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IHG Signs Three New Holiday Inn Express Hotels in Colombia

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InterContinental Hotels Group has signed three new Holiday Inn Express hotels in Colombia.

 The hotels, owned and managed by Grupo Contempo S.A., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group, will be located in the key cities of Bogota, Cartagena and Barranquilla.

 IHG’s relationship with Grupo Contempo began in 2008 with the signing and opening of the Holiday Inn Express Bogota in the vibrant neighborhood of Parque de la 93.

The new properties, scheduled to open in 2014, will add 450 rooms to IHG’s existing portfolio in Colombia, which currently includes eight hotels and 1,910 rooms. The new hotels will also complement IHG’s four existing Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express properties in the country.

“Expanding in the Colombia market is one of IHG’s main focuses in Latin America,” said Joel Eisemann, chief development officer, IHG, the Americas. “With a growing economy and an expanding middle class, we foresee a strong demand for midscale hotels in the country. Holiday Inn Express is one of the fastest growing midscale hotel brands, and these three signings are a testament to the strength and winning formula the brand offers owners.”

The Holiday Inn Express Bogota OXO 67th will be the second hotel that Grupo Contempo will develop in Colombia’s capital city, Bogota. The hotel will be part of a mixed-use complex, consisting of an office tower, a hotel tower and retail on the ground floor. The seven-story, 100-room hotel will be located in the heart of the financial district, close to the main corporate offices of major multinational companies; embassies and consulates; the National Theater; and Zona G (G Zone), renowned for its restaurants and bars.

The 200-room Holiday Inn Express Cartagena will be located in the heart of the Bocagrande district, one of the city’s most popular tourist spots. Encircled by a vibrant commercial and residential area, the 15-story hotel will be within close proximity to a variety of popular restaurants, shops, cafes and bars. The Holiday Inn Express Cartagena will boast a business center, a swimming pool and a fitness facility.

The Holiday Inn Express Barranquilla will be situated adjacent to the modern Buenavista Shopping Mall & Entertainment Center in one of Barranquilla’s most exclusive neighborhoods. The 18-story, 150-room hotel is within walking distance to a variety of high-end boutiques, shops and restaurants. The hotel will also feature a swimming pool, a business center and a fitness facility.

Guests at the new hotels will be able to enjoy the complimentary Express Start breakfast bar that will feature a full range of breakfast items including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, yogurt, fruit and the brand’s proprietary cinnamon roll and Smart Roast coffee.

 Rooms will feature the SimplySmart shower which incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod, upgraded 100% cotton terry towels and a custom line of cinnamon-scented bath products. Rooms will also feature IHG’s SimplySmart bedding collection that includes a decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft 200-threadcount sheets. Standard Holiday Inn Express guest rooms also feature comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, in room coffee machine, large desks with ergonomic chairs and free high-speed internet access.

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