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COMOX VALLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA-InterContinental Hotels Group has opened two hotels in Canada; a new Holiday Inn and the Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport. The first hotel, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Courtenay Comox Valley SW was a new development, while the Crowne Plaza was a conversion from Sheraton Four Points.

“We invested $11.5 million to build this property with the goal of providing a comfortable atmosphere in a beautiful area of British Columbia, while offering the tools our guests need to ensure a productive stay, and we’re pleased with the end result,” says Lynn Larsen, general manager of the Holiday Inn Express.

The 91-room Holiday Inn is part of IHG’s $1 billion brand relaunch program that it first announced in 2007. The program is meant to create a more contemporary brand image in order to increase quality and consistency for its hotels globally. The entire Holiday Inn collection, which includes 3,200 properties, will be completely relaunched by the completion of 2010. According to a release, “The program focuses on arrival and welcome services, guest room and guest bath comfort.”

“Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers,” says John Merkin, senior vice president of brand management. “With more than 1,900 properties worldwide and more than 700 properties in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to expand in markets like Comox Valley, providing our guests with an enhanced stay experience at a great value.”

The Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport, at 6600 Cote De Liesse in Montreal, Quebec was formerly the Sheraton Four Points and now boasts 222 rooms and 30,000 square feet of meeting space. There are 300 Crowne Plaza hotels across 60 countries. The hotel is owned by 9002-7848 Quebec Inc. and is managed by RosDev Hotels Management.

“We are excited to offer travellers a comfortable and convenient environment to meet in Montreal,” says Gina LaBarre, vice president of brand management for Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts. “The breathtaking sites, local nightlife and culture of beautiful Montreal attract numerous people traveling for business and leisure, making this a great location for an upscale meetings-savvy brand like Crowne Plaza.”

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