InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) announced that the opening of the Hotel Indigo® Lower East Side New York as its 5,000th hotel globally. This outstanding achievement illustrates the strength of IHG’s leading portfolio of brands that spread into nearly 100 countries worldwide. This landmark New York property is located in one of Manhattan’s most attractive neighbourhoods and reinforces IHG’s leadership position in the boutique segment, the fastest growing in the hotel industry.
Richard Solomons, Chief Executive Officer, IHG, commented, “Reaching 5,000 open hotels with the addition of the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York is an incredible milestone for IHG. It is testament to our well-established, long-term strategy for high-quality growth, and the strength of our brands, which focus on distinct segments to cater to a broad range of guest needs and occasions.
In December 2003, the number of IHG properties globally totalled just over 3,500. Since then, a net 1,500 hotels have been added to the portfolio, with IHG’s emphasis on quality driving guest satisfaction levels to an all-time high. This includes the hospitality industry’s largest ever brand refresh for the Holiday Inn® brand family, during which IHG removed more than 1,000 properties across the brand’s estate and re-launched a further 3,300.
Commenting on the occasion, Shantha De Silva, Head of South West Asia, IHG, said: “Our growth in recent years has been remarkable and it is attributed to our focus on strengthening our portfolio across key markets. India is one of our key growth markets for IHG, globally and it holds our third largest pipeline, behind only the US and China. We currently have 25 hotels in 14 cities open across our four brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and Holiday Inn Express in India, with a further 51 hotels in our development plan. In line with our robust expansion plans, our aim is to have 150 hotels open or in the pipeline in the next 10 - 15 years, in India and we are well on our way to reach that target.”
2015 has been a noteworthy year for IHG in India and has marked 50 years of company’s journey in the country.
To mark the occasion, IHG has released details of several other recent landmark hotel openings around the world. Each opening contributed to IHG breaking through the 5,000-hotel milestone and forms part of IHG’s ‘5,000Club’.