InterConti plans express French expansion

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed an agreement with Cofis
Compagnie Fiduciaire SA, Geneva, to significantly increase its Express by
Holiday Inn brand presence in France.  Under the agreement, 11 new Express by Holiday Inn hotels, representing
1,100 rooms, will be built over the next five years in selected key cities
across France, reinforcing Express by Holiday Inn’s positioning as the
fastest growing hotel brand in Europe.

The hotels will all be operated under franchise agreements. The first to be
constructed will be in Saint-Nazaire, near Nantes, a 76 room property which
will open in December 2007. 

Robin Wicks, chief operating officer Holiday Inn brands Europe commented,
“This is a significant step to establishing Express by Holiday Inn as a
leading hotel brand across France, and to achieving IHG’s goal of an adding
50,000 to 60,000 rooms on a net and organic basis globally across all our
brands by the end of 2008.” 

Cofis Compagnie Fiduciaire, Geneva, represents the interests of several
private investors who wish to diversify their asset allocation through
investments in the hotel industry. In the same context, an investment fund
will be launched in the next months.