Agoda Announces Partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group

Bangkok, Thailand (PressExposure) March 24, 2009 -- Agoda.com, an online travel company specializing in discounted hotel bookings in Asia, today announced a partnership with IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group PLC), the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms. The partnership allows distribution of all of IHG’s seven brands worldwide via Agoda's websites.

The seven brands of IHG include InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. IHG represents over 4,150 properties with nearly 620,000 guest rooms. IHG is expecting rapid expansion in the Asia Pacific region and is looking to Agoda to help drive the process. Agoda.com is considered a specialist in the Asian marketplace and although the partnership includes access to IHG’s properties worldwide, Agoda is expected to focus initially on the Asia Pacific region in popular destinations like Beijing, Tokyo, and Mumbai.

Wilfred Fan, Agoda’s Vice President of Business Development remarked, “We are extremely excited to add IHG’s vast inventory to our site. Providing the best accommodation options at the most competitive prices are Agoda’s top priorities. By securing and distributing IHG’s content on our easy to use, informative sites, we are able to create an expansive platform for IHG to reach their target audiences and strengthen their online presence.”

“Securing a distribution agreement with a leading hotel and resort brand as strong as IHG once again proves Agoda’s ability to provide an efficient, user-friendly marketplace to our partners.” Mr. Fan added.

Jos Weesjes, Vice President, Distribution Marketing IHG Asia Pacific, said, “Partnering with Agoda was the logical next step to our online distribution expansion in the Asia Pacific region. Agoda’s easily identifiable brand, industry knowledge and their extensive membership base of over 750,000 customers will be key factors in helping us achieve our growth targets. By entering into this agreement with Agoda, we are now able to further extend our inventory to an ever-growing online consumer market.”

For more information regarding Agoda, please access its website at http://www.agoda.com or contact the Agoda team via e-mail at info@agoda.com.

About Agoda Services

Agoda Company Pte. Ltd. (http://www.agoda.com) is an online hotel reservations service, which specializes in securing the lowest discount hotel prices in Asia. Agoda.com is part of Priceline.com (Nasdaq:PCLN). Agoda's network includes 9,280 hotels in Asia and more than 50,000 worldwide. The staff of over 300 professionals, located throughout Asia, provides a first-rate reservation service that uniquely combines local knowledge and local connections to provide the best hotel deals to both business and leisure travelers.


In addition, Agoda customers participate in the Agoda Rewards Program, earning further discounts and free stays. Unlike programs that limit travelers to a single chain, the Agoda Rewards Program allows customers to redeem Rewards Points at thousands of hotels around the globe, at any time. A member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Agoda's aim is to promote travel by making it more affordable and more accessible to more people.


About InterContinental Hotels Group PLC.


InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [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 4,150 hotels and almost 620,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with 42 million members worldwide.


IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at http://www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at http://www.priorityclub.com For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at http://www.ihg.com/media

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Press Release Submitted On: March 23, 2009 at 3:41 am
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