The Holiday Inn Resort® Brand Debuts in Grand Cayman

Beachfront resort in popular island destination will be 18th property in fast-growing Americas region portfolio.

June 12, 2013 // Franchising.com // MIAMI – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], one of the world’s largest hotel companies, today announces the latest addition to the growing global Holiday Inn Resort® brand portfolio with the opening of the Holiday Inn Resort® Grand Cayman hotel. The property has 117-rooms and a variety of beachfront amenities.

“We are thrilled to bring a Holiday Inn Resort hotel to one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean,” said Gerardo Murray, vice president, Marketing Strategic Services for Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean, IHG. “Adding this property to our Holiday Inn Resort brand portfolio is in alignment with our strategy to bring the brand to easily-accessed leisure destinations.”

The Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman hotel is located just 15 minutes from Owen Roberts International Airport, on the North Sound, and is in a convenient location near many of Grand Cayman’s most tourist attractions including Stingray City and Rum Point. Visitors can also access nearby Camana Bay and George Town via the resort’s shuttle service which provides guests complimentary transportation to anywhere within 5 minutes of the hotel.

“This new Holiday Inn Resort property will further bolster the strong presence of the Holiday Inn® Brand Family in the Caribbean while also enhancing the travel experience of our guests,” said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, Brand Management, the Americas, IHG. “Grand Cayman is a family-friendly vacation destination and a key location for the Holiday Inn Resort brand.”

Guests staying at the beautiful Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman beachfront property can choose between one of the resort’s well-appointed spacious guest rooms, or a suite that features a variety of breathtaking views of the shimmering waters of the North Sound. The suites also offer extra living space and amenities, such as a fully stocked gourmet kitchen, a living room, dining room and an en-suite laundry. The resort is also ideal for meetings or special events which can be hosted at the poolside covered patio, by the airy sandy beach with pavilion or in a traditional meeting room.

“The Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman brings the total number of countries in which IHG has a presence in Latin America and the Caribbean to twenty-one,” added Alvaro Diago, chief operating officer, Latin America and Caribbean, IHG. "We are confident that it will be extremely well received by our guests, who will appreciate our growing presence in this region.”

Additional amenities available for guests include a fitness center, tennis court, swimming pool, beach volleyball court, golf course, business center, wireless Internet, onsite dive shop, and complementary children’s activities. The resort also offers an array of aquatic activities including onsite jet ski, kayak and snorkeling rentals. Guests can indulge at the Blue Iguana Grill and Lounge featuring classic Caymanian cuisine and refreshing cocktails and beverages.

The Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman, owned by The Grand Caymanian Ltd., and managed by Crestline Hotels and Resorts is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. The Holiday Inn Resort brand participates 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 73 million members is free, and guests can enroll online at IHG.com/priorityclub, via phone or by inquiring at the front desk of any of the more than 4,600 hotels worldwide in the IHG system.

About the Holiday Inn Resort® brand

With 35 properties worldwide, the Holiday Inn Resort brand offers family fun and relaxation from a brand name guests know and trust. Located in some of the world’s leading resort destinations, each property makes the most of its great location and offers quality accommodations, facilities and activities, both at the resort and in the surrounding areas. Activity options range across the brand from swimming and snorkeling to hiking and skiing, so guests can be as active as they like or simply relax in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Guests enjoy amenities such as multiple restaurants, swimming pools, fitness centers as well as tailored services for children such as KidsSuites®, which are fun themed rooms for kids, and a Children’s Activity Program. All Holiday Inn Resort properties also offer nightly on-site entertainment from live bands and karaoke to comedy shows. For more information about the Holiday Inn Resort brand or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAYor visit www.holidayinnresorts.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 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.
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.

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