New Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites Opens Adjacent to the Louis Armstrong International Airport

Hotel with 3,800 Square Feet of Meeting Space Close To Downtown New Orleans and French Quarter

April 25, 2013 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] announces the recent opening of the new Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites New Orleans Airport South, conveniently located adjacent to the Louis Armstrong International Airport and just minutes away from New Orleans businesses, restaurants and attractions.

Featuring a complimentary airport shuttle, the new Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is located just off Airline Drive, and a short distance from Interstate Highway 10, providing easy access to the surrounding areas of Kenner, Metairie and downtown New Orleans.

"Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers," said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, the Holiday Inn brand family, The Americas, IHG. "With more than 2,100 properties worldwide and over 450 more in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to provide our guests with an enhanced-stay experience at a great value. We are proud to welcome this hotel into the Holiday Inn family with the brand new sign and everything it represents.”

The Holiday Inn brand family’s $1 billion global brand relaunch, the largest project of its kind in hospitality history, continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The new hotel features a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

“We’re pleased to be joining the Holiday Inn brand family and to be able to provide visitors to the New Orleans area with outstanding service and a great value,” said General Manager Matt Markopoulos. “Holiday Inn Express is a new and fresh brand that we believe fits well with the needs of visitors to New Orleans, whether they are here for business or leisure.”

The new Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Orleans Airport South recently underwent a complete renovation, and boasts of a fresh new look throughout the 134-room, three-story hotel. Located at 110 James Drive E. Street in St. Rose, business travelers will enjoy proximity to offices of major corporations. The hotel is also less than a 30-minute drive from both Loyola and Tulane universities.

With 3,800 square feet of meeting space, and three separate rooms, the hotel can hold meetings of up to 200 participants. There is also a 24-business center and free wireless Internet access throughout, and guests can also enjoy a spacious and well-equipped fitness center and outdoor pool. For leisure travelers, the hotel is just a short drive from the nationally acclaimed Audubon Zoo, the Superdome, the New Orleans Aquarium, and of course, the outstanding music and restaurants of New Orleans’ French Quarter and downtown.

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites offers guests a comfortable, yet affordable, business or leisure stay with innovative, preferred-guest upgrades to ensure a pleasurable experience. The complimentary Express Start® breakfast bar features a full range of breakfast items, including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, yogurt, fruit, pancakes, the brand's proprietary cinnamon roll, and Smart Roast® coffee.

The SimplySmartTM shower incorporates a proprietary Stay SmartTM Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod, upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and a custom line of cinnamon-scented bath products. Guests will enjoy the SimplySmartTM bedding collection, where they will find crisp fresh bedding that features an attractive decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft, 200 thread-count sheets.

The hotel, owned by New Orleans Hotel Partners, and managed by Expotel Hospitality is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY or by going to IHG.com/HolidayInnExpress.

Holiday Inn Express hotels participate in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards, soon to be named IHG Rewards Club® this July, the industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program with 71 million members. Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at ihg.com/priorityclub, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG’s more than 4,600 hotels worldwide.

About Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travelers. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start® Breakfast Bar, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (US and Canada only). There are currently more than 2,100 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe. For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.hiexpress.com.

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with nine hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 71 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and more than 675,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate 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.

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.priorityclub.com for more on Priority Club Rewards. For our latest news, visit www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

SOURCE IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

Media Contacts:

Manjusha Sharma
IHG
manjusha.sharma@ihg.com
+1(770) 604-8781

Sarah-Ann Soffer
Holiday Inn Express® Hotels
sarahann.soffer@ihg.com
+1(770) 604-2707

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