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InterContinental Tampa Becomes Florida Green Lodging Program Member

The Department of Environmental Protection Welcomes Intercontinental Tampa, a hotel near downtown Tampa, as a Member of the Florida Green Lodging Program


Tampa, FL (October, 2008) - InterContinental Tampa, a luxury hotel near downtown Tampa, is recognized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for its conscientious approach to business. The 323-room urban oasis is now an official member of the Florida Green Lodging Program at the One Palm level. As a promise to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources, the hotel has implemented "green" practices such as water conservation, energy efficiency, recycling programs, waste reduction, eco-friendly products and clean air practices. As part of the clean air practices, all guest rooms and suites are cleaned with all natural green products that are non-toxic and biodegradable yet clean the rooms without hurting the environment.

"Practicing conservation and recycling at a busy hotel, such as InterContinental Tampa, will have an immense positive effect on the environment. This gives us a chance to be a part of a larger movement set by the DEP, our business partners and most importantly the voices of our guests," says Charles Naberhaus, managing director of InterContinental Tampa.

In recognition of the need to preserve the world in which we operate and serve our guests, Destination Hotels & Resorts, the managing company of InterContinental Tampa is dedicated to practices and programs that pay respect to, and lessen our footprint on, our changing environment.As the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country, all Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are committed to creating a new benchmark for our hotels and resorts through a series of environmental initiatives.

"The hospitality industry as a whole is a significant user of the earth's natural resources,and that comes with a price. We felt that it was incumbent upon us to figure out ways to be more conscientious and resourceful," says Mark Hickey, senior vice president of U.S. hotel operations for DH&R. "For us, this is not an initiative; it’s the way we do business. It's good for our customers,our communities, our associates and our investors."

About InterContinental Tampa
Opened in August 2007, as the newest luxury hotel in Tampa, InterContinental Tampa crowns the transformation of Tampa's Westshore business & shopping district conveniently located next to downtown Tampa and Tampa International Airport. Touting all of the amenities that the InterContinental name commands, the hotel offers complimentary wireless high-speed internet throughout the entire hotel, state-of-the-art fitness center, full-service concierge program, as well as rooftop pool with spectacular views of Tampa Bay and the city. The ideal place for Tampa weddings and meetings, InterContinental Tampa offers 17,000 square feet of flexible meeting and events space. The hotel also offers dining at world-famous Shula's Steak House, gourmet illy coffee products and "fare on the go" at Caffe and an extensive cocktail menu at Shula’s No Name Lounge. Rooms and suites blend sophisticated urban ambiance with authentic local Tampa charm, featuring fresh decor, pillow top mattresses with luxurious linens, functional working areas, and flat screen plasma TV's with jack packs for a variety of multi-media hook-ups.

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

Notes to Editors:
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 100countries 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 www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com.

For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at www.ihg.com/media

Emily Westfall/Jordan Wilson
InterContinental Tampa/The Zimmerman Agency
ewestfall@zimmerman.com
(850) 668-2222

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