3 July, 2007
Priority Club® Rewards Expands Meeting Rewards® Offer
Priority Club Meeting Rewards® Now Available at all IHG brands in North America, including more than 2,800 Hotels in the U.S., Canada and Mexico
ATLANTA (July 3, 2007) - Recognizing that meeting planners face demanding executives and varying budgets, Priority Club® Rewards, the hotel loyalty program from IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], is providing more flexibility and options for point earning with the expansion of its successful Priority Club Meeting Rewards®program. Launched exclusively for IHG's Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts brand in 2006, Meeting Rewards is now available to event gurus hosting meetings at all IHG brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express® and at extended stay brands Staybridge® Suites and Candlewood Suites®.
Developed with planners in mind, Priority Club Meeting Rewards is a free program that not only provides rewards, but also alleviates the pressure of finding a venue and offers a budget-friendly solution for future events. After enrolling at www.priorityclub.com/meetingrewards, planners can submit an RFP online, providing IHG with a brief outline of their needs. In a few minutes, IHG's staff is on the case and finding a venue is off the member's "to-do" list. Access to helpful planning tips and insight via the program's Meeting and Event Guide is another highlight of IHG's meeting offerings.
Priority Club awards three points per dollar to planners booking just 10 guest rooms*. Up to 60,000 points can be earned with each meeting and then applied to Meeting Credits, an American Express® branded prepaid card ranging in value from $250 - $1,000, good toward future meetings or accommodations at any of IHG's more than 3,700 hotels and resorts worldwide. Similar to a traditional Priority Club Rewards membership, points can also be redeemed for airline miles, retail certificates, merchandise, professional sports auctions and more.
"I host roughly 11 meetings a year with Crowne Plaza and the point earning has been fantastic," said Minnesota-based executive and Priority Club Meeting Rewards Platinum Elite member Joel Vissia. "They are easy to earn and Priority Club has given me more redemption options and value," he continued.
Planners are also accelerated to Gold Elite status after booking just one meeting in a calendar year; Platinum Elite after two; and benefit from all of the flexible features of Priority Club Rewards, such as no point expiration, no blackout dates for free night stays and online account management 24/7.
To learn more about Priority Club Meeting Rewards or to begin piling up points, simply enroll free at www.priorityclub.com/meetingrewards, and revisit the Web site at www.priorityclub.com/meetingrequest or call 1-800-Meeting when ready to submit a meeting request..
With more than 33 million members, IHG's Priority Club Rewards is the first, largest and fastest-growing guest loyalty program in the hotel industry. Winner of the 19th Annual Freddie Awards hotel loyalty Program of the Year for the second consecutive year and named Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World two years running by Global Traveler magazine, Priority Club Rewards offers more sought-after benefits and the greatest ease of use of any hotel loyalty program. Enrollment in Priority Club Rewards is free. Guests can enroll by logging on at priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG's 3,700 hotels worldwide.
* Qualified meetings consist of 10 or more guest rooms within a group block occupied for at least one night. Crowne Plaza® and InterContinental® also require associated meeting-related food and beverage charges applied to the master bill. Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® require 10 or more guest rooms for at least five consecutive nights. Excluded meeting charges include any associated taxes, gratuities and service fees, any outside vendor/supplier charges and any attendee incidentals or other expenses.
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