InterContinental Hotels Group opened the Holiday Inn Belo Horizonte Savassi in Belo Horizonte, one of Brazil's largest cities and a host city for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer.

"The opening of our first Holiday Inn hotel here aligns with the region's development strategy, including growth in key economic hubs across Latin America and the Caribbean," said Gerardo Murray, regional vice-president, distribution and commercial marketing, Mexico, Latin America & Caribbean, IHG.

The new 16-floor, 216-room hotel is in the neighborhood of Savassi, known for its open mall concept design, with several restaurants, bars and a nightlife scene and home to museums and other attractions on the city's cultural circuit.

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