Holiday Inn Express to Open New Property in Squamish, British Columbia

Holiday Inn Express to Open New Property in Squamish, British Columbia

Holiday Inn Express Holiday Inn Express & Suites Squamish is located 45 minutes away from Whistler, world renowned ski-resort and the 95-room hotel is easily accessible to Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Highway.

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG] announced today that the company’s first Holiday Inn Express in Squamish will officially open its doors 10 February 2010.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Squamish is located 45 minutes away from Whistler, world renowned ski-resort and the 95-room hotel is easily accessible to Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Highway. The hotel is a short drive away from tourist attractions like the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain, downtown Squamish and an array of golf courses, as well as businesses including Wal-Mart, Tim Hortons and various restaurants, making it a convenient place to stay for visitors travelling for work or leisure.

The property will also showcase the Holiday Inn Express brand’s new sign, which is the seal of approval that this hotel exemplifies the standards of the $1 billion Holiday Inn brand relaunch program. First announced in 2007, the relaunch program was established to create a more contemporary brand image as part of the drive to increase quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The program focuses on arrival and welcome services, guestroom, and guest bath comfort. The global estate of more than 3,300 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express properties is expected to be relaunched by the end of 2010.

“We are thrilled to welcome this property to the Holiday Inn family of hotels with the brand new sign and everything it represents. Holiday Inn hotels are specifically designed for business and family oriented leisure travelers in need of a full-service lodging experience, and this property fits well within that offering,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG. “Development in British Columbia is important in expanding our Holiday Inn consumer base and growing an even stronger presence across the Americas.”

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Standard Holiday Inn Express hotel guest rooms feature 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. Business travellers will find large desks, ergonomic chairs, free high-speed internet access, free local and toll free phone calls (U.S. and Canada only) and phones with private voicemail. The Squamish property offers a variety of additional amenities including 32” LCD TVs in all guestrooms, a 24-hour business centre, an indoor heated pool, meeting space and a state-of-the-art fitness centre with an LCD flat panel TV. The hotel also offers 37 Business Class Suites, providing a relaxing and pampering oasis with a king bed or two queen beds, living room, hospitality unit and work desk with padded chair.

“We are very excited to be open our doors after converting another property,” said David McGill, general manager of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Squamish. “We have invested in this property with the goal of providing visitors of Squamish with a hotel that is convenient while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere with all the latest in comfort, and we are happy with the end result.”