IHG Congratulates Pyeongchang On Its Successful Olympic Bid

InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort, Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang, and Holiday Inn & Suites Alpensia Pyeongchang welcome the 2018 Winter Olympics

July 27, 2011 // Franchising.com // Singapore - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) salutes Pyeongchang, Korea, for being voted the Host City of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Says Mr Clarence Tan, COO, Japan and Korea, IHG, "Pyeongchang's triumph is great news. This will be Korea's first Winter Olympics after hosting the memorable 1988 Olympic Games. Korea has a great track record for hosting major international sporting events and this will be another big milestone for the nation which also hosted the successful FIFA World Cup in 2002. InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort, Holiday Inn Resorts Alpensia Pyeongchang and Holiday Inn & Suites Alpensia Pyeongchang are proud to be part of the close-knit Pyeongchang community and look forward to continuing on this Olympic journey together."

The three brand-defining hotels have a total of 871 rooms and are located in the purpose-built, alpine-style village of Alpensia, in the pristine Taebaek Mountain region of Pyeongchang county. The resort village offers world-class facilities that include a ski jump tower, a cross-country course, golf courses, a conference centre, shops and a Water Park developed by GDC (Gangwon-do Development Corporation). Alpensia is just two hours from Seoul and it is well served by public transport. Additional infrastructure has been planned to further support the host city and this includes a high speed railway that will halve the travelling time from Seoul to Pyeongchang, making Alpensia and our hotels even more accessible. As Korea's premier resort destination, Alpensia will provide a fitting backdrop for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Adds Mr Tan, "When the International Olympic Committee made its announcement on 6 July, the whole community and our teams in Korea and around the world celebrated. Our involvement in the project has also brought us closer to the leaders and stakeholders of Pyeongchang and GDC. Being part of the Winter Olympic Games will further strengthen our partnerships as we work together to ensure the success of the 2018 Olympics.

"At the same, all eyes are also on the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, for which Holiday Inn is the Official Hotel Provider. We will support our colleagues in Europe in every way we can and I am sure that there will be much that we can learn from the London experience."

Notes to Editors:

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global company operating seven well-known 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®. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme with 58 million members worldwide.

IHG is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms and IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, a portfolio of over 4,400 hotels and more than 652,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world.

IHG has more than 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline and expects to recruit around 160,000 people 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.

IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at http://www.ihg.com/ and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at http://www.priorityclub.com/. For our latest news visit www.ihg.com/media, Twitter www.twitter.com/ihgplc or YouTube http://www.youtube.com/ihgplc

About InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort

InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort is first and only international luxury hotel in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do. The resort's 238 rooms feature stylish interiors and offer breathtaking views of the hills and lake. Comprehensive amenities include a restaurant overlooking Alpensia, a sauna, a spa and a gym, as well as club lounges and meeting rooms for different types of events and gatherings. The InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort opened in 2010 and has been building a strong reputation as a top destination resort that successfully blends the high standards of the prestigious InterContinental brand with Alpensia's world-class sporting and entertainment attractions, which include golf courses, ski slopes and a Water Park.

About Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang

Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang opened in 2010, together with InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort. With a direct link to the Alpensia Convention Centre, Korea's top conference facility, which has the capacity to accommodate 2,500 guests, Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang is the top choice for business travellers and their families. Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang has a 214-room hotel complex offering dramatic views, luxurious spas, as well as traditional Korean-style rooms designed for families with children.

About Holiday Inn & Suites Alpensia Pyeongchang

The condominium-style Holiday Inn & Suites Alpensia Pyeongchang is a year-round vacation destination with 419 guest rooms, ranging from 73㎡ to 162㎡ in size, which are ideal for families and small groups. Located in idyllic Alpensia, Holiday Inn & Suites Alpensia Pyeongchang is a distinctive low-rise building built around a pedestrian walkway and it provides a picture-perfect setting, complete with the beautiful Daekwallyeong scenery in the background. Alpensia Resort is fast gaining a reputation for being a lively one-stop destination that delivers the total vacation experience, including shopping, culture and colourful festivals.

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