IHG Opens Second Crowne Plaza® Hotel in Panama at Tocumen International Airport
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IHG Opens Second Crowne Plaza® Hotel in Panama at Tocumen International Airport

New property will increase brand presence in Central America

March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIAMI – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the opening of the Crowne Plaza® Panama Airport hotel. Strategically located near Tocumen International Airport and with a US $20 million investment by owner and operator Bern Hotels & Resorts, the new-build 144-room hotel is the first brand property in Latin America to be built less than a mile away from an airport. The hotel is a short drive away from the Metromall shopping center and the upscale neighborhood of Costa del Este. It is also located within 25 minutes from Panama City’s numerous tourist attractions, restaurants and financial district.

Gerardo Murray, Regional Vice President, Distribution and Commercial Marketing, Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean, IHG said: “Bern Hotels & Resorts owns four existing IHG properties in Panama, including the InterContinental® Miramar Panama, InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa, Crowne Plaza Panama and Holiday Inn® Panama Canal hotels, and we are thrilled to open a fifth hotel with this longstanding franchisee. Bern has an outstanding reputation for delivering quality projects in stellar locations, and we believe that the Crowne Plaza Panama Airport property will be a great success.”

With an innovative and modern design, the Crowne Plaza Panama Airport hotel offers a variety of unique services and amenities to cater to the on-the-go business traveler, including airport shuttle service, outdoor swimming pool, and 24-hour fitness and business centers. It also features the brand’s new “Always On” enhancements that are focused on connectivity, wellness and productivity with new technology offering single Internet sign-on, free and reliable Wi-Fi, and easy access to power outlets and charging cords. An Energy Essentials Wellness Station with healthy snacks and drinks coupled with the brand’s Sleep Advantage® program will help guests stay energized and balanced to perform at their best. The comprehensive Crowne Plaza meetings program, which includes a two-hour response guarantee to request for proposals, a dedicated meetings director and a daily meeting debrief will also complement the multifunctional meeting spaces available at the hotel.

Herman Bern, the owner of Bern Hotels & Resorts said: “It is a great accomplishment to open the Crowne Plaza Panama Airport hotel. IHG already has a vast portfolio of internationally recognized brands in Panama, and we look forward to continuing our growth and success with our longtime partner.”

The hotel has a wide selection of dining options at its two on-site restaurants. The Jetstream, located at the main lobby of the hotel serves delicious dishes, ranging from breakfast and lunch buffets to à la carte dinners in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. The Hub Bar & Grill is the perfect place to meet with colleagues and friends and enjoy cocktails and snacks after a long work day.

IHG continues to strengthen the Crowne Plaza estate in North America with more than 55 percent of the properties either newly opened or renovated in the last four years. The Crowne Plaza brand is the fourth largest upscale, full-service hotel brand in the world, and IHG is continuing the brand’s growth momentum through new signings in prime U.S. markets such as San Diego and with new openings in 2015 including the Crowne Plaza Memphis East, Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh West–Green Tree and Crowne Plaza Stamford. Also guests staying at Crowne Plaza hotels in Seattle, Los Angeles, Charlotte, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina can expect an enhanced experience following the significant renovations at these properties.

The Crowne Plaza brand is part of IHG’s diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories and 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. Crowne Plaza hotels participate in IHG’s hotel rewards program, IHG® Rewards Club. The industry’s first and largest hotel rewards program is free, and guests can enroll at www.IHGRewardsClub.com, by downloading the IHG® App, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s more than 4,800 hotels worldwide. Guests can also book an environmentally-friendly stay at any of our IHG Green Engage™ enrolled hotels.

About Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts

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 almost 100 hotels. At Crowne Plaza hotels, we help our guests feel energized and productive, and 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 1-877-2CROWNE. Connect with us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/crowneplaza or Facebook: www.Facebook.com/crowneplaza.

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN™ Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. In January 2015, IHG acquired Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the world's leading boutique hotel business.

IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 84 million members worldwide. The program was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet across all hotels, globally.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,800 hotels and more than 710,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with over 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline. Over 350,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices worldwide.

In January 2015 we completed the acquisition of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, adding 62 hotels (11,300 rooms) to our system size and 16 hotels to our development pipeline.

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.

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