IHG Expands the Holiday Inn Express® Brand in Brazil
Upcoming Openings Slated for Belem-Ananindeua, Porto Velho, Marilia and Rio
Branco and a Newly-Signed Holiday Inn Express^® hotel in Manaus
MIAMI -- October 10, 2013
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces that the Holiday Inn
Express^® brand is expanding in Brazil with the openings of the Holiday Inn
Express^® Belem-Ananindeua hotel, the Holiday Inn Express^® Porto Velho hotel
and the Holiday Inn Express^® Marilia hotel expected to open later this year.
IHG also has plans for a new-build Holiday Inn Express^® Manaus hotel,
scheduled to open in 2014.
Holiday Inn Express Belem-Ananindeua (Photo: Business Wire)
Holiday Inn Express Belem-Ananindeua (Photo: Business Wire)
The Holiday Inn® Express brand is the ideal choice for the smart traveler,
offering them a great night’s rest while helping them be productive on the go.
The newly opened Holiday Inn Express^® Belem-Ananindeua and the upcoming
Holiday Inn Express^® Porto Velho hotels are IHG’s 13^th and 14^th properties
respectively in Brazil. Other IHG hotels represented within Brazil are under
the InterContinental^® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza^® Hotels & Resorts,
Holiday Inn^® hotels and Staybridge Suites^® brands. The scale and diversity
of the IHG family of brands means that our hotels can meet our guests’ needs
whatever the occasion.
“We are proud to welcome the Holiday Inn Express Belem-Ananindeua to the
Holiday Inn Brand Family,” said Alvaro Diago, Chief Operating Officer, Latin
America and Caribbean, IHG. “We look forward to the upcoming opening of the
other Holiday Inn Express hotels as well. In a report by IHG and The Futures
company, titled“The new kinship economy: from travel experiences to travel
relationships”, one of the findings points to cities inemerging markets that
will become major tourist destinations.Belem, Porto Velho, Marilia and Manaus
are key strategic centers within Brazil that will continue to grow in
importance for both business and leisure travelers.”
The 156-room new build Holiday Inn Express Belem-Ananindeua hotel is located
in the industrial district of Ananindeua and within close proximity to the
Hangar Convention and Fair Centre, one of the region’s most well-equipped
meetings and convention spaces. The hotel is seven miles from Belem’s
international airport, and will also serve the region’s thriving port
industry, one of the largest and busiest in Brazil. Belem has long been
renowned as the gateway to the Amazon River basin, in the country’s
northeastern corridor. Guests staying at the hotel can choose between
well-appointed spacious guest rooms and suites, all boasting a fresh
contemporary design throughout. Additional amenities include a 24-hour
business center and fitness center. The modern property offers flat screen
TVs, mini bar access and complimentary high-speed Internet.
The 174-room Holiday Inn Express Porto Velho hotel is located less than two
miles from the city’s airport, and just minutes from the city center,
accessible to numerous shopping and entertainment options. The hotel will
feature complementary high-speed Internet, a business center, a fitness center
and three meeting rooms. The city of Porto Velho is located in the western
part of Brazil, and is an important mining town, as well as a strategic
transportation and communications center.
Scheduled to open toward the end of this year, the 102-room Holiday Inn
Express Marilia hotel will be among the first global hotel brands in the city
of Marilia. The hotel will be located in the state of São Paulo, and its
location offers easy access to major thoroughfares, industrial district and
airport. The new build hotel will boast a modern design, with a strong focus
on sustainability, including energy-efficient systems, effluent wastewater
treatment plans, solar panels and LED lighting.
Opening in early 2014, the 110-room Holiday Inn Express Rio Branco will be
located downtown, in the city's business center. Rio Branco has seen
incredible growth in recent years due to its strategic location – it is in
close and proximity to the Peru and Bolivia borders, accessible to
theTransoceanica Highwayand two key Peruvian ports, thus providing Brazil
with its connection to the Pacific Ocean.
Slated to open in 2015, the 180-room Holiday Inn Express Manaus hotel will be
located adjacent to the city’s expansive convention center. With more than two
million residents, Manaus is Brazil’s second largest metropolitan area in
northern Brazil and is recognized for its duty-free zone as well as a thriving
eco-tourism industry. The Holiday Inn Express Manaus hotel will include a
business center, fitness center and meeting rooms.
“We have a long and successful history in Brazil,” said Gerardo Murray,
Vice-President, Marketing Strategic Services, Mexico, Latin America and
Caribbean, IHG. “It is where the first IHG^®-branded hotel – an
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property – opened here in 1946, so it is
very exciting for us to expand the IHG family of hotels in new markets here
through these new Holiday Inn Express hotels.”
The complimentary Express Start^® breakfast bar features a full range of
breakfast items, including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits,
yogurt, fruit, pancakes, the brand's proprietary cinnamon roll and Smart
Roast^® coffee. Guest rooms feature contemporary styling, a 32-inch HD flat
screen TV, comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge
chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast 100%
Arabica coffee. The SimplySmart™ shower incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart™
Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod, upgraded 100
percent cotton terry towels and Bath & Body Works White Citrus bath products
are also included. Guests will enjoy the SimplySmart™ bedding collection,
where they will find crisp fresh bedding that features an attractive
decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft, 200 thread-count
IHG has 44 Holiday Inn hotels and Holiday Inn Express hotels throughout Latin
America and the Caribbean, and has been serving Latin America for more than 65
years. With hotels situated in nearly every key market throughout the region,
IHG has nearly 80 hotels in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Holiday Inn Express hotels participate in IHG’s guest loyalty program IHG^®
Rewards Club which is the industry’s first, largest and fastest-growing guest
loyalty program with more than 74 million members. IHG® Rewards Club is free
to join and guests can enroll by logging on at www.ihgrewardsclub.com, or by
inquiring at any of IHG’s more than 4,600 hotels worldwide.
About Holiday Inn Express hotels
Holiday Inn Express hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travelers.
Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive
rates for both business and leisure travelers. Guests Stay Smart^® at Holiday
Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start^® Breakfast Bar,
free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (US and Canada
only). There are currently more than 2,200 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations
around the globe. For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to
book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visitwww.hiexpress.com.
Notes to Editors:
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organization with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including
InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo® Hotels, Crowne Plaza® Hotels
& Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express® Hotels,
Staybridge Suites® Hotels, Candlewood Suites® Hotels, EVEN™ Hotels and
HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts.
IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty
program with over 74 million members worldwide. The program was relaunched in
July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet for
Elites across all hotels, globally.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and 678,000 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.
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