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InterContinental to flag nine hotels

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ senior managers are sharpening their scissors as the hotel brand prepares for nine ribbon cutting ceremonies in 2006.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ senior managers are sharpening their scissors as the hotel brand prepares for nine ribbon cutting ceremonies in 2006. The international chain is scheduled to open nine hotels around the world in the US, China, Europe and the Middle East.

“The strength of the InterContinental brand represents a great draw for hotel owners and guests worldwide. The high levels of service and quality, coupled with a unique understanding of local cultures, create a fantastic position for InterContinental as an international hotel brand. We look forward to opening further InterContinental hotels around the world as we grow this iconic brand,” said Andrew Cosslett, chief executive of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC.

Included among these new openings are three resorts located in Spain, Egypt and Panama. Additional highlights anticipated in 2006 include the first InterContinental hotel to open in the key gateway city of Boston; two new InterContinental hotels to open in Greater China – in Chongqing and Shenzhen – bringing the brand’s total distribution to seven hotels.

In the Middle East, InterContinental will cut the ribbon on its seventh hotel in Egypt, the InterContinental Taba Heights Resort, as well as opening the InterContinental Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia in July.

IHG continues to focus its growth efforts for the InterContinental brand geographically in the US while also developing its resort portfolio around the world. Looking beyond into 2007, the company expects to continue a steady pace of new openings that include the new landmark InterContinental Dubai Festival City.

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