IHG Signs MDA for 15 New Holiday Inn Express Hotels

             IHG Signs MDA for 15 New Holiday Inn Express Hotels

  PR Newswire

  BERLIN, March 5, 2013

BERLIN, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

             Holiday Inn Express enters Russia for the first time

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group),one of the world's leading global hotel
companies, has signed a franchise multiple development agreement (MDA) with
Regional Hotel Chain, a portfolio company of VIY Management (VIYM) to develop
15 new hotels in Russia by 2019, which, when open, will double the size of
IHG's estate there as it stands today, and will introduce the Holiday Inn
Express brand to the region for the first time.

The 15 new Holiday Inn Express hotels will add approximately 2,250 rooms, when
signed, to IHG's current Russia development pipeline of over 1,700 rooms (5
hotels).

The locations for the first two of these hotels are Chelyabinsk and Voronezh.
Holiday Inn Express Voronezh - Kirova is due to open in the second half of
2014 and

Holiday Inn Express Chelyabinsk - Central Station, is scheduled to open in
summer 2015.

IHG's chief executive officer, Europe, Angela Brav said: "This is a
breakthrough for IHG in Russia. It marks the debut of the Holiday Inn Express
brand there and, when the hotels open we will have doubled the size of our
system as it stands in Russia today, making a significant step towards our
ambition to be market leaders."

IHG's chief development officer, Europe, Robert Shepherd said: "Russia is a
priority market for IHG in Europe.It is underdeveloped in terms of branded
hotel rooms, one of the most prosperous economies in Europe and is a growing
market for business travel both internationally and between its many large
cities. As Russia grows in economic importance, the introduction of the
Holiday Inn Express brand will not only be important to meet local mid-scale
demand in-country, where we know there is a significant supply gap, but also
as part of a future strategy to capture inbound demand as a brand of choice.
We're pleased to partner with VIYM, one of the most recognised hotel
investment managers in the industry in Russia, and look forward to working
with them as we expand. "

VIYM's Co-founding Partner and Chairman of RHC Board, Andrey Yakunin remarked:
"We are pleased to announce our second joint initiative with IHG on the
Russian market and promote such a large-scale opportunity on its regional
level. Our strong belief is in the high growth potential of the lower
midmarket offering supported by international expertise, resource and
efficiency, which can be embodied by the introduction of the Holiday Inn
Express brand for business and leisure travellers across the country. The
current operational results of RHC hotels and the demand, which we see in the
regions, only prove our expectations."

The Holiday Inn Express brand is designed to be the smart choice for
value-conscious business and leisure travellers. Fresh, clean and
uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express is a great hotel choice for guests on the
go. It offers guests exactly what they need - a great night's sleep in a high
quality hotel and a free breakfast. There are currently more than 2,000
Holiday Inn Express hotels around the globe.

IHG has made no secret of its commitment to growth in Russia, and has
previously announced plans to have 100 hotels across Russia and the remainder
of the CIS open and in the pipeline by 2020.The company said it would work
with local investors to introduce managed and franchised hotels across the
country, where there is a need for internationally branded hotels. Its
expansion will be driven by growth in regional centres and new fast-growing
cities with well-established business communities and tourist attractions.

IHG has 13 hotels (3,894 rooms) open in Russia, with another 5 hotels (1,773
rooms) in the pipeline that will open in the next 3 to 5 years.

Contact: Media contacts: Tim Rycroft +44(0)7736-746474 Tim.Rycroft@ihg.com,
Madeleine Haden +44(0)7736-746-068 Madeleine.Haden@ihg.com. Investor
relations: Catherine Dolton/Isabel Green +44-1895-51-2176
investor.relations@ihg.com.
 
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