The IHG story

2013 marked 10 years since InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) became a standalone company. Today, we are one of the world’s leading hotel companies with almost 4,700 hotels in nearly 100 countries and territories, and a portfolio of nine preferred brands that have a deep history and heritage. Highlighted below are just some of the milestones, achievements and innovations that have come to define IHG and our family of brands.



Bass Brewers horse drawn carriage

The story begins...

It all begins in 1777 when William Bass opens a brewery in Burton-on-Trent in the UK. Bass makes its move into the hotel industry in 1988, buying Holiday Inn International. The conglomerate sells Bass Brewers and the Bass name in 2000 and changes its name to Six Continents PLC.


InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

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InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts

The founder of Pan American Airways has a vision to bring high-quality hotel accommodation to the end of every Pan Am flight route. This leads to the first InterContinental hotel opening in Belém, Brazil in 1949. Bass acquires the InterContinental brand in 1998, adding it to our brand portfolio.


Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn sign

Holiday Inn®

Kemmons Wilson’s vision of an innovative hotel brand people could trust leads to the first Holiday Inn opening in Memphis, Tennessee in 1952. Bass acquires part of the business in 1988 and the remainder in 1990.


Holidex sign


Launch of Holidex, the world’s first computerised hotel reservation system – the first programme to connect directly with travel agents and airlines.


Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts

Crowne Plaza Hotel lobby

Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts

Launch of the Crowne Plaza brand, focused on business travellers.


Holiday Inn Express

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Holiday Inn Express®

Launch of the Holiday Inn Express brand aimed at smart travellers.


Staybridge Suites

Staybridge Suites' dining area

Staybridge Suites®

Launch of the Staybridge Suites brand – IHG’s extended-stay brand for travellers who spend an extended time away from home and prefer a warm, home-like and community environment.


Candlewood Suites

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Candlewood Suites®

Acquisition of the Candlewood Suites brand – IHG’s extended-stay brand in North America aimed at providing guests with a relaxed, casual and home-like environment at a great value.


InterContinental Hotel lobby

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC

On 1 October 2002, Six Continents PLC announces a proposed separation of the Group’s hotels and soft drinks business (to be called InterContinental Hotels Group PLC) from the retail business (to be called Mitchells & Butlers plc), and the return of £700m of capital to shareholders. The process completes on 15 April 2003 – InterContinental Hotels Group PLC becomes a separate company listed on the LSE and NYSE.


Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo bedroom

Hotel Indigo®

Launch of Hotel Indigo, IHG’s boutique brand, with the first Hotel Indigo opening in Atlanta, US in 2004.



Britvic disposal

IHG announces the disposal of its 100% holding in the soft drinks business, Britvic plc.


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Room to be yourself

Our employer brand giving people Room to be yourself is launched.


IHG Academy logo

IHG® Academy

Launch of IHG Academy, a pioneering collaboration between IHG hotels and offices and education providers and/or community organisations providing local people with skills development and employment opportunities in IHG hotels and corporate offices.


Holiday Inn Resort

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Holiday Inn Resort®

As part of the $1bn Holiday Inn relaunch, Holiday Inn Resort, a new sub-brand of Holiday Inn, is developed, offering the perfect destination for family fun and relaxation.


Holiday Inn Club Vacations

Holiday Inn Club Vacations pool area

Holiday Inn Club Vacations®

Announcement of the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand, a result of an alliance between IHG and the family of Orange Lake Resorts, Kemmons Wilson and the Wilson family.


IHG Green Engage logo

IHG Green Engage®

Launch of IHG Green Engage, our online system to help us measure, monitor, manage and report on energy, carbon, water and waste to develop and operate more sustainable hotels.


IHG Shelter in a Storm Programme logo

IHG® Shelter in a Storm Programme

Launch of the IHG Shelter in a Storm Programme, equipping our hotels to respond quickly and effectively in times of disaster, providing vital assistance and shelter to the local community and our employees.


EVEN Hotels

EVEN Hotels bedroom

EVEN Hotels

Launch of the EVEN brand, which meets the large and growing demand for a hotel brand to help wellness-minded travellers maintain their balance on the road.


HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts bar and dining area

HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts

Launch of the HUALUXE brand, as the world’s first international hotel brand designed specifically to suit the taste and sensibilities of the Chinese guest.


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London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

In 2012, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express are the official hotel provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


IHG Rewards Club card

IHG® Rewards Club

Originally launched in 1983 as Priority Club® Rewards, our loyalty programme is the oldest and largest in the industry. In July 2013, we relaunched the programme as IHG Rewards Club, offering enhanced benefits for members, including free internet access across all our hotels globally.


IHG logo

  • InterContinental Hotel & Resort logo
  • Hualuxe Hotels & Resorts logo
  • Crowne Plaza logo
  • Hotel Indigo logo
  • Even Hotels logo
  • Holiday Inn logo
  • Holiday Inn Express logo
  • Holiday Inn Resort logo
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations logo
  • Staybridge Suites logo
  • Candlewood Suites logo
  • IHG Rewards Club logo