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16 June, 2011

Candlewood Suites Avondale - New Orleans Opens as First Midscale Extended-Stay Hotel in Westbank Area

Hotel is Just Minutes from Downtown New Orleans and Airport

ATLANTA - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced today the opening of the Candlewood Suites Avondale-New Orleans, located in a suburban setting just a short ride from downtown New Orleans, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The first midscale extended-stay hotel in the Westbank New Orleans area, the 83-room, three-story Candlewood Suites Avondale-New Orleans offers business and leisure travelers all the comforts of home in a brand-new hotel.

"We're very pleased to welcome the Candlewood Suites Avondale-New Orleans to our swiftly growing family of midscale extended-stay hotels," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Americas Brand Management, IHG.  "The amenities that a Candlewood Suites offers, such as full kitchens, comfortable living areas and free laundry and housekeeping services, will appeal to guests whether they're visiting for business or leisure." 

The new hotel, which features a comfortable residential look and environmentally friendly amenities, is the seventh Candlewood Suites in Louisiana and the second in the vibrant New Orleans area.

"We are excited to be opening a new Candlewood Suites hotel at a location that is ideal for both business and leisure guests," said General Manager Carmen Walsh. "We're also pleased to be part of Candlewood Suites' expansion into the resilient New Orleans market."

In addition to being just 12 miles from downtown New Orleans - with its famous French Quarter and vibrant nightlife - the hotel located at 3079 Highway 90 is just two miles from the historic Huey P. Long Bridge and the Avondale Shipyard. It is conveniently located near several area businesses including Northrup Grumman, Union Pacific, BNSF, Monsato Chemical Supply and the Waterford 3 Nuclear Plant. It is also a short ride from the Belle Chase Naval Base. Guests can take advantage of nearby attractions such as the TPC Golf Course - home to the Zurich Classic - local swamp tours, Bayou Segnette State Park and Boomtown Casino.

Guests at the new Candlewood Suites Avondale-New Orleans can enjoy the brand's just-like-home amenities. The hotel features a business center, pet-walking trail and a gazebo with a barbecue grill. The hotel also includes complimentary high-speed Internet access, free local phone calls, free on-site guest laundry and a 24-hour fitness center. Guests can enjoy the convenience of the Candlewood Cupboard®, where a variety of beverages, breakfast items, snacks, frozen entrees and sundries are available for purchase on the honor system at any time. Additionally, guests can visit the free Lending Library, where movies and music are available for use in guestrooms, which all feature a DVD and CD player.

Candlewood Suites hotels feature a combination of studio and one-bedroom suite floor plans with a full kitchen, comfortable recliner, large workspace with desk chair and overhead lighting. Candlewood Suites hotels also offer the brand's Comforts of HomeTM Bedding Collection with upgraded mattresses and box spring sets, mattress topper, fluffy duvet inserts and poly-cotton covers matching the hotel's color scheme, 250-thread count micro-check sateen sheets in "Candlelight", triple sheeting, contemporary cotton estate blankets, choice of three upgraded pillow types in firm, medium and feather and a decorative "Consider Us Home" pillow.

The Candlewood Suites Avondale-New Orleans is owned by VJH Hospitality LLC and managed by Hajari Hospitality Management under a licensing agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.

Candlewood Suites participate in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards, the industry's first and largest guest loyalty program with 58 million members.  Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG's more than 4,400 hotels worldwide.

About Candlewood Suites Hotels
Candlewood Suites is focused on comfort, space and value.  At more than 290 properties located throughout North America guests find spacious studio and one-bedroom suites, each with their own fully equipped kitchen, large workspace, comfortable recliner, DVD and CD player and complimentary high-speed Internet access.  The complimentary fitness center and guest laundry are open around the clock, and the Candlewood Cupboard® is open 24 hours for snacks, refreshments, entrées and other necessities on the honor system.  Candlewood Suites hotels offer guests all of this at a very comfortable price.

All hotels offer the brand's Comforts of HomeTM Bedding Collection with upgraded mattresses and box spring sets, mattress topper, fluffy duvet inserts and poly-cotton covers matching the hotel's color scheme, 250-thread count micro-check sateen sheets in "Candlelight", triple sheeting, contemporary cotton estate blankets, choice of three upgraded pillow types in firm, medium and feather and a decorative "Consider Us Home" pillow.

www.candlewoodsuites.com

Media Contacts:
Sherry Telford, Candlewood Suites, sherry.telford@ihg.com, +1(770) 604-2613
Caroline Sanfilippo, Candlewood Suites, caroline.sanfilippo@ihg.com, +1(770) 604-2495

Notes to Editors:

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global company operating seven well-known hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.  IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with 58 million members worldwide.

IHG is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms and IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, a portfolio of over 4,400 hotels and more than 652,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world.

IHG has more than 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline and expects to recruit around 160,000 people worldwide 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.

IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at http://www.ihg.com/ and information for the Priority Club Rewards program at http://www.priorityclub.com/. For our latest news visit www.ihg.com/media, Twitter www.twitter.com/ihgplc or YouTube http://www.youtube.com/ihgplc

 

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