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Franchise Times ranks InterContinental

For the third consecutive year, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts rank in the top 75 U.S. franchises.InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms,  announced that Franchise Times magazine ranked Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts (15), Holiday Inn Express (37) and Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts (56) in the top 75 U.S. franchises for the third consecutive year and listed Staybridge Suites (196) in its top 200 for the first time.

The magazine’s Top 200 list is based on system-wide sales and units and is considered to be the franchise industry’s gold standard.

Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts rankings improved year-over-year with Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts seeing the most significant change. Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts moved from number 75 (2004 ranking) to number 56 (2005 ranking).

“We are very proud of our brands’ continued recognition as franchise industry leaders and the addition of Staybridge Suites to this prestigious list,” said Kirk Kinsell, SVP and Chief Development Officer, the Americas, IHG. “This type of recognition continues to solidify that IHG has some of the strongest brands with best-in-class franchise practices in the industry.”

Helping further the success and momentum of its brands, IHG’s integrated approach helps unify marketing initiatives so that hotels benefit from each others efforts and learn from each other—while keeping the brands distinct and differentiated to their customer segments.


This is done by offering current and prospective franchisees a multi-brand marketing platform comprised of our Enterprise Values - technology, global reservations centers, global sales, performance support, and Priority Club® Rewards; as well as fostering a collaborative, ‘Together We’re Stronger’ relationship with our hotel owners.

With almost 3,600 hotels and 539,000 guest rooms, IHG has an established international brand-name property to suit every guest’s service, amenity and lodging need. The IHG family contains some of the most widely recognized hotel brands in the industry including: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, and Candlewood Suites.