InterContinental Hotels Group

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InterContinental Hotels Group plc
Public limited company
Traded as LSEIHG
FTSE 100 Component
Industry Conglomerate (Hotels)
Founded 2003 April 15 (origins trace back to 1777)
Headquarters Denham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Key people
Christopher Marshall (Chairman)
Keith Barr
Services Hospitality
Revenue $1,715 million (2016)[1]
$707 million (2016)[1]
$417 million (2016)[1]
Number of employees
28,589 (2016)[2]
Divisions Candlewood Suites
Crowne Plaza
Even Hotels
Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Hotel Indigo
IHG Army Hotels
Staybridge Suites

InterContinental Hotels Group plc, informally InterContinental Hotels or IHG, is a British multinational hotels company headquartered in Denham, UK.[3] IHG has over 766,000 rooms and 5,174 hotels across nearly 100 countries.[4] Its brands include Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Even Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Hualuxe, InterContinental, Kimpton Hotels and Resorts and Staybridge Suites.[5] Of the 5,174 hotels, 4,321 operate under franchise agreements, 845 are managed by the company but separately owned, and 8 are directly owned.[6]


Bass Hotels

The origins of InterContinental Hotels Group can be traced back to 1777, when William Bass established the Bass Brewery in Burton-upon-Trent. In 1876, its red triangle logo was the first ever trademark registered in the United Kingdom.[7]

In 1989, the British Government limited the number of pubs which brewers could directly own, resulting in Bass investing in the expansion of its small line of hotels. In 1990, it purchased Holiday Inn International from shareholders and expanded into North America.[7]


Pan American Airways founder Juan Trippe established the Intercontinental Hotels chain as a division of PanAm and opened the first hotel in Belém, Brazil in 1946. On August 19, 1981, PanAm sold holding company Inter-Continental Hotels Corporation (IHC) to UK-based Grand Metropolitan for $500 million.[8] As GrandMet focused its core business and expanded into fast food through the purchase of Burger King, it sold IHC to Japanese-based Saison Group in 1988.[citation needed]

In March 1998, Saison Group sold IHC to British brewery Bass, which traces its roots back to 1777, when William Bass established the Bass Brewery in Burton-upon-Trent. In 1988, in reaction to the British government limiting the number of pubs which brewers could directly own, Bass invested in the expansion of its small line of hotels. In 2000, Bass sold its brewing assets (and the rights to the Bass name) to the major Belgian brewer Interbrew for £2.3 billion and changed its name to Six Continents.[7]

In 2003, the independent corporation InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) was created after Six Continents split into two companies: Mitchells & Butlers took control of the restaurant assets[9] and IHG focusing on hotels and soft drinks.[7] IHG retained Britvic, the soft drinks division, until December 2005 when it sold its interest in the company by an initial public offering.[10] In April/May 2014 the company reportedly rejected a $10 billion takeover bid from an unknown suitor, believed to be Starwood.[11]

In April 2017 the company announced that it been the subject of a malware attack and that hackers had stolen credit card details.[12]


The company worldwide headquarters and Europe offices are in Denham, Buckinghamshire in England.[13][14] The Americas office is in Dunwoody, Georgia in Greater Atlanta.[13][15] The Asia, Middle East, and Africa offices are in Singapore. The Greater China offices are in Pudong, Shanghai.[13]

In 2006, IHG and Lend Lease Group (Lend Lease US Public Partnerships), joined forces in the Privatization of Army Lodging program.[16] IHG Army Hotels is a division of IHG that manages on-post hotels and lodgings in 39 different locations in the U.S., including Puerto Rico.[17]


International boycott

The InterContinental Hotels Group became the target of an international boycott campaign in May 2013 over their plan to operate an Intercontinental-brand luxury hotel in Lhasa, Tibet. According to campaigners from the Free Tibet campaign, the hotel was a "PR coup for the Chinese government".[18]

Price fixing

In July 2012 the Office of Fair Trading alleged that IHG broke competition law by preventing online travel agents from discounting the price of room-only hotel accommodation. In February 2014, IHG agreed to end the practice of price fixing.[19]

Data breach

In February 2017 the hotel chain admitted to a data breach. They asserted that the compromise was rather minor, having only impacted 12 properties. However, in April 2017 it raised the number to 1200 hotels. The attackers installed malware designed to access payment card data – which could be used to clone cards and make fraudulent payments.[20]

VAT rules

In May 2012 the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) warned IHG that it must not use adverts showing prices for hotel rooms excluding VAT. Because the ASA thought the adverts were likely to be viewed by consumers who must pay VAT, it decided the adverts were misleading. It ordered IHG that the ads must not appear in their current form again. However, in August 2012 a report by Which? magazine showed that the hotel chain was still breaching VAT rules.[21]

Living wage

In 2012 the hotel group pledged to phase in pay rises over the next five years in each of its eight managed hotels in London. This was supposed to ensure its staff members would receive the living wage.[clarification needed] In 2014 the Unite Union organised a demonstration demanding the hotel group keep to its promise. In November 2017 the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, accused the hotel chain of reneging on a commitment. As of November 2017[when?] the company does still not pay the living wage.[22]


Atrium interior at the Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport in Sarasota, Florida; 3 or 4 star upmarket hotel
An Uptown Houston Hotel Indigo
InterContinental Foshan

IHG Group has several brands:

Notable properties

The Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport is the former terminal building of Liverpool Speke Airport, constructed in the 1930s and used until 1986. Its notable art deco features led to its listing as a heritage building, and subsequent adaption as a hotel.[27] The hotel in the Wilshire Grand Tower in downtown Los Angeles is the largest InterContinental in the Americas and the tallest building in Los Angeles.[28]

Other notorious buildings include the historical InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel and InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel in France as well as the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The InterContinental Davos is also well-known for its modern architecture.


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  2. ^ "Number of employees of the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) from 2007 to 2015". Statista. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "InterContinental Hotels Group PLC ADS". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "IHG overview". InterContinental Hotels Group. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Profile:InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG)". Reuters. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Annual Report 2012" (PDF). IHG. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Our History". Intercontinental Hotels Group. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Pan Am Unit Sale". New York Times. 11 September 1981. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Our History". Mitchells & Butlers. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Nick Golding (12 January 2005). "Britvic IPO sees staff get £750 shares each". Employee Benefits Group. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "InterContinental refuses a takeover bid worth $10bn, claims report". International Travel News. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Holiday Inn hotel chain reveals malware attack that stole credit card info". USA Today. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c "Contact Us". InterContinental Hotels Group. Archived from the original on 17 August 2014. Global headquarters and Europe office InterContinental Hotels Group PLC Broadwater Park Denham Buckinghamshire UB9 5HR UK 
  14. ^ "Denham Location Map" (PDF). InterContinental Hotels Group. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. IHG, Broadwater Park North Orbital Road, Denham, Buckinghamshire UB9 5HR 
  15. ^ "Map of Dunwoody". City of Dunwoody. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "Privatized Army Lodging". Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "IHG Army Hotels portfolio to reach 39 U.S. military installations". Hotel Management. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  18. ^ Branigan, Tania (23 May 2013). "Tibetan activists launch boycott of InterContinental over hotel plans". Retrieved 18 November 2017 – via 
  19. ^ George, Sara (31 January 2014). "Investigation into the hotel online booking sector". Archived from the original on 2 April 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  20. ^ Osborne, Charlie. "InterContinental data breach expands from 12 to 1,200 hotels - ZDNet". Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  21. ^ "Hotels chains 'breaching VAT rules'". 5 February 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2017 – via 
  22. ^ Inman, Phillip (10 November 2017). "Sadiq Khan: Holiday Inn owner has broken vow to pay living wage". Retrieved 18 November 2017 – via 
  23. ^ "InterContinental Hotels Group PLC : Our brands – Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts". 4 April 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  24. ^ "The Top 43 Hotel Brands Ranked by Number of Rooms". Hotel-Online. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  25. ^ "IHG PLC – Holiday Inn Club Vacations fact sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  26. ^ "InterContinental Hotels Group PLC : Our brands – Holiday Inn Express". 4 April 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  27. ^ "Recent History and Current Developments". Friends of Liverpool Airport. Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  28. ^ Vincent, Roger (23 September 2014) "Hotel under construction in downtown L.A. will be an InterContinental" Los Angeles Times.

External links

  • A history of the Intercontinental Hotels Group by
  • Information of Public Interest - Holiday Inn Express Leigh
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