IHG Signs Crowne Plaza Lyon - Cité Internationale

September 10, 2013 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) one of the world's largest hotel companies, is delighted to announce the signing of the Crowne Plaza hotel in Lyon, France: Crowne Plaza Lyon – Cité Internationale.

Due to open in quarter one 2014, the 164-room property will undergo a rapid rebranding from an existing hotel under a franchise agreement with Societe des Cinq Soeurs Pochettino (SCSP).

The hotel will be located within the 'Cité Internationale', one of the most popular business sites in Lyon and home to 15,000m2 of offices and its own convention centre, Palais des Congrès. Situated on the banks of the Rh?ne River and overlooking the Tête d'Or Park, Crowne Plaza Lyon – Cité Internationale will offer stunning views of the park and surrounding area. It will also be connected to the major road network and the tram line that links to Part-Dieu Train Station, providing easy access to the city centre, the Paris-Marseille high-speed railway and nearby airports.

The hotel will offer a full-service restaurant and bar, and guests will be able to enjoy a variety of quality menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additionally, the hotel will of course offer the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage® programme, so that guests can enjoy the benefits of signature bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet zones and aromatherapy.

Brice Marguet, Director of Development, France and North Africa said: “Crowne Plaza Lyon – Cité Internationale is a significant signing for us in France. Lyon is a key city in France and an important European business hub. We're delighted to be working with SCSP to create a hotel that will provide great guest experiences and quality business services, with a particular expertise around meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.”

Philippe Imberton, owner of SCSP, said: “We're very pleased to be partnering with IHG for the first time. The hotel will be equipped with modern facilities and friendly service staff to position Crowne Plaza Lyon – Cité Internationale as the number one stay for business clientele travelling to Lyon,”

The Crowne Plaza brand global portfolio has doubled since 2003 to nearly 400 hotels, with a further 97 in the pipeline due to open in the next three to five years*.

* Figures as at 30thJune 2013

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo® Hotels, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express® Hotels, Staybridge Suites® Hotels, Candlewood Suites® Hotels, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts.

IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 74 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet for Elites across all hotels, globally.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and 678,000 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.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg orwww.youtube.com/ihgplc.

SOURCE IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

Media Contacts:

For UK Media
Laura Baker
+44 (0) 1895512820
laura.baker@ihg.com

For French Media
Jade Crozet
+33 (0)1 41 05 44 70
jade.crozet@hkstrategies.com

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