IHG® Celebrates the Second Anniversary of the IHG® Game Changing Advantage Program in Canada, Announces Cross-Canada Sport Partnerships

TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2016 /CNW/ - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies, celebrates the second anniversary of the IHG® Game Changing Advantage in-hotel program in Canada and announces multiple sports partnerships nationally. IHG is one of the nation's premier hotel companies with over 176 properties from coast-to-coast.

IHG is a strong supporter of both amateur and professional sports organizations throughout Canada. IHG's Game Changing Advantage in-hotel program assists sports teams while they travel by allowing them to book blocks of rooms and organize their meals. In addition, the program allows the teams' access to private parent lounges when groups stay for tournaments. This unique program caters to coaches, athletes and managers who are responsible for booking group travel and is available at all of IHG branded hotels in Canada.

Since launching in 2014, IHG has made it easy for teams across the country to book stays, coordinate meals and relax between games. To date the program has served thousands of sports athletes across Canada from the grass roots to professional levels.

Jonathan Lund, Regional Vice President Canada, IHG says: "IHG's Game Changing Advantage allows our hotels to support sports teams at all levels, from the East to West coast. Through our multiple sports partnerships we are supporting athletes, their fans and local communities. Our hotels make it easy for sports players, parents, coaches, and supporters to rest easy."

IHG has also partnered with a number of professional sports organizations to further support athletics in Canada.

IHG is the official hotel provider of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA), and will be sponsoring all participating CPRA events throughout 2016, including key stops in Medicine Hat, Grande Prairie, Leduc, Airdrie, Bonnyville and Dawson Creek.

IHG is partnering with Whitecaps FC2, the United Soccer League (USL) team affiliated with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, as their official host hotel group. IHG is the match night sponsor of WFC2's September 18th match against the Portland Timbers 2. This match is also designated as Youth Soccer Appreciation Night and will feature giveaways for fans from IHG.

IHG is also proud to be the official sponsor of Football Canada, the national governing body of Canadian Amateur Football that holds tackle, touch, and flag football games and events across the country each year.

Holiday Inn® Hotels is the proud sponsor of Team Dunstone Curling for the 2016-2017 season. The young curling team is based in Winnipeg, and fans will be able to see the Holiday Inn logo across all of their uniforms.

Additionally, IHG is pleased to be the official sponsor of Eli Wilson Goaltending. The Eli Wilson Goaltending Sponsorship Fund allows children across the country to attend goaltending camps.

Finally, IHG has partnered with ProSmart Sports. ProSmart is revolutionizing the way young athletes, families and teams connect and learn. The goal of this partnership is to create happier and healthier sports communities across Canada.

Learn more about IHG's Sports Program across Canada at IHG.com/Sports.

Notes to Editors:
IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,000 hotels and nearly 750,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with more than 1,400 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme, with more than 96 million members worldwide. 

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally.

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SOURCE InterContinental Hotels Group

Image with caption: "Soccer youngster kicks his way to a win with Holiday Inn Express (CNW Group/InterContinental Hotels Group)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160908_C5490_PHOTO_EN_765830.jpg

For further information: Media Contact: Michelle Dias, michelle.dias@ihg.com, IHG, +1(416) 886-4873

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