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New Delhi, February 26, 2016: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has today unveiled the Hotel Indigo® Lower East Side New York as its 5,000th hotel globally.

The opening of this landmark New York property takes IHG’s global system size to 5,000 hotels, in nearly 100 countries. This outstanding achievement illustrates the strength of IHG’s leading portfolio of brands, which are loved by millions of guests around the world.

The hotel is a joint venture between IHG and Brack Capital Real Estate (BCRE) and is IHG’s third for the Hotel Indigo® brand in New York City. It is located in one of Manhattan’s most attractive neighbourhoods and reinforces IHG’s leadership position in the boutique segment, the fastest growing in the hotel industry.

Richard Solomons, Chief Executive Officer, IHG, commented: “Reaching 5,000 open hotels with the addition of the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York is an incredible milestone for IHG. It is testament to our well-established, long-term strategy for high-quality growth, and the strength of our brands, which focus on distinct segments to cater to a broad range of guest needs and occasions.

“Over time we have built a leading portfolio of hotel brands and scale where it matters most. Alongside our network of owner relationships and powerful digital platforms, these remain the key drivers behind our consistently strong performance. The recent landmark openings that make up our ‘5,000 Club’ also demonstrate the momentum behind our brand portfolio and our ability to increase our presence in the world’s most important growth markets.”

In December 2003, the number of IHG properties globally totalled just over 3,500. Since then, a net 1,500 hotels have been added to the portfolio, with IHG’s emphasis on quality driving guest satisfaction levels to an all-time high. This includes the hospitality industry’s largest ever brand refresh for the Holiday Inn® brand family, during which IHG removed more than 1,000 properties across the brand’s estate and re-launched a further 3,300.

Commenting on the occasion, Shantha De Silva, Head of South West Asia, IHG, said: “At IHG, it is indeed a proud moment to be celebrating this milestone achievement. Our growth in recent years has been remarkable and it is attributed to our focus on strengthening our portfolio across key markets.

India is one of our key growth markets for IHG, globally and it holds our third largest pipeline, behind only the US and China. We currently have 25 hotels in 14 cities open across our four brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and Holiday Inn Express in India, with a further 51 hotels in our development plan. In line with our robust expansion plans, our aim is to have 150 hotels open or in the pipeline in the next 10 - 15 years, in India and we are well on our way to reach that target.”

2015 has been a noteworthy year for IHG in India and has marked 50 years of company’s journey in the country. Hotel Indigo® Lower East Side New York – IHG’s 5,000th open hotel 2 To mark the occasion, IHG has released details of several other recent landmark hotel openings around the world. Each opening contributed to IHG breaking through the 5,000-hotel milestone and forms part of IHG’s ‘5,000Club’.

IHG’s ‘5,000 Club’

Hotel Van Zandt, a Kimpton® Hotel– Austin, Texas: The 319-room hotel is located in Austin’s Rainey Street Historic District and marks Kimpton’s debut in the city. Its design embodies an elegance and edginess inspired by Austin’s world renowned music scene.

EVEN® Hotels New York – Times Square South: A 150-room flagship EVEN™ Hotels property in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The opening is our third for the EVEN brand in the US.

InterContinental® London – The O2: Located on the Greenwich Peninsula and immediately adjacent to The O2 Arena. The 453-room hotel features a health spa, numerous restaurants, and a sky bar with 270- degree views over the River Thames and Canary Wharf.

HUALUXE™Haikou Seaview: The HUALUXE Haikou Seaview is our third HUALUXE hotel in Greater China and our first in a resort location.

Holiday Inn Express® New Delhi International Airport Terminal 3: A 93-room hotel in India’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, the Holiday Inn Express New Delhi International Airport Terminal 3 marks the entry of the brand into New Delhi.

IHG’s route to 5,000 hotels

IHG has also achieved a series of significant milestones across its portfolio of brands, since becoming a standalone company. Each has made a significant contribution to IHG reaching 5,000 open hotels. Key milestones include:

2003: IHG becomes a standalone company and acquires Candlewood Suites®; more than triples the presence of the brand following acquisition.

2004: IHG launches the Hotel Indigo® brand. Hotel Indigo has more than 60 properties open globally and this number is expected to double in size within the next three to five years.

2007: IHG embarks on the hospitality industry’s largest ever brand refresh for its Holiday Inn® brand family. Holiday Inn now has more than four times the number of rooms outside of the US than its nearest competitor, whilst Holiday Inn Express® has doubled its presence outside the US since 2007. This makes the Holiday Inn brand family the largest global hotel brand in the world, with the largest global pipeline.

2012: IHG launches HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, the first hotel brand specifically designed for Chinese travellers. IHG opened its first HUALUXE® properties in 2015.

2012: IHG launches the EVEN™ Hotels brand for wellness-minded travellers; an industry first. IHG opened its first two EVEN properties in the US, in 2014.

2013: IHG celebrates opening of 200th hotel in Greater China.

2014: IHG opens its 400th Crowne Plaza® property and 200th Staybridge Suites® hotel.

2015: IHG acquires the world's largest independent boutique hotel operator, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, creating a leading boutique business together with the Hotel Indigo brand.


Corporate Comm India (CCI Newswire)
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