InterContinental Hotels Group (ADRs), the world`s most global hotel
company, today announced that high-speed Internet access will be standard
and available at 2,500 InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza,
Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in North America by early 2005.
“Working closely with our hotels to make high-speed Internet access a
standard across our brands is an important step to delivering the high
quality experience that our guests deserve,” said Tom Seddon, SVP,
Americas Brand Performance. “More often when people travel they use their
hotel room as an extension of their office environment and expect this
type of technology to be available so they can travel and work
High speed Internet access has always been a brand standard and available
at Staybridge Suites hotels since the brand`s launch in 1998. Crowne Plaza
is expected to install high speed Internet access by the end of 2004, as
well as Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, where it will be free to
guests. InterContinental Hotels and Resorts will complete worldwide
installation by end of Q1 2005.
“While approximately 30 - 50 percent of the hotels in our system (North
America) already offer high speed, by making this amenity standard, guests
will know that they`ll have the necessary connectivity to help them work
easier at any of our hotels,” said Seddon.
InterContinental Hotels and Resorts:
- By end of Q1 2005, all InterContinental hotels globally are to offer
high-speed access in all guestrooms, as well as wireless in the lobby
and other primary public areas. Pricing will be determined at the
individual hotel level.
- By the end of 2004, all Crowne Plaza hotels in North America are to
offer the following. Pricing will be determined at the hotel level. - Either 100% of guestrooms to offer wireless or 1/3 of guestrooms to offer wired hi-speed.
- Wireless in common areas. - Wired or wireless available in every meeting room, with at least one
meeting room to be wired.
- By the end of 2004, all of the more than 1000 Holiday Inn hotels in North
America are to offer free high speed Internet access in all guestrooms and
in some public and meeting areas.
Holiday Inn Express
By the end of 2004, all of the more than 1200 Holiday Inn Express hotels
in North America are to offer free high speed Internet access in all
guestrooms and in some public and meeting areas.
High-speed Internet access has always been available in all guestrooms,
meeting rooms and public areas at Staybridge Suites hotels in North
America since the brand`s launch in 1998. Staybridge Suites currently has
72 properties nationwide.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG
(ADRs)], owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various
subsidiaries, more than 3,400 hotels and 530,000 guest rooms in nearly 100
countries and territories around the world ( http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/
). The Group owns a portfolio of well-recognized and respected hotel
brands including InterContinental(R), Crowne Plaza(R), Holiday Inn (R),
Holiday Inn Express(R), Staybridge Suites(R), and Candlewood Suites(R),
and also has a controlling interest in Britvic, the second largest soft
drinks manufacturer in the UK.
InterContinental Hotels Group offers information and reservations
capability on the Internet - http://www.intercontinental.com/ for
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, http://www.crowneplaza.com/ for Crowne
Plaza Hotels & Resorts, http://www.holiday-inn.com/ for Holiday Inn
hotels, http://www.hiexpress.com/ for Holiday Inn Express hotels,
http://www.staybridge.com/ for Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn hotels,
and http://www.candlewoodsuites.com/ for Candlewood Suites, and for the
Group`s rewards program, http://www.priorityclub.com/