IHG® Rewards Club curates the top 150 Hidden Gems to celebrate Canada's 150th

Canadians can win one million IHG® Rewards Club Points by sharing their favourite Hidden Gems

TORONTO, March 1, 2017 /CNW/ - Today marks the beginning of a three-month journey to find the top 150 Hidden Gems across the country. In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), in partnership with television personality Jennifer Valentyne, launches the IHG® Rewards Club 150th Hidden Gems Contest and asks Canadians to share their favourite travel spots from coast-to-coast. Canadians can submit their Hidden Gems from March 1 to May 31, 2017 for a chance to win one million IHG® Rewards Club Points.

From picturesque hiking trails and secret spots for family picnics to cultural landmarks and other undiscovered local attractions, Canadians can help uncover all the beautiful places this country has to offer by sharing their unique locations at www.ihgrewardsclub.com/150Canada . One lucky grand prize winner will enjoy one million IHG® Rewards Club Points, which can be used towards the ultimate getaway worldwide. Two additional monthly winners will receive 50,000 IHG® Rewards Club Points, which can be redeemed for hotel stays or merchandise.

Jonathan Lund, Regional Vice President, Franchise Performance Support, IHG Canada, says: "An interesting vacation can happen anywhere. With our curated list of Hidden Gems located across the country, there is no shortage of fascinating experiences to enjoy with family and friends this year. Canada's 150th birthday is the perfect reason to plan the trip of a lifetime in your own country, and get some well-deserved rest and relaxation along the road to discovery."

Jennifer Valentyne, Canadian television personality, says: "I'm passionate about travelling locally and discovering new places to see in Canada, which is why I've joined IHG on their mission to find the top 150 Hidden Gems. What better way to honour Canada's 150th birthday than by exploring our own country and sharing our favourite places with one another? My favourite Hidden Gem is Gobles Grove – a peaceful beach just south of Port Elgin, Ontario. I can't wait to hear about the unique locations Canadians share throughout the contest."

After submissions close on May 31, IHG will curate the top 150 Hidden Gems to celebrate the nation and inspire summer travel.

With 177 hotels across the country and 31 hotels in the pipeline, IHG's hotels in Canada are a home away from home for travelers. With leisure-favourite hotel brands such as, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Suites and iconic luxury brands like InterContinental® Hotels and Resorts - IHG's brand family in Canada has more than 24,900 rooms across seven brands.

Call to action:
Visit www.ihgrewardsclub.com/150Canada  and enter your favourite Hidden Gem in Canada from March 1 to May 31, 2017 for a chance to win one million IHG® Rewards Club Points! Canadians can join the conversation on social media using #IHG150. 

About IHG® Rewards Club
With more than 100 million enrolled members globally, IHG® Rewards Club is the first and largest guest loyalty program in the hotel industry.  Named Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World ten years running as voted by the readers of Global Traveler magazine, IHG® Rewards Club offers sought-after benefits and is easy to use. Members qualify for Your Rate by IHG® Rewards Club, an exclusive rate offered when they book direct. In addition to flexible features like No Blackout Dates for Reward Nights, Points & Cash and Free Internet, IHG® Rewards Club members have hundreds of options for redeeming points including: Reward Nights, Flights AnywhereTM, Cars Anywhere, digital downloads, brand name items and retail gift cards. Enrollment in IHG® Rewards Club is free. Guests can sign up by visiting ihg.com/rewardsclub, calling 1-888-211-9874, downloading the IHG App or by inquiring at the front desk of any of the nearly 5,200 IHG hotels worldwide.

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, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,200 hotels and 770,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with nearly 1,500 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme, with more than 100 million enrolled 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 IHG Rewards Club

For further information: Michelle Dias, IHG Canada, Michelle.dias@ihg.com, 416-886-4873; Mary Zarikos, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, mary.zarikos@hkstrategies.ca, 416-413-4575

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