05 December 2019

IHG and IHG Owners Association Renovation Donation Initiative drives impact

Teams load goods to be donated during a recent Renovation Donation Initiative pick-up.

More than $325,000 of material already donated through first-of-its-kind program to help hotels reduce waste and support local nonprofit organizations

IHG® owners across the US and Canada are driving further impact in local communities through the Renovation Donation Initiative (RDI), an industry-leading reuse program. Over the past year, more than 50 hotels have registered to participate in the program, including nearly 30 which have already scheduled or completed pick-ups.

Launched as a pilot effort by IHG and the IHG Owners Association in October 2018, and fully open to all IHG-branded hotels in the US and Canada as of April 2019, the first-of-its-kind RDI provides hotels undergoing renovation an easy process to reduce waste and support local communities by facilitating donations of high-quality furniture, fixtures and equipment.

To date, participating hotels have donated more than $325,000 worth of goods – also helping to divert these valuable items from landfills. These goods have been provided to 14 different community organizations to help furnish veterans housing units, women’s support centers and youth facilities, among other causes. In addition, participating hotels have also seen an average cost savings of $4,000.

The program is receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from partners and owners:

Matt Connelly, CEO, Good360 said: “Our efforts to provide hope, dignity and a sense of renewed possibility for those in need are made possible by engagement from socially responsible organizations like IHG and the IHG Owners Association. The Renovation Donation Initiative has been positively received by our network of nonprofits and we look forward to continuing our collaboration to extend hospitality to those in need.”

Sandip Patel, President & CEO, Crossroads Hospitality Inc. and Owner, Holiday Inn Express La Plata (Maryland) said: “The hospitality industry provides us unique opportunities to do good for those in need, and the Renovation Donation Initiative offers a true triple-win for hotels, community organizations and the environment. After experiencing the process first-hand, I recommend the program to other IHG hoteliers every chance I get.”

Neal Patel, Managing Member, SSG Hotels, LLC and Owner, Candlewood Suites Lafayette (Indiana) said: “Not only is it rewarding to be able to give back to our community, but the process itself has been very convenient and flexible as we’ve gone through our renovation. We’ll continue to engage the RDI team in the coming months as we move toward the finishing phases at this hotel and look forward to working with them on future renovation projects at our other IHG-branded properties.”

The Renovation Donation Initiative is available to all IHG-branded hotels in the US and Canada and is a free benefit for IHG Owners Association members, with a nominal participation fee for non-members. For more information on how to participate, hotels can contact the program team at rdi@ihgowners.org or visit www.owners.org/rdi

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For further information please contact:

Soojin Yoon
soojin.yoon@ihg.com
+1 (770) 604-8114

Susie O'Connell
Susie.OConnell@ihgowners.org
+1 (770) 604-2307

About IHG®

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About the IHG Owners Association

The IHG Owners Association, originally established by Holiday Inn® founder Kemmons Wilson in 1955, was the first association of its kind in the hotel industry. It currently represents the interests of 4,500 owners and operators of more than 3,700 InterContinental Hotels Group® (IHG®) properties in the United States, Africa, Australasia, Canada, the Caribbean, Greater China, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the Middle East. The Association is a voice for its members and plays an integral role in communicating with IHG leadership on issues related to franchised hotel operations. The IHG family of brands includes InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Kimpton® Hotels and Restaurants, Regent® Hotels and Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels and Resorts, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, voco™ Hotels, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, avid™ Hotels, EVEN® Hotels and Atwell Suites™. For additional information, visit www.owners.org.