IHG hits 1,000 APAC properties, signals bright future ahead

IHG hits 1,000 APAC properties, signals bright future ahead
Edited by Travel Weekly

    IHG Hotels & Resorts has surpassed the 1,000 hotel milestone in Asia Pacific (APAC).

    IHG has welcomed guests at many outstanding new properties in APAC over the past year, with openings across many of its brands including Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Vignette Collection, voco hotels and Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts.

    Rajit Sukumaran, SVP & managing director, East Asia & Pacific (EAPAC), IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “To hit 1,000 open hotels in Asia Pacific – including more than 700 in Greater China – is a fantastic achievement for IHG in one of the most dynamic regions in the world.

    “We’re seizing the great long-term opportunities by investing in our brands, delivering great returns for our owners, and driving growth in our markets.

    “We know that people have a fundamental desire to travel and meet in person and, whether it’s for leisure or business, we’re there for them and offer a wonderful selection of hotel brands and experiences for all types of travel.

    “We’re achieving this by maintaining our industry-leading position in the Mainstream segment through our much-loved Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands, which make up more than half of IHG’s existing portfolio and half of its pipeline in APAC.

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    “We’re also investing in our six Luxury & Lifestyle brands, which account for 22 per cent of our global pipeline, around twice the amount five years ago. We have built up a strong presence in this segment in the region, with 45 per cent of the global Luxury & Lifestyle pipeline in APAC. It is home to about 60 per cent of our InterContinental brand’s global pipeline, as well as iconic award-winning hotels across Six Senses and Regent. There are also many great examples of our Kimpton and Hotel Indigo brands, and it’s great to see Vignette Collection, IHG’s first collection brand, resonating so well with guests and owners alike.

    “We recognise the power of conversions and with 36 per cent of our global signings in conversions, we intend to grow our brand portfolio in APAC in this space – including Garner, our new midscale conversion brand, which will soon have three properties in Osaka, Japan, and which has a great future across the region.”

    The APAC region is poised to see the most rapid growth in passenger traffic globally over the long term and newly relaxed travel arrangements – including visa-waiver agreements between countries, and the creation of new flight routes and new airlines– are boosting demand for hotel stays in APAC.

    IHG is ideally placed to grasp this opportunity, thanks to an expanding pipeline of 705 hotels, in 22 countries across 13 brands, supported by its IHG One Rewards loyalty programme, which has grown rapidly to have over 130 million members around the world.

    Business travel bookings, including for groups and meetings, are also on the up, with APAC accounting for the largest share of global business travel spend and poised to reach US$800 billion by 2027. This includes the return of large conferences and events such as the upcoming World Business Forum in Singapore.

    Featured Image: New Zealand – InterContinental Auckland 2024

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