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 By Early 2005 High-Speed Internet Access Will be
Standard Feature Across InterContinental Hotels
Five Brands in North America

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January 26, 2004 - InterContinental Hotels Group today announced that high-speed Internet access will be standard and available at 2,500 InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in North America by early 2005.

"Working closely with our hotels to make high-speed Internet access a standard across our brands is an important step to delivering the high quality experience that our guests deserve," said Tom Seddon, SVP, Americas Brand Performance. "More often when people travel they use their hotel room as an extension of their office environment and expect this type of technology to be available so they can travel and work comfortably."

High speed Internet access has always been a brand standard and available at Staybridge Suites hotels since the brand's launch in 1998. Crowne Plaza is expected to install high speed Internet access by the end of 2004, as well as Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, where it will be free to guests. InterContinental Hotels and Resorts will complete worldwide installation by end of Q1 2005.

"While approximately 30 - 50 percent of the hotels in our system (North America) already offer high speed, by making this amenity standard, guests will know that they'll have the necessary connectivity to help them work easier at any of our hotels," said Seddon.

InterContinental Hotels and Resorts

  • By end of Q1 2005, all InterContinental hotels globally are to offer high-speed access in all guestrooms, as well as wireless in the lobby and other primary public areas. Pricing will be determined at the individual hotel level.
Crowne Plaza
  • By the end of 2004, all Crowne Plaza hotels in North America are to offer the following. Pricing will be determined at the hotel level.
  • Either 100% of guestrooms to offer wireless or 1/3 of guestrooms to offer wired hi-speed.
  • Wireless in common areas.
  • Wired or wireless available in every meeting room, with at least one meeting room to be wired.
Holiday Inn
  • By the end of 2004, all of the more than 1000 Holiday Inn hotels in North America are to offer free high speed Internet access in all guestrooms and in some public and meeting areas.
Holiday Inn Express
  • By the end of 2004, all of the more than 1200 Holiday Inn Express hotels in North America are to offer free high speed Internet access in all guestrooms and in some public and meeting areas.
Staybridge Suites

High-speed Internet access has always been available in all guestrooms, meeting rooms and public areas at Staybridge Suites hotels in North America since the brand's launch in 1998. Staybridge Suites currently has 72 properties nationwide.

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InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, more than 3,400 hotels and 530,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world ( http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/ ). The Group owns a portfolio of well-recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental(R), Crowne Plaza(R), Holiday Inn (R), Holiday Inn Express(R), Staybridge Suites(R), and Candlewood Suites(R), and also has a controlling interest in Britvic, the second largest soft drinks manufacturer in the UK.

 
Contact:
Carolyn Hergert
InterContinental Hotels Group
+1-770-604-8248
carolyn.hergert@ichotelsgroup.com
Also See: Homewood Suites by Hilton® Will Offer High Speed Internet Access at All 124 Hotels by April 1, 2004; Franchisees Allowed to Determine if Service Is Free or Fee Based / June 2003
Comfort Suites Brand Hotels in the U.S. Make Leap to Free, Guest Room High Speed Internet Access /
May 2003


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