IHG® Rewards Club Launches Worldwide

New benefits including free internet for Elite members take effect from today 
TORONTO, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today 
launched IHG® Rewards Club, its enhanced, industry-leading loyalty programme, 
formerly called Priority Club® Rewards. 
IHG Rewards Club will provide members with all of the existing benefits, in 
addition to some exciting new ones including free internet for all members 
across IHG's network of over 4,600 hotels - an industry first. This applies 
whether members are staying the night or coming in for a coffee or impromptu 
meeting, starting today for Elite members and available to all members from 
2014. 
Richard Solomons, Chief Executive, IHG, commented: "IHG Rewards Club is much 
more than just a new name for our loyalty programme. It builds on our existing 
programme, giving members a great new range of industry-leading benefits. This 
is why IHG Rewards Club has been chosen by more travellers than any other 
hotel loyalty programme worldwide. 
IHG's broad family of nine brands in nearly 100 countries and territories 
meets the needs of our guests, whatever the occasion - whether that be an 
overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a 
once-in-a-lifetime experience. 
IHG is the only hotel company that offers members additional recognition for 
exploring the breadth of its portfolio, which includes InterContinental, 
Holiday Inn and Hotel Indigo. For example, we are offering guests accelerated 
progression to Gold Elite status when they stay 10 nights across three 
different IHG hotel brands." 
IHG Rewards Club is the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme. 
Visitors and guests can sign up free of charge and find out more about the 
changes and benefits online or at any IHG hotel. 
Notes to Editors: 
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 toward earning 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 
    --  Our concierge program to help you find a specific merchandise
        reward
    --  Plus, earn points for everyday spending with our partners and
        while shopping and dining

About IHG

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global 
organisation with a broad portfolio of 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 manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty 
programme with over 73 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched 
in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet 
across all hotels, globally.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and more than 
674,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 
1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects 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.

Visitwww.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations 
andwww.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, 
visit: www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg or 
www.youtube.com/ihgplc. 

Jaime Shulman: 416-675-6644 ext. 711 /jaime.shulman@ihg.com

Hayley Findlay: 416-413-4640 /hayley.findlay@hkstrategies.ca

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