Our nine hotel brands include some of the best-known and most popular in the world. We've built up a portfolio that covers everything from luxurious upscale hotels in the world's major cities and resorts to reliable family-oriented hotels that offer great service and value.
This diverse portfolio means that we have the flexibility to respond to most types of hotel development opportunity. What's more, our hotel owners can choose the hotel brand that will work for them and maximise the potential of a particular site. And whether our guests are travelling for business or leisure, for a honeymoon or a family holiday, we'll have a hotel that's right for them.
EVEN Hotels was launched in February 2012 following extensive customer research in order to create a brand that meets travellers’ holistic wellness needs. EVEN Hotels is aimed at business and leisure travellers who are looking for a wellness experience in a hotel stay at a mainstream price point. IHG is investing up to $150 million in establishing the brand, owning and managing the first hotels to ensure the brand achieves its potential and market share growth in the US. During 2012, IHG signed the first EVEN hotel located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, New York.
There are 17 million healthier-minded travellers in the US who find it hard to stay active and eat right when they travel. EVEN™ Hotels will ensure guests have the services and experiences they need to gain more control and feel good about their travel experience.
HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts was officially launched in March 2012 and is the first international upscale hotel brand designed specifically for Chinese guests, to take advantage of both the supply and demand side opportunities we see in China. The brand is tailored to address the specific needs of domestic Chinese guests focussing on the unique aspect of Chinese etiquette, the importance of rejuvenation, status recognition and local customs and heritage. It will enable us to expand in China's key gateway cities but will also drive growth in its secondary cities where a specifically Chinese offer is appealing. The brand could open in key global gateway cities in the future as outbound travellers from China are forecasted to reach 100 million in the next 10-15 years. During 2012, we signed 15 hotels for the brand.
HUA means majestic China and luxe represents luxury.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is IHG's luxury brand located in key cities and resort destinations across more than 60 countries worldwide. The brand's ethos is to empower guests to share their knowledge to enjoy great experiences that enrich their lives. Hotels under this brand tend to be managed by IHG. In 2012, we opened six more properties around the world, including the InterContinental London-Westminster in the UK, the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, IHG's first InterContinental Resort in Australia, and two new resorts in Asia InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort in Thailand and InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort In Vietnam. We also signed 10 hotels in 2012.
InterContinental is the world's first hotel brand to provide destination specific concierge websites and videos.
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is IHG's upscale brand and is currently the fourth largest full- service hotel brand in the upper segments with nearly 400 hotels and resorts in 66 countries. The brand continues to appeal to business travellers, providing facilities and services that cater to these types of travellers. We continue to progress the three-phase, multi-year Crowne Plaza repositioning programme. As part of IHG's commitment to strengthen the brand, quality audits have been carried out at almost all Crowne Plaza hotels in The Americas and Europe and we have been actively managing the estate in order to drive brand consistency. Crowne Plaza also saw significant growth in 2012, particularly in China with eight new hotel openings making it the largest international upscale brand in China.
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport was ranked among the world’s best airport hotels by Forbes Traveler.
Hotel Indigo is our boutique brand, and the world's first global boutique hotel brand focussed on guests who appreciate art and design and who want to experience something different. Hotel Indigo provides guests with the refreshing design and service experience synonymous with a boutique hotel, aligned with the local neighbourhood story. During 2012, we opened 13 Hotel Indigo properties, six in The Americas, two in Greater China and five in Europe, expanding the brand's footprint. In 2012, the brand also reached its 50th hotel milestone with the openings of Hotel Indigo London Kensington-Earl's Court in the UK and Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District in the US.
Hotel Indigo hotels will be located in urban, mid-town and near-urban markets proximate to businesses, restaurants and entertainment venues.
The Holiday Inn brand family, which comprises Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Resort and Holiday Inn Express, is the world's largest midscale hotel brand by number of rooms at 31December 2012. It is the largest brand in IHG's portfolio predominantly operating under franchise agreements in The Americas and Europe and management agreements elsewhere.
Holiday Inn is for the contemporary traveller looking for innovative comfort in a relaxing hotel environment. Holiday Inn aims to provide guests familiarity, convenience and reliability while supporting and meeting all guest needs. As official hotel provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we opened the Holiday Inn London-Stratford City. In 2012, the brand celebrated its 60th anniversary and we opened our largest Holiday Inn to date – the stunning Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central in China with 1,224 rooms.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations, our time share business in North America, provides guests with all the benefits of a vacation home with none of the hassle. It expanded its portfolio in 2012 with the opening of three new resorts, including a new 658-room resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Holiday Inn Resort is our Holiday Inn resort proposition with37 properties currently in the portfolio, for guests who work hard but also want to lead a balanced life. Seven new resorts opened in 2012, including the Holiday Inn Resort Changbaishan in China.
100 million guest nights every year globally.
Holiday Inn Express is a brand for the traveller looking for efficiency. The brand offers a straightforward, uncomplicated guest experience providing the things a guest needs, and is delivered in a way that is stimulating and engaging. As one of the world's fastest growing hotel brands, it is geared to the smart business or private traveller who appreciates value without compromising on comfort and style. IHG continued to grow the brand in all regions with 114 new openings in 2012, including hotels in Thailand and India.
The complimentary Express Start breakfast bar, represented the most rapid food and beverage implementation in the hospitality industry. Available at more than 1,600 hotels in the US.
Staybridge Suites is IHG's upscale extended stay brand for guests on longer trips, offering studios and suites complete with full kitchens and separate sleeping and work areas in a sociable, family-like atmosphere. During 2012, Staybridge Suites opened11 hotels, including the prominent Staybridge Suites London-Stratford City as part of IHG's London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy, taking the total number of Staybridge Suites hotels to 189. In 2012, 17 Staybridge Suites hotels under IHG's management were renovated as part of a renovation programme with the owner, Hospitality Properties Trust. Hotels under this brand tend to be under franchised and management contracts.
Staybridge Suites hotels reached its 100th hotel opening faster than any other brand in the extended stay segment.
Candlewood Suites is IHG's midscale extended stay brand in North America and is primarily franchised by IHG. Candlewood Suites aims to provide guests with a home-like stay at great value. A trust system has always prevailed for this brand – the ‘Candlewood Cupboard’ which is a convenient place for our guests to stock up on essentials and treats on an honour system and our newly launched ‘Lending Locker’, which enables guests to borrow kitchen apparatuses, such as coffee grinders. During 2012, 59 Candlewood Suites hotels under management by IHG were renovated with the owner, Hospitality Properties Trust, as part of our commitment to deliver a great brand for guests. We opened 12 hotels during 2012, taking the total number of Candlewood Suites hotels to 299.
Candlewood Suites hotels property was opened in Wichita, Kansas in 1996.
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We have over 80 million members worldwide – making IHG® Rewards Club the largest loyalty programme in the hotel industry.
Last updated 05 August 2014