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by Michael J. Shapiro | March 30, 2011

The InterContinental Hotels Group, currently the largest international hotel company in China, confirmed plans to launch a China-specific upper-upscale brand, according to the Financial Times. The flag hasn’t yet been named nor has a timeline emerged, but IHG’s Greater China CEO Keith Barr sketched out some details, according to the report. The hotel design and atmosphere will be more Chinese than Western, he said, and will feature a grander lobby, a main restaurant with more individual private dining rooms, and a teahouse as the social hub, rather than a bar.