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IHG® is a global leader with more than 5,600 hotels, 840,000+ guest rooms and a diverse portfolio of strong brands. Our development pipeline includes projects in every region worldwide. We leverage our scale to optimize returns for our owners while delivering world-class hospitality to our guests.

Our global presence

4249

Open hotels

1139

Pipeline hotels

517909

Open rooms

118280

Pipeline rooms

Figures include IHG’s 107 unbranded, PAL and InterContinental Alliance hotels (23,849 rooms), and 17 hotels in the pipeline.

Data as of September 30, 2019

1103

Open hotels

405

Pipeline hotels

216847

Open rooms

84209

Pipeline rooms

Figures include IHG's 12 unbranded hotels (8,507 rooms), and 3 hotels in the pipeline.

Data as of September 30, 2019

443

Open hotels

397

Pipeline hotels

129943

Open rooms

86646

Pipeline rooms

Figures include IHG’s 9 unbranded hotels (6,656 rooms).

Data as of September 30, 2019

5795

Open hotels

1941

Pipeline hotels

864699

Open rooms

289135

Pipeline rooms

Figures include IHG’s 128 unbranded, PAL and InterContinental Alliance hotels (39,012 rooms), and 20 hotels in the pipeline.

Data as of September 30, 2019

Kimpton Everly Hotel, CA

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Our history

200 years in hospitality.
It's a passion.

The story of how we got here goes back a long way.

View IHG's complete history
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1777

William Bass opens a brewery in Burton-on-Trent, UK

IHG®’s story starts here, as Bass begins a journey from local brewery to global hospitality player, acquiring what would become world-famous hotel brands along the way.

1946

Hospitality begins to take flight

Pan American Airways founder, Juan Trippe, founds the InterContinental® brand, embarking on a vision to provide luxury accommodation at the end of every flight.

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1952

Holiday Inn® opens its doors in Memphis, Tennessee

On a family trip to Washington DC, businessman Kemmons Wilson has the idea of providing travelling families with comfortable and affordable accommodation they could trust. Starting in Memphis, his vision would become a reality in a big way.

1954

Holiday Inn® is the first hotel brand to franchise

Pioneering a new business concept, franchising was adopted as a strategy to expand the Holiday Inn® brand. And it worked, with worldwide growth just around the corner.

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1963

InterContinental® and Martin Luther King

Sat in his suite at InterContinental® The Willard Hotel, Martin Luther King puts the finishing touches to his now famous ‘I have a dream’ speech on the night before the pivotal Washington civil rights rally.

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1965

Holiday Inn® launches Holidex, the world’s first computerised hotel reservation system

Kemmons Wilson’s pioneering spirit continues as Holiday Inn launches Holidex®, the world’s first electronic reservation system. Booking a room would never be the same again.

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1981

Boutique is born with Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants

Decades before Kimpton joins forces with IHG, Bill Kimpton founds a different kind of hotel experience. Inspired by his European travels and a desire for a more bespoke stay, his idea was simple – a stay that was more beautiful, liveable and stylish. The idea caught on.

1983

Holiday Inn® gives business travellers Crowne Plaza®

The first Crowne Plaza® in Rockville, Maryland, brought a new style of service and facilities for guests travelling on business.

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Industry's first loyalty program arrives

Priority Club Rewards, the industry’s first loyalty program, is launched by Holiday Inn, rewarding guests every time they stay.

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1988

Bass makes its move into the hotel industry

The acquisition of Holiday Inn International (excluding North America) represented the first significant step by Bass to gain a foothold in the hospitality industry.

1990

Bass takes full control of Holiday Inn®; Holiday Inn Express® joins the party

Bass buys the remaining North American part of the Holiday Inn business and, owning the world-famous brand entirely, sets its sights on expansion. Its first move is to launch Holiday Inn Express® , aimed at smart travelers with a new service style.

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1995

Candlewood Suites®, the home from home hotel, arrives

Years before it becomes part of the IHG family, Jack DeBoer founds the extended stay concept with the launch of his Candlewood Suites® brand, introducing free guest laundry and a 24hr locker for the first time.

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1995

An online revolution

Holiday Inn takes the world’s first hotel booking over the internet.

1997

Bass launches Staybridge Suites®

Bass launches Staybridge Suites® by Holiday Inn across North America, looking after travelers spending long periods away from home. At the same time, Bass sells its North American midscale hotel buildings but retains control of their branding through innovative franchise agreements.

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1998

Bass adds InterContinental® to its growing hotel portfolio

Bass buys the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand, and takes Juan Trippe’s vision worldwide.

2001

Bass gets a new name: Six Continents plc

Emphasising the company’s global spread, the name was chosen after more than 10,000 staff submitted suggestions, and was already in use as the name of Bass's Inter-Continental hotels loyalty scheme.

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2003

IHG® is born

Six Continents plc splits into two, creating a separate hotels and soft drinks company named InterContinental Hotels Group plc (IHG), and a retail business called Mitchells & Butlers plc. The split completes in April 2003 and IHG becomes a standalone company.

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2003

IHG® acquires Candlewood Suites

Complementing its Staybridge Suites extended stay brand, the addition of Candlewood Suites gives IHG a big presence in the US.

2004

IHG® launches boutique brand Hotel Indigo

The first of many Hotel Indigo® properties designed to reflect their surroundings so that no two are ever alike, IHG’s Hotel Indigo brand starts life in the eclectic arts and entertainment district of Midtown Atlanta, US.

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2007

A new brand for Holiday Inn® and a $1bn refresh

Holiday Inn Resort® is launched as a destination for family fun and relaxation, and IHG announces a $1 billion refresh of the Holiday Inn brand family, the industry’s biggest ever investment.

2009

IHG® starts to build sustainable hotels with IHG® Green Engage

IHG’s Green Engage™ system launches, helping hotels globally to measure, monitor, manage and report on energy, carbon, water and waste.

Read more on IHG Green Engage here.
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2010

IHG® is the first to offer a booking app across all platforms

Connecting guests with hotels all over the world, wherever they are.

Read more on IHG Green Engage here.

2012

IHG® launches EVEN® Hotels brand

Launched in the US, EVEN® Hotels is built on growing demand for a hotel brand that helps wellness-minded travelers maintain their balance on the road.

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2012

IHG® unveils HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts in China

With HUALUXE® translating from Hua, which means majestic China, and luxe representing luxury, IHG introduces the first international hotel brand designed specifically for Chinese guests.

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2013

IHG® Rewards Club brings new benefits to guests

Priority Club Rewards, now the industry’s largest and oldest loyalty program, is relaunched as IHG® Rewards Club. Bigger and better, it includes free internet access across all hotels globally – an industry first.

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2015

IHG® buys Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants

Now a famous brand in the US with a cult following, IHG buys the Kimpton® brand with the aim of sharing it with the world. Announced in 2014, the deal completes in January 2015.

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2017

IHG® extends mainstream leadership with launch of avid™ hotels

Redefining every day travel for millions of Americans, avid™ hotels introduces a fresh, new high-quality midscale hotel brand to IHG’s portfolio.

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2017

Roll out starts of next generation guest booking system – IHG® Concerto

50 years on from introducing Holidex, IHG begins roll-out of its cloud-based hotel platform, IHG Concerto™, which includes its next generation Guest Reservation System. A game-changer for the industry.

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2018

Regent® Hotels & Resorts joins the IHG® family

IHG buys a 51% stake in the Regent Hotels & Resorts brand, securing a strong presence at the top end of the luxury segment.

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2018

IHG® launches new upscale brand, voco™

Combining the informality and charm of an individual hotel, with the quality and reassurance of a global and trusted brand, IHG strengthens its offer in the fast-growing upscale segment with the launch of voco™ hotels.

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