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InterContinental Tampa, a hotel near Downtown Tampa, Receives "AAA 4 Diamond Rating"

Tampa's Most Affordable, Luxury Hotel Receives a Prestigious

Tampa,FL (November 10, 2008) - InterContinental Tampa has earned the highly recognized AAA 4 Diamond Rating for 2009. Just opened in late summer 2007, this is the first year that the Westshore hotel has been eligible for the prestigious rating.

Each year, AAA's full-time professional field representatives conduct unannounced visits and evaluate accommodations and restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Those facilities that meet the strict quality criteria required to become AAA approved,receive an AAA rating.

AAA rating criteria includes upscale facilities, extensive services and spacious, well-appointed guest rooms with superior furnishings and amenities. The AAA sign provides quality assurance as the most respected restaurant and lodging rating system in the industry. From the luxury rooftop pool with spectacular views of Tampa Bay and the city and dining at world-famous Shula's Steak House, to a full-service "In The Know" concierge program allowing guests to enjoy authentic and enriching local Tampa experiences, InterContinental Tampa is well deserving of its outstanding AAA 4Diamond Rating.

"We are thrilled to have been chosen for this award during our first year of eligibility," said Charles Naberhaus, managing director. "It is recognition of the quality of service and amenities offered, as well as, the high level of customer satisfaction."

Crowning the transformation of Tampaʼs Westshore business & shopping district, the hotel is conveniently located next to downtown Tampa and Tampa International Airport. Touting all of the amenities that the InterContinental name commands, it is the ideal place for Tampa weddings and meetings. Rooms and suites blend sophisticated urban ambiance with authentic local charm, featuring fresh decor, pillow top mattresses with luxurious linens, functional working areas, and flat screen plasma TVʼs with jacks for a variety of multi-media hook-ups.

For more information on the newest luxury hotel in Tampa, please call (866) 915-1558 or visit www.intercontampa.com.

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

Notes to Editors:
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colorado. With more than 30 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination Hotels & Resorts is the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company's portfolio features more than 7,000 guest rooms, 10 golf courses and 14 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan andresort markets including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company 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 www.destinationhotels.com.

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 recognized 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
The Zimmerman Agency
ewestfall@zimmerman.com
(850) 668-2222

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