ATLANTA (Oct. 24, 2012) – The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs received the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2012 Torchbearer Award, the company’s most prestigious award. The Torchbearer Award was presented during the 2012 IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 24–26, 2012. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs is one of only 102 properties within the Americas chosen from the IHG system of more than 4,500 hotels for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation — from quality to customer satisfaction. A 2012 Torchbearer trophy, the company’s symbol of excellence, will be on permanent display at the hotel. “It is my pleasure to name the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs as one of the top-notch hotels in our industry,” said Kirk Kinsell, President, the Americas, IHG. “This hotel embodies the heart of our brand promise and continues to make IHG properties known and admired throughout the world, continuing our mission to deliver Great Hotels Guests Love.” Nearly 5,000 franchise owners, operators and company officials attended the 2012 IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference.About Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver SpringsLocated approximately 3 miles from the Historic Downtown Ocala, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs is close to everything Marion County has to offer. From the Silver Springs Attractions across the street to the magnificent Ocala National Forest few miles to the east, the award-winning hotel is also just minutes from the area’s finest shopping, dining and eco-tourism activities. For more information or to make reservations, call the Holiday Inn Express Ocala-Silver Springs directly at (352)304-6111 or at toll-free number (800)465-4329. You can also get more information online at www.ocalasilverspringshotel.com. About InterContinental Hotels GroupIHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global company operating seven 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® . IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with almost 60 million members worldwide. IHG is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms and franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,400 hotels and more than 656,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories, and has more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG expects to recruit around 160,000 people worldwide over the next few years and is committed to gender balance throughout its business. We aspire to continue retaining a minimum of 25% female representation on the Board. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.