Premier Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre hotel opens
with grassroots community initiative
TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) (LON:IHG),
(NYSE: IHG) (ADRs), the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms,
rolled out the green carpet last night for the grand opening of the
Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre.
The new hotel is Canada's largest Holiday Inn property with 513 rooms
over 23 floors and features 9,000 square feet of modern,
multi-functional event space. The grand opening marked the completion
of the hotel's $20 million renovation project. The hotel is among the
first and the largest in North America in 2011 to open following the
successful completion of the $1 billion Holiday Inn global brand
relaunch, the biggest ever project of its kind in the history of the
hospitality industry. The Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre
demonstrates the positive changes of the relaunch program on a large
scale which includes a renewed focus on quality, improved arrival &
welcome features, enhanced bedding and showers, a "Stay Real" service
culture and a new, up to date look including a redesigned logo and
"The opening of the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre is a significant
milestone, as it's not only the largest Holiday Inn in Canada, but also
the largest opening in North America following the successful
completion of the $1 billion Holiday Inn global brand relaunch" said
Gopal Rao, regional vice president, sales and marketing, IHG Canada.
"Toronto is a world class city and the ideal place to host Canada's
largest Holiday Inn. This magnificent hotel will cater to tens of
thousands of visitors in its first year alone. All of whom will be able
to experience on a grand stage Holiday Inn hotels' global brand
relaunch as well as what Toronto has to offer first hand."
Heart of the City
Located at 30 Carlton Street in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood, the
hotel is steps away from Toronto's historic landmark Maple Leaf Gardens
and within walking distance of the Eaton Centre, Ryerson University and
hundreds of restaurants and businesses.
To celebrate the hotel's grand opening, Holiday Inn reached out to local
businesses and partners with the support of the Downtown Yonge Business
Improvement Association (DYBIA) to participate in their Paint The Town Green initiative. As part of the Paint The Town Green initative, local business gave an early welcome to the Holiday Inn
Toronto Downtown Centre by rolling out the welcome mats and painting
their doors in Holiday Inn hotels' signature green in the weeks leading
up to the grand opening. In a show of thanks and commitment to the
community, Holiday Inn announced a donation to the BIA for $10,000 at
the official Grand Opening Green Carpet event on April 6.
"To have the largest Holiday Inn in Canada opening in our neighbourhood
is an amazing boon for our local businesses and community," said James
L. Robinson, executive director, Downtown Yonge Business Improvement
Association. "With the Paint the Town Green initiative, Holiday Inn demonstrated a tremendous commitment to the
Downtown Yonge neighbourhood and the business community welcomes them
to our diverse and progressive corner of Toronto."
A New Look and Feel
The Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre provides an intimate hotel
experience that is unique to a large scale hotel property. The existing
building was gutted and completely redesigned creating a modern design
and décor by architect Ava Janikowski of Chase International
Consultants in Design. Toronto-based visual artist Neil Young's artwork
was selected for the hotel lobby for his vibrantly colourful abstract
visuals that accentuate the hotel's modern design.
The hotel boasts a variety of dining options including the new urbane
dining experience at The Carlton. Renowned executive chef Chris Moreland (formerly of White Oaks
Conference Resort & Spa) brings his culinary vision of 'glocal' to life
with exotic dishes created with locally sourced ingredients. While Thirty Bar & Lounge is the perfect modern and relaxed environment for both business and
holiday travelers to enjoy cocktails and tapas. Guests will also enjoy
the fitness centre and large indoor pool complete with stunning outdoor
Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts participates in IHG's guest loyalty
program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry's first and largest
guest loyalty program has 56 million members. Priority Club Rewards
membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this
hotel or any of IHG's more than 4,400 hotels worldwide.
About Holiday Inn
With nearly 1,300 hotels worldwide, Holiday Inn Hotels is the most widely recognized lodging brand in the world. In
fact, Holiday Inn was one of the first international hotel brands to
establish a presence in China in 1984. Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts provides the services that business travelers need,
while also offering a comfortable atmosphere where all people can relax
and enjoy amenities such as restaurants and room service, swimming
pools, fitness centers and comfortable lounges. The casual atmosphere
and amenities such as meeting and on-site business facilities,
KidSuites rooms and, Kids Eat and Stay Free programs, demonstrate the
long-standing commitment of Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts to serving
travelers and have helped to establish the brand as "America's Favorite
Hotel." For more information about Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn
Resorts, including IHG's new vacation resort brand Holiday Inn Club
Vacations, or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.holidayinn.com.
Notes to Editors:
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] is the
world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG franchises, leases,
manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, over 4,400 hotels and
more than 640,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around
the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected
hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel
Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and
Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood
Suites® and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty program,
Priority Club® Rewards with 56 million members worldwide.
IHG has almost 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline, which is
expected to create 160,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is
incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands
at www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards program at www.priorityclub.com. For our latest news visit www.ihg.com/media, Twitter www.twitter.com/ihgplc or YouTube www.youtube.com/ihgplc.
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