TORONTO (MAY, 9TH 2017) – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the opening of the new-build 79-room Holiday Inn Express® Red Deer North in Alberta, Canada. This hotel joins the Holiday Inn Express Red Deer and Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Red Deer properties open nearby.  Located off Highway 2, and close to golf courses, Sylvan Lake, a ski and snowboard resort and shopping centre, this hotel is expected to become a top choice for leisure, sport and business travelers in the Red Deer area.

Jennifer Gribble, Vice President, Holiday Inn Express® Brand, IHG, said: “Holiday Inn Express is one of the most widely recognized lodging brands in the world, and we’re pleased to add this hotel in the Red Deer area to our family. The Holiday Inn Express brand continues to grow across the Canadian market, delivering a special kind of hospitality that makes guests feel at home the moment they walk through the front door.”

The Holiday Inn Express brand is the smart choice for travelers seeking a hotel that will help them rest and go while staying productive, delivering exactly what they need and nothing they don’t. The 2,469 Holiday Inn Express hotels worldwide offer a simple and efficient stay through the uncomplicated yet personal service travelers expect from the brand.

The hotel features an indoor pool, hot tub, 24-hour fitness center and 24-hour business center. Guest rooms feature contemporary styling, comfortable king-sized, or two queen-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast™ 100 per cent Arabica coffee.

The complimentary Express Start™ breakfast bar offers a full range of breakfast items, including a variety of healthy options, including Oikos® yogurt, whole wheat English muffins, Kellogg’s® breakfast cereals, Quaker® oatmeal flavors in cups and a toppings bar for yogurt, cereal and pancakes. Additionally, the breakfast bar continues to offer a wide variety of other hot and cold options including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, fruit, the brand's cinnamon roll and Smart Roast coffee.

The Holiday Inn Express - Red Deer North boasts the Holiday Inn Express brand’s newest design solution and features with modern rooms and suites, complete with Keurig® brewers, microwave oven, mini fridge, kettle, work desk, free Wi-Fi, and more. Standard with the Holiday Inn Express brand is the complimentary Express Start™ breakfast bar, and the Red Deer North property is no different. Guests will have many hot and cold options to choose from each morning.

The hotel will transform into a dual-branded company when the connecting Staybridge Suites® opens in 2019. The hotel has more than 1400 square feet of meetings space and can accommodate groups of 70 people. Nearby businesses of: Trican Well Services, Step Energy Services, Calfrac and Red Deer Bottling Co. will benefit from the hotel’s close proximity. 
Shazma Charania, Owner ZS Holdings said: “We’re extremely pleased to be partnering with IHG to open Canada’s first dual-branded - Holiday Inn Express and Staybride Suites combination in the country. This hotel will support both business and leisure travelers coming to the area. The modern design of our guest rooms coupled with innovative design and technology features throughout the hotel are sure to impress. Consumer confidence and the economic climate is positively changing, and our opening has fallen at a perfect time.”