Intercontinental expands China offering

Intercontinental Hotels Group has opened four new properties in China with the view to capitalising on the "rapid development" of the region. The hotels, a mix of Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands, were opened between June and July this year. IHG now has 57 group hotels in the region and plans to raise this to 125 by 2008. Intercontinental Hotels Group chief operating officer for North Asia, Edmond Ip explained: "China is a key market for Intercontinental Hotels Group and where a significant portion of our global expansion strategy will be carried out. "The country is undergoing rapid development and we look forward to contributing to the continued growth of the country’s tourism and hotel industries." The new Crowne Plaza properties include a new 275-room hotel in Changshu, near the International Exhibition Centre and a 309-room property located in Shanghai’s Fudan university district.

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