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IHG Signs Holiday Inn Express in Rio Branco, Brazil

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Friday, 19 August 2011

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed an Holiday Inn Express in the city of Rio Branco, Brazil.

The new-build, seven-story Holiday Inn Express Rio Branco will feature 110 guestrooms, four meeting rooms, a business center, fitness center, indoor pool and plenty of guest parking. The hotel is scheduled to open in November 2013.

The Holiday Inn Express Rio Branco will be located in downtown Rio Branco within close proximity to key tourist destinations, including the citys government sectors, as well as shopping and entertainment.

The city of Rio Branco is the capital of the northwest Brazilian State of Acre, which borders Peru and Bolivia. Situated in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, Rio Branco is expected to experience significant growth over the next five to 10 years due to the high production of rubber, along with its emerging timber and cattle industry. Another reason for growth in the city is the construction of the Transoceanica Highway, which will connect Rio Branco to the two main ports in Peru and will serve Brazil as a gateway to the Pacific Ocean.

The hotel will feature a complimentary Express Start breakfast bar with a full range of breakfast items, including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, yogurt, fruit and the brands proprietary cinnamon roll and Smart Roast coffee. The SimplySmart shower will incorporate 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. Guests will sleep in the SimplySmart bedding collection which features a decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft 200 thread-count sheets.

The signing of the Holiday Inn Express Rio Branco is in line with IHGs strategy of establishing a larger presence within Brazil, one of our key markets for development and a business and leisure travel hotspot, said Jim Anhut, chief development officer, IHG, Americas. IHG has its roots in Latin America, particularly Brazil, with the first InterContinental opening in Belem, Brazil in 1946. This signing continues our focus on development in this very important country for business and leisure travelers.

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