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG. "The location of the hotel is convenient for business travelers arriving at the Jacksonville airport as well as leisure guests visiting nearby attractions."

The Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport is nearby a number of destinations including historic St. Augustine, Amelia Island and world-renowned golf courses and beaches. Guests departing on Carnival Cruise ships can also enjoy a short ride to the terminal.

The Crowne Plaza brand's comprehensive meetings program ensures a seamless planning process and an exceptional meeting experience consisting of three key components: a Two Hour Response Guarantee, Crowne Meetings Director and a Daily Meetings Debrief. The hotel has more than 8,000 square feet of flexible, upscale meeting space, which includes a 2,900 square foot ballroom.

The property, located at 14670 Duval Road, is owned and managed by MMI Hotel Group, Inc., and 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 47 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 nearly 4,700 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.

Notes to Editors:

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, nearly 4,400 hotels and over 640,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized 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 program, Priority Club® Rewards with 47 million members worldwide.

IHG has 1,500 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.

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