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InterContinental Tampa Becomes Team Hotel for Super Bowl XLIII

InterContinental Tampa Scores as the Official Team Hotel for Super Bowl XLIII

Tampa, FL (February 25, 2008)— Super Bowl week in 2009 will bring its trademark excitement and energy to Tampa Bay, and the region’s newest luxury hotel is in the heart of it all. InterContinental Tampa, a hotel near downtown Tampa, is proud to announce its selection as an official team hotel for Super Bowl XLIII. One of the conference champions will be lodged at InterContinental Tampa along with family and fans.

“Tampa Bay’s long relationship with pro sports and its culture of championships makes the city the perfect host for the 2009 Super Bowl” says Charles Naberhaus, managing director. “We are pleased to play a part in hosting one of the championship teams and showing them the hospitality and style for which the city is known.”

Continuing the city’s superb relationship with the NFL and fans, Super Bowl XLIII will be Tampa’s fourth time hosting the nation’s most-watched sporting event. Located in Tampa’s Westshore business and shopping district, athletes and football fans alike will find InterContinental Tampa’s close proximity to Raymond James Stadium as well as Tampa’s shopping and nightlife a true perk. Nearby attractions such as Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium will allow familiesto turn their Super Bowl weekend into an extended vacation.


After long days of the fanfare and celebration that accompany the Super Bowl, guests will look forward to retiring to plush accommodations at InterContinental Tampa including pillow-top king sized beds and flat-screen plasmas TV’s, perfect for keeping up with Super Bowl news. Hungry fans and players will also enjoy the legendary Shula’s Steak House, conveniently located inside the hotel and modeled after the Miami Dolphins perfect season. Serving the freshest of steaks and seafood, diners might even catch a glimpse of Coach Shula himself at this Tampa steak house.


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 the bay and 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, feather top mattresses with luxurious linens, functional working areas, and flat-screen plasma TV’s with jackpacks for a variety of multi-media hook-ups.

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The 323-room Tampa hotel 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 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 issuesas 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 in2004, 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

Lisa Beachy
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
lisa.beachy@ichotelsgroup.com
(770) 604-2429

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