Media Release: Interstate Hotels & Resorts acquires Chardon Management Ltd, expands United Kingdom portfolio

Southend External mid nov12 allmedia

INTERSTATE Hotels & Resorts –  leading US-based global hotel management company – announced today the acquisition of Chardon Management Ltd., a highly-respected independent management company in the United Kingdom, elevating Interstate’s total UK portfolio to 47 hotels either open or under development.

On the heels of the company’s entrance into the UK, this transaction creates a formidable executive team and dedicated base of operations in the region for hotel owners and investors, fully supported by Interstate’s industry-leading systems.

The company’s UK team will be complemented with Chardon’s high quality, knowledgeable executives and associates, led by managing director for the UK, Robert Crook, who will be reporting to Ken McLaren, Interstate’s executive vice-president of international operations, further strengthening Interstate’s insight and ability in the market.

“With this acquisition, we believe Interstate is now the preeminent hotel management company in the UK and Irish markets, offering institutional and private investors a world class hotel management platform,” said Jim Abrahamson, chief executive officer of Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

“As our second UK acquisition this year, we can leverage Interstate’s on-the-ground operations and tangible experience in the country to successfully transition and operate this new portfolio, generating ultimate profitability for owners, and maximizing asset value.”

Chardon Management’s portfolio includes 32 hotels with 3,414 rooms, consisting of Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn branded hotels in addition to Hotel Indigo, Best Western, Choice, Ibis Styles and independent hotel brands.

“Interstate is a recognised world leader bringing 50 years of industry experience, dynamic relationships with quality brands and international experience to the table,” said Nicola Taylor, director at Chardon Management, who will now serve in an advisory capacity.

“Chardon’s relationship with Interstate ensures a really successful future, providing our staff, owners, investors, associates, and ultimately our guests with the best experience possible in the UK and Ireland hospitality industry.

“Chardon is one of the most esteemed independent management companies in the U.K. and a top strategic choice for Interstate’s targeted expansion plans,” said Leslie Ng, chief investment officer of Interstate Hotels & Resorts. “We’re looking forward to managing this expanded portfolio with best-in-world experience, strong brand relationships and institutional-quality systems.”

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About Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging Group and Jin Jiang Hotels, is the leading US-based global hotel management company, operating branded full- and select-service hotels and resorts, convention centers and independent hotels worldwide. Interstate and its affiliates manage 387 hotels with 73,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, including six wholly-owned hotels. In addition, Interstate has executed agreements to manage 40 hotels with more than 8,100 rooms under construction or development throughout the world.

For more information regarding hotel management in the United Kingdom, please contact senior vice-president, Development-Europe, Aaron Greenman, at +32 490 43 15 72 or visit For more information about Interstate Hotels & Resorts worldwide, please visit

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About Chardon Management Ltd.

Chardon currently manages 32 hotels and one health and fitness club throughout the length and breadth of the UK. Its brand portfolio consists of Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn Express, Ibis Styles, Best Western Plus, Quality Hotel, La Bonne Auberge, Limelight Bar & Grill, Triangle, and five individually-branded properties. For further information, please contact Nicola Taylor at 0141 333 0545.

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