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IHG First in the Industry to Commit to Free Internet for All Loyalty Members Worldwide

 IHG First in the Industry to Commit to Free Internet for All Loyalty Members
                                  Worldwide

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, March 26, 2013

LONDON, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

-New global research reveals free internet is more important than room service
                                to travellers-

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announced that it will be providing
free internet to all its 71m loyalty programme members, worldwide. The
announcement comes as IHG reveals the results of a global online survey* which
show that nearly half of adults (43%) would choose not to stay in a hotel that
charged for internet.

IHG is the first and only hotel group to offer free internet in all hotels to
all loyalty programme members, globally - whether they stay the night or come
in for a coffee or an impromptu meeting. It will benefit millions of guests
globally as IHG has the most rooms and is in more countries than any one of
the other four largest hotel companies in the world**. This will start from
July 2013 for Elite members and extend to all members during 2014.

The move comes as IHG announces that it will be enhancing and renaming its
industry-leading loyalty programme Priority Club® Rewards as IHG Rewards Club
in July and introducing a range of new benefits for members.

Richard Solomons, Chief Executive, IHG, said:

"In today's fast-paced world, we know that travellers need to stay connected
and free internet access is increasingly important. I am proud that IHG is the
first hotel company to offer free internet globally to all our loyalty
programme members.

"2013 marks 10 years since IHG became a standalone company. Whilst we are
relatively young as a business, our brands, such as Holiday Inn and
InterContinental, have a deep history and a powerful heritage and are
instantly recognised by millions around the world.

"Renaming our industry-leading loyalty programme as IHG Rewards Club will help
our guests understand that all our brands are part of the same IHG brand
family.

"Whether it is a business stop-over or a family holiday, our guests can choose
from more than 4,600 hotels in nearly 100 countries and territories, secure in
the knowledge that each carries the IHG badge of responsibility, trust and
confidence that they can rely on."

Internet access is increasingly important to hotel guests and a key
consideration when planning their hotel stays. New research* commissioned by
IHG reveals that:

  *43% of adults surveyed said that they would choose not to stay in a hotel
    that charged for internet.
  *23% of respondents said that free internet in rooms and throughout the
    hotel is the most important amenity when staying in a hotel for business,
    compared to 7% who chose room service.
  *Travellers from China placed the most importance on online connectivity -
    with nearly half (47%) listing it as the most important thing to them when
    staying in a hotel for business, followed by those from Russia (26%), the
    US (23%) and India (22%).
  *Travellers from the UK (18%) and the US (14%) both listed paying for
    internet as the second most annoying thing when staying at a hotel after
    noisy guests (22% and 24% respectively).
  *Globally, more female respondents (14%) say free internet throughout the
    hotel is most important to them when staying for leisure, compared to 2%
    who listed having an in-room hairdryer.

IHG Rewards Club , formerly Priority Club Rewards, is the world's first and
largest hotel loyalty programme, providing existing, industry-leading benefits
including points that never expire, no blackout dates for Reward Nights,
flight rewards, music downloads and free nights at any IHG hotel anywhere in
the world.

From July, new benefits will include:

  *free internet to all Elite status members from July 2013 and extending to
    all members during 2014;
  *the ability to earn Elite status faster by staying in three or more of
    IHG's hotel brands;
  *Reward Nights will count towardearning Elite status; and
  *Platinum Elite members' "extra" nights will roll over toward maintaining
    their status in their next membership year

Booking directly with IHG provides guests with access to the best available
rates through our 'Best Price Guarantee' and ensures they qualify to earn
points for their IHG Rewards Club account.

Visitors and guests can sign up free of charge for IHG Rewards Club and all
its benefits on the spot at any IHG hotel and can find out more about the
changes here .

Notes to Editors:

*IHG Internet in Hotels Survey carried out by YouGov Plc in March.

  *All figures unless otherwise stated are from YouGov Plc.
  *8,306 adults were surveyed in China (1,016), France (1,005), Germany
    (1,032), India (1,011), Russia (1,018), UK (2,070) and US (1,154).
  *Fieldwork was undertaken between 1-8 March 2013.
  *The survey was carried out online.
  *The figures for each country have been weighted and are representative of
    all adults (aged 18+) in each country.
  *Full survey results are available on request.

** Data obtained from Smith Travel Research January 2013 Hotel Census.

New member benefits include:

  *Free internet to all Elite members from July 2013 and extending to all
    members during 2014
  *The ability to earn Elite status faster by staying in three or more of
    IHG's hotel brands
  *Reward Nights will count towardearning Elite status
  *Platinum Elite members' "extra" nights will roll over toward maintaining
    their status in their next membership year

Existing industry-leading benefits include:

  *Points that never expire
  *No blackout dates for Reward Nights, so members can stay any time
  *Faster rewards by using a combination of Points & Cash
  *Redeem points for flights on over 400 airlines with Flights Anywhere ^TM ;
    for hotel stays virtually anywhere with Hotels Anywhere; or search, book
    and purchase car rentals with well-known local and global providers at
    airports worldwide with Cars Anywhere
  *Exclusive member-only, in-hotel perks
  *Priority Club® Rewards Concierge to help you find a specific merchandise
    reward
  *Plus, earn points for everyday spending through our partners and other
    programs like Priority Club Shopping, Priority Club Dining

About IHG

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global
organisation with nine hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels &
Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels
and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®,
EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club®
Rewards, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 71
million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and more than
675,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than
1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHGexpects to recruit around 90,000
people into additional roles across its estate 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.

Visit http://www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and
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Contact: For more information, please contact: Joanna James:
+44-(0)1895-512-112 / Joanna.james@ihg.com; Jo Vaughton: +44-(0)1895-512-239 /
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