Candlewood Suites® Hotels Launch "Candlewood Canines" Facebook Contest

Pet-Friendly Brand Gives Pooch-Loving Fans a Chance to Win $10,000 Donation

September 3, 2013 - ATLANTA – Candlewood Suites®, one of IHG’s (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] brands catering to extended stay travelers, today announces its second annual “Candlewood Canines” Facebook contest. As a pet-friendly hotel brand, Candlewood Suites knows that travelers love their furry family members and appreciate taking them along on the road. In celebration of these canine companions, the “Candlewood Canines” contest honors our pet guests and the owners who love them.

“Our guests really consider us home when they are on the road,” said Robert Radomski, vice president, Brand Management, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. “For many, it takes having your pet with you to make a hotel suite more like home – and we encourage that. As a pet owner, I know that a good, long walk and a friendly greeting at the front door can make my day, and many of our guests feel that same way."

Through September 30, fans of the Candlewood Suites brand page on Facebook are invited to upload and caption an image of their dog or dogs to the “Candlewood Canines” application tab. One lucky winner, whose photo is selected as fan favorite through online voting, will win a $10,000 donation to an animal-focused nonprofit organization of their choice.

Contest participation is available to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. For full terms and conditions, visit the contest page. For more information about the “Candlewood Canines” contest, or to enter a pet photo, visit the Candlewood Suites brand on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CandlewoodSuites.

The Candlewood Suites brand is part of IHG, which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary as a global standalone hotel company this year. IHG’s broad family of nine brands in nearly 100 countries and territories, meets the needs of guests, whatever the occasion – whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Candlewood Suites brand also participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, IHG® Rewards Club. The industry’s fast-growing guest loyalty program with 74 million members is free, and guests can enroll by logging on at IHGRewardsClub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s nearly 4,600 hotels worldwide.

About Candlewood Suites® Hotels

Candlewood Suites® hotels are focused on comfort, space and value. The brand has more than 300 properties located throughout North America with an additional 83 in the pipeline. At Candlewood Suites hotels, guests find spacious studio and one-bedroom suites each with its own fully equipped kitchen, executive desk, DVD player, recliner or sofa bed and telephone with voice mail plus free local calls. The Candlewood Gym and free Guest Laundry are open around the clock, and guests can take advantage of the 24-hour Candlewood Cupboard®, where they will find breakfast items, snacks, refreshments, entrées and necessities available on the honor system. Guests can borrow items they may need during their extended visit, including a desk fan, extra lighting, larger kitchen appliances and more, from the new Lending Locker. Candlewood Suites hotels offer guests all of this at a very comfortable price.

In July 2013, the Candlewood Suites brand was named Best Midscale Hotel Brand in the Americas by the Market Metrix Hospitality Index (MMHI) for Q2 2013. For more information about the brand or to book a reservation, visit www.CandlewoodSuites.com or call 1-888-CANDLEWOOD. Find Candlewood Suites hotels on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/Candlewood or Facebook www.Facebook.com/CandlewoodSuites.

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization 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 program with over 74 million members worldwide. The program 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 or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

SOURCE IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 

Media Contact:

Jordan Worrall
Candlewood Suites®
jordan.worrall@ihg.com
(770) 604-5010

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