IHG Opens First Holiday Inn Express® Hotel in Barranquilla, Colombia

New hotel is IHG’s first in the city of Barranquilla and 13th in Colombia

May 23, 2016 // Franchising.com // MIAMI – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announces its arrival in Barranquilla, Colombia, with the opening of the newly built 18-floor, 154-roomHoliday Inn Express® Barranquilla Buenavista hotel. IHG’s first Holiday Inn Express hotel in the city boasts an excellent location, in one of Barranquilla’s most exclusive areas, Buenavista. This property is IHG’s first in Barranquilla and will be joined later this year by the Crowne Plaza® Barranquilla property.

Gerardo Murray, Regional Vice President of Brands & Marketing, Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean, IHG said: “This particular neighborhood in Barranquilla, Buenavista, where the Holiday Inn Express property is situated, is thriving and offers both leisure and business travelers a perfect combination of activities to fulfill their needs and wants. We are thrilled to continue to grow the IHG portfolio in Colombia and offer travelers to this beautiful city the comfortable accommodations and efficient service of the Holiday Inn Express brand along with the opportunity to earn IHG® Rewards Club points when visiting the area.”

Barranquilla is situated on the northern coast of Colombia. From the city’s historical landmarks, skyscrapers overlooking the tropical lowlands, to the open-air shopping centers filled with upscale shops, the city is a booming metropolis. According to an analysis by BBVA Research completed in 2015, Barranquilla was one of the few Colombian cities to have an average economic growth rate of five percent, which motivated the nearly US$12 million investment by the hotel’s ownership company.

Owned by Grupo Contempo S.A.S. and managed by OXO Hoteles, the Holiday Inn Express Barranquilla Buenavista hotel is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. The property marks IHG’s fifth project with the ownership group.

The Holiday Inn Express Barranquilla Buenavista hotel offers guests a comfortable, yet affordable stay with innovative, preferred guest amenities to ensure a pleasant stay, including a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a business center, meeting spaces and complimentary parking. The complimentary Express Start™ breakfast bar features a full range of breakfast items, including regional and local dishes, a rotation of egg and meat selections, breads, yogurt, juices, fruit, pastries, cereals and coffee.

The Holiday Inn Express brand participates in IHG’shotel 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 5,000 hotels worldwide. The hotel also participates inIHG Green EngageTM and offers unique programs to ensure sustainability. Guests can also book an environmentally-friendly hotel stay at any of our IHG Green Engage enrolled hotels.

About the Holiday Inn Express® brand

Holiday Inn Express® hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travelers. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start™ breakfast bar with new healthier offerings, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (U.S. and Canada only). There are currently 2,438 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe. For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to book reservations, visit www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress. Find us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/hiexpress or Facebook www.Facebook.com/holidayinnexpress.

About IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group)

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

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,000 hotels and 742,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with nearly 1,400 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with nearly 94 million members worldwide.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.

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 and follow us on social media at: www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg and www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

SOURCE IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group)

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IHG
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