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InterContinental Tampa Announces Special Patron Rates for Gasparilla International Film Festival

InterContinental Tampa is Official Hotel Sponsor for Third Year

For Immediate Release:

February 4, 2010


InterContinental Tampa Announces Special Patron Rates for

Gasparilla International Film Festival


WHO:             InterContinental Tampa is centrally located in the heart of Tampa Bay, offering guests the most convenient access to world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, sports and the area’s most memorable attractions.

The property is the official hotel sponsor of the fourth annual Gasparilla International Film Festival, which takes place March 18-21, 2010.  One of Florida’s largest and fastest-growing film festivals, the Gasparilla International Film Festival takes place in downtown Tampa and South Tampa.  Each year, the festival features an average of 100 films from around the world at a variety of venues, with an additional focus on local productions.  Categories for the 2010 festival include: horror, comedy, documentary, international, young filmmaker (under 25 years old), North American Drama, short film, Florida Focus and a sidebar celebrating Tampa’s Cuban heritage.

The film lineup for this year’s festival has not yet been completed, but a preliminary peek has “Street Dreams” – a film about a skateboarder’s struggle to stardom – and “Endure” – the story of a detective investigating a fatal car crash – have already been added to the marquee. Both films were partially shot in Florida. For up-to-date festival details, please visit

WHAT:           The InterContinental Tampa is offering rates for filmgoers as low as $149 per night (double occupancy), including a complimentary breakfast buffet for two in Shula’s Steak House for patrons attending the Gasparilla International Film Festival (March 18-21, 2010).

 WHEN:           Gasparilla International Film Festival rate is available March 18-21, 2010. (Subject to availability).

 WHY:             InterContinental Tampa is conveniently located near many of the screening venues for the Gasparilla International Film Festival.  The property boasts a rooftop pool with spectacular views of the bay and city; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and crowd-pleasing on-site dining at Shula’s Steak House.  InterContinental Tampa surrounds guests in contemporary comfort and offers personalized service from a gracious and friendly staff in a warm, distinctive atmosphere. The InterContinental Tampa’s award-winning “In the Know” concierge directs guests to popular Tampa Bay destinations, as well as local hideaways.

WHERE:        Located at 4860 West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa, Florida, the InterContinental Tampa is convenient to downtown Tampa.  With all of the amenities the InterContinental name ensures, the AAA Four Diamond property offers complimentary wireless high-speed internet in guestrooms and public areas of the hotel, as well as complimentary transportation to the airport and nearby shopping and dining.  

 HOW:             To reserve the special Gasparilla International Film Festival rate at InterContinental Tampa, please call (866) 402-0758 and mention rate code IPE10 or visit

 -InterContinental Tampa-

 *Based upon availability. No refunds on unused features. Other restrictions may apply. Offer may not be combined with other promotions or special offers. Offer not applicable to prior reservations, groups or conventions. Offer must be requested at time of booking. Taxes and gratuity not included. Subject to hotel tax. 24-hour cancellation policy.

 INTERCONTINENTAL TAMPA is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California. The 102-acre ocean front resort will feature a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit

 The 323-room hotel is owned by an affiliate of Lowe Enterprises Investments and is managed by the wholly owned Lowe subsidiary Destination Hotels & Resorts.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms.  IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 3,700 hotels and more than 558,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. IHG owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel Indigo®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with over 31 million members worldwide.

The company pioneered the travel industry’s first collaborative response to environmental issues as founder of the International Hotels and Environment Initiative (IHEI). The IHEI formed the foundations of the Tourism Partnership launched by the International Business Leaders Forum in 2004, of which IHG is still a member today. The environment and local communities remain at the heart of IHG’s global corporate responsibility focus.

 IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at

 For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at







Kelly Prieto, APR

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(813) 318-9611


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