07 January 2016

IHG Continues Strong Growth of The Candlewood Suites® Brand

Two signings with Younes Hospitality demonstrate owner confidence in the brand 

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the signing of two new Candlewood Suites® hotels in Nebraska, U.S. with Younes Hospitality. Both hotels are owned by Paul and Linda Younes and will be the first Candlewood Suites hotels in their respective cities, Grand Island and Kearney.

Paul Younes began his career in the hospitality industry at a motel in Kearney, Neb., and is now President of Younes Hospitality, which currently owns and operates six IHG hotels in Nebraska across the Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express® brands. Younes Hospitality was named the winner of the Candlewood Suites Developer of the Year Award at IHG’s Annual Owners Conference.

Chris Drazba, Vice President, Development, The Americas, IHG said: “We are pleased to continue to grow the Candlewood Suites brand with a trusted owner like Younes Hospitality. We are confident that Paul Younes and his team will deliver the relaxed and home-like experience that the Candlewood Suites brand is known for.”

Both hotels will be new build developments with 88 suites, including 54 studio suites, 24 one-bedroom suites and 10 two-bedroom suites. The Candlewood Suites Grand Island hotel will be located on Allen Drive, near the St. Francis Medical Center and the Conestoga Mall. The Candlewood Suites Kearney hotel will be located on West Talmadge Street, close to the Younes Conference Center and the Viaero Event Center.

Paul Younes, President, Younes Hospitality, said: "We believe the unique extended stay amenities of the Candlewood Suites brand are a strong fit for these two markets. With convenient locations near budding educational and healthcare facilities, we expect to welcome many travelers from these industries staying for weeks or months at a time.”

Providing friendly, yet non-intrusive service, the Candlewood Suites brand offers independent guests room to be themselves. At the hotels, guests can expect to find spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and executive desks. The brand has unique offerings including the Candlewood Cupboard®, a 24-hour in-hotel convenience store which sells products including breakfast items, snacks, refreshments and easy to prepare meals, and the Lending Locker, where guests can borrow common household items to use during their stay.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-CANDLEWOOD or by going to IHG.com/Candlewood. The Candlewood Suites brand participates in IHG’s loyalty program, IHG® Rewards Club. The industry’s first and largest hotel rewards program is free, and guests can enroll at 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 4,900 hotels worldwide. The hotel also participates in IHG Green Engage® and offers unique programs to ensure sustainability.

About Candlewood Suites Hotels
Candlewood Suites® hotels provide a relaxed, casual and home-like experience for extended stay travelers. The brand has 333 properties located throughout North America with an additional 99 in the pipeline. At Candlewood Suites hotels, guests find spacious studio and one-bedroom suites each with its own fully equipped kitchen, executive desk, DVD player and recliner and/or sofa bed. The Candlewood Gym and free Guest Laundry are open around the clock, and guests can take advantage of the 24-hour Candlewood Cupboard®, where they will find breakfast items, snacks, refreshments, entrées and necessities available on the honor system.  Guests can borrow items they may need during their extended visit, including a desk fan, extra lighting, larger kitchen appliances and more, from the new Lending Locker. Candlewood Suites hotels offer guests all of this at a very comfortable price.

For more information about the brand or to book a reservation, visit http://www.ihg.com/candlewood/hotels/us/en/reservation or call 1-888-CANDLEWOOD. Find Candlewood Suites hotels on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/Candlewood or Facebook www.Facebook.com/CandlewoodSuites

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For further information please contact:

Lindsay Haynes
lindsay.haynes@ihg.com
+1 (770) 604 8686

About IHG®

IHG (InterContinental® Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & ResortsKimpton® Hotels & RestaurantsHUALUXE® Hotels and ResortsCrowne Plaza® Hotels & ResortsHotel Indigo®EVEN HotelsHoliday Inn® Hotels & ResortsHoliday Inn Express®Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 4,900 hotels and 727,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with more than 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with more than 90 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.

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