InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is celebrating the opening of its 5,000 hotel globally – Hotel Indigo, Lower East Side New York. The portfolio encompasses nearly 100 countries.

Richard Solomons, Chief Executive Officer, IHG, commented:
“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.”

Landmarks on IHG’s journey to reach 5,000 hotel:
In December 2003, the number of IHG properties globally totalled just over 3,500.

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

2012:     IHG launched HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts designed for the Chinese travellers. The first HUALUXE opened in 2015.
In the same year EVEN Hotels was launched targeting the wellness-minded traveller; an industry first. The first two EVEN hotels opened in 2014 in America.

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

2015:     IHG acquired the American-based independent boutique hotel operator, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

During this time IHG embarked on a ‘brand refresh’ for its Holiday Inn core brand. 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.