Brett Forshag Named Director Of Sales At InterContinental Hotel

NEW ORLEANS – Brett Forshag, an award-winning New Orleans hotel executive, has been named director of sales and marketing at the InterContinental New Orleans, General Manager John Romano said.

         “Brett is widely known as one of the very best and most experienced hospitality executives in the New Orleans market and well beyond,” Romano said. “We are thrilled he has joined our team at the InterContinental as we continue to re-position the property after the recent $28 million renovation.”

         A native of New Orleans, Forshag joins the InterContinental New Orleans with 26 years of hotel sales experience. He most recently served as vice president of sales and marketing for HRI Lodging, one of the 50 largest hotel management companies in the U.S. In that position, he worked on branded and boutique properties ranging from focus service hotels to exclusive resorts.

         Prior to his position at HRI Lodging, Forshag served in sales and marketing leadership roles for a number of hotel companies in New Orleans, including Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, ITT Sheraton, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

         Forshag graduated from LSU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and played on the 1985 LSU baseball team, which won the SEC baseball championship that year under legendary coach Skip Bertman.

         The AAA Four Diamond property is managed by Dimension Development Company and headquartered in Natchitoches, LA. In addition to upgrades of the hotel’s 484 guest rooms and suites, the recent $28 million renovation created a new lobby on the ground floor level and added 12,000 square feet of meeting space on the second floor where the lobby was formerly located.

         IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts.

         IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 76 million members worldwide. The program was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet for Elites across all hotels, globally.

         IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and 679,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.

         InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

         Dimension Development Company has successfully been developing, acquiring and managing full-service, all-suite, and focus service hotels for more than forty years. The company operates 50 hotels in 12 states, and is actively acquiring additional hotels and management contracts through acquisition, conversion and new build activities.

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