June 10, 2013 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], one of the world’s largest hotel companies, announces the opening of the Crowne Plaza® Charlotte Executive Park hotel. Formerly a Marriott hotel, the property will undergo a significant multi-million dollar renovation funded by MAM-Charlotte Hotel, LLC. With upgrades to all guest rooms and common areas, the hotel will offer an enhanced guest experience to travelers in the Charlotte area.
Located at 5700 Westpark Dr. and just off Interstate 77, the 18-story hotel offers business travelers access to various corporate offices and nearby attractions. This Crowne Plaza Charlotte hotel is close to major sporting venues, including the Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, and the Charlotte International Speedway. Leisure travelers will also enjoy the nearby 398-acre Carowinds Amusement Park.
“We’re pleased to bring this Crowne Plaza hotel to Charlotte and to the region’s fast-growing economy, especially given the proximity to the international airport,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Americas Brand Management, Upscale Brands, IHG. “Business travelers visiting Charlotte will find that the hotel offers the amenities and services they need to have a productive stay."
The hotel has 297 guestrooms, including three junior suites. Guests can take advantage of a variety of amenities, including an indoor pool and outdoor pool, outdoor dining terrace and bar, a fully equipped business center and a cutting edge fitness center. Approximately 15,000 square feet of meeting space is available, including 18 meeting rooms and a ballroom.
“We’re incredibly excited to join the Crowne Plaza brand family given the progress that’s already been made with the brand’s global repositioning,” said Bill Bennett, general manager. “Our hotel is a strong fit for the area’s growing demand for an upscale hotel close to the airport and the business area.”
The hotel is equipped with a full-service restaurant and bar serving American cuisine with signature dishes. Guests can enjoy a variety of quality menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with numerous options available for late-night room service. Additionally, the hotel features the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage® program, which 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 and aromatherapy.
The Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park hotel is one of several Crowne Plaza properties expected to open throughout the U.S. this year, including Detroit, New York City, Stamford, Conn., Lansing, Mich., Baltimore, and Long Island. The brand has seen growth in top U.S. markets with the 2012 openings of the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County and the Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria hotels. With a quality global pipeline of nearly 100 hotels, the Crowne Plaza estate currently has more than 380 hotels worldwide.
The Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park hotel participates in IHG Green Engage – IHG’s proprietary online sustainability tool. This unique program enables the hotel to identify means to conserve resources, increase energy savings and ably respond to any future increases in energy prices or carbon taxes. The hotel, owned by MAM-Charlotte Hotel, LLC, and managed by Atlanta based McGlashan Hospitality is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. To make a reservation, call 1-877-2-CROWNE or go to IHG.com/crowneplaza.
The Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards, soon to be named IHG® Rewards Club this July. The industry’s fast-growing guest loyalty program with 73 million members 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 nearly 4,600 hotels worldwide.
Part of the IHG global portfolio, the Crowne Plaza ® Hotels & Resorts brand is a dynamic upscale hotel brand located in nearly 65 countries around the world in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. As the fourth largest upscale full-service hotel brand in the world and one of the fastest growing, the Crowne Plaza brand has a solid foundation for future growth. The portfolio has doubled since 2003 to nearly 400 hotels, and the global pipeline has increased fourfold to nearly 100 hotels. At Crowne Plaza hotels, we help our guests feel energized and productive, with 24-hour business services, wireless high speed Internet access in the lobby, and fitness and leisure facilities. Our Sleep Advantage ® program ensures our guests get a great night’s sleep to power through their day. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit www.ihg.com/crowneplaza or call 1-800-2CROWNE. Connect with us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/crowneplaza or Facebook: www.Facebook.com/crowneplaza.
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 73 million members worldwide. The program will be renamed and relaunched as IHG Rewards Club in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and more than 674,000 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.
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