SANZAR AND IHG extend partnership for 2016-18 seasons

Karin Sheppard, IHG and Brendan Morris, Sanzar signing a new partnership
Karin Sheppard, IHG and Brendan Morris, Sanzar signing a new partnership

SANZAR (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby) and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) have extended their partnership for three more years.

As part of the agreement, IHG is the Exclusive Hotel Partner throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan during Super Rugby and The Rugby Championship for the 2016-18 seasons.

The continuation of this contract covers all IHG hotels in Australia and New Zealand, primarily Crowne Plaza hotels and resorts, as well as InterContinental Singapore and InterContinental Tokyo.

Karin Sheppard, chief operating officer, Australasia, Japan and Korea & Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) franchising, IHG said: “We are thrilled to open our doors to the prestigious SANZAR squads once again as the exclusive hotel partner of Super Rugby and The Rugby Championship.

“We are extremely supportive of these elite global competitions and look forward to welcoming the teams to our hotels across the region to experience the very best in hospitality.”

Brendan Morris, SANZAR interim CEO added: “We are delighted to re-affirm our commitment to IHG as SANZAR’s exclusive hotel provider throughout Australasia.

“Over the past three years, IHG’s dedicated teams throughout all of their first-class properties have done everything possible to look after the needs of our players and support personnel.

“In what is one of the most travel-intensive competitions in world sport, it’s vital that comfort and high performance needs are met with seamless ease and we look forward to another three years working with the attentive and highly-experienced team at IHG.”

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