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18 December, 2006

InterContinental Hotels Group relaunches Shinkobe Oriental Hotel as Crowne Plaza Kobe

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the addition of an upscale international property to its network of hotels in Japan. Kobe's well-established Shinkobe Oriental Hotel has been rebranded as the Crowne Plaza Kobe. The addition of this hotel to IHG's network comes shortly after the establishment of its joint venture with All Nippon Airways to form the IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan.

The 37-storey, 595-room hotel is Kobe's tallest building and a landmark in the city's Kitano and Sannomiya area. Features include 11 food and beverage outlets, four levels of Crowne Plaza Club floor accommodation and 23 meeting rooms of various sizes. The hotel is directly connected to the Shinkobe station and adjacent to the Express by Holiday Inn Shin Kobe, also part of the InterContinental Hotels Group portfolio.

"The launch of the Crowne Plaza brand into Kobe is a timely one and puts us in a strategic position to serve the diverse business needs of the multinational community in Kobe. Introducing our second hotel in Kobe, one of Japan's most important seaports, underscores our commitment towards further enhancing our network across the country," said A. Patrick Imbardelli, chief executive, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Pacific.

Panorama Hospitality president, Robert Wilson, said: "We look forward to working with InterContinental Hotels Groups and having access to their resources. We believe this conversion to Crowne Plaza will significantly enhance the recognition of this hotel and enable it to attract more visitors from around the world. We can now offer a new, international hotel experience for our guests in this attractive and fascinating city".

IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan, which commenced operations on 1 December 2006, is now the largest international hotel operator in Japan, the world's second largest hotel market. IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan now operates a combined estate of 43 hotels with over 12,500 rooms across the country.

For further press information, please contact:
InterContinental Hotels Group
Charles Yap, Manager, Brand Public Relations & Communications
Tel: +65 6395 6074
Fax: +65 6395 6122
Mobile: +65 9829 0310
Evonne Lee, Consultant, Clarion Consultants Pte Ltd
Tel: +65 6532 7532
Fax: +65 6532 5565
Mobile: +65 9179 2834

Notes to Editors:
About Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is the fastest growing hotel brand in the global upscale hotels segment, comprising a current portfolio of close to 260 hotels strategically located in over 40 countries around the world. Crowne Plaza properties offer business and leisure travellers high levels of comfort, service and amenities.

About InterContinental Hotels Group
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms.  InterContinental Hotels Group owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 3,650 hotels and 543,775 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel IndigoTM, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards, with over 28 million members worldwide.

Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region for InterContinental Hotels Group worldwide. The Group's portfolio in this region includes 165 hotels and over 46,000 guest rooms under the InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, and Express by Holiday Inn® brands.

InterContinental Hotels Group offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at

About Panorama Hospitality, K.K.
Panorama Hospitality, K.K. is a Tokyo based hotel asset management and operating company serving the Asia Pacific and Europe regions and is a unit of Morgan Stanley.


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