USTA Southern Names IHG as Hotel Partner

March 29, 2010

Atlanta, GA — USTA Southern Section announced today that IHG, (InterContinental Hotels Group) the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, has been named the section’s official hotel partner.

“IHG has some of the most recognized hotel brands in the world each appointed to serve the needs of our diverse base of members,” said USTA Southern Director of Sales, Marketing and Professional Tennis Bill Oakes. “We know their services will be an important building block in providing member benefits and growing tennis in the South.”

USTA Southern members who book a stay with any of IHG’s 4,400 hotels worldwide including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites via will receive exclusive rewards through the IHG/USTA rewards program. USTA Southern tennis programs will benefit from every hotel booking through the unique link.

“We’re really excited about growing our partnership with the USTA Southern Section and we look forward to welcoming avid tennis fans to our family of hotels,” said Doug Dixon, manager, Leisure Travel, IHG.

IHG has 1,400 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 140,000 jobs worldwide 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.

IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at and information for the Priority Club Rewards program at For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level – from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 730,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It is divided into 17 sections, of which USTA Southern is the largest. The 185,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up USTA Southern, and account for approximately 25 percent of the total USTA membership. The section owns and operates the Atlanta Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour 250 tournament. A professional staff housed in Norcross, Ga., carries out USTA Southern’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit