This article needs additional citations for . verification (June 2012) InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is a brand of luxury hotels. Founded in 1946 by Pan American World Airways under Juan Trippe, it is now owned by the InterContinental Hotels Group. The chain operates over 183 hotels and resorts in more than 60 nations. [1 ] History [edit ]
InterContinental Hotel began on April 4, 1946, when the first hotel opened in
Belém, Brazil, to accommodate Pan American World Airways crews and passengers in destinations where 5-star hotels were not yet present. The number of hotels grew with the development of the airline's routes, in South America and the Caribbean first, then reaching Europe, the Middle-East, and Asia. Following the strategy of its parent company, which development was predominantly based upon its international flights, InterContinental Hotels opened gradually outside of the US before entering the country as late as 1975 with the landmark InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel. [2 ]
In 1981, holding company InterContinental Hotels Corporation was sold to UK-based company
Grand Metropolitan. As GrandMet focused its core business, ICH was sold in 1988 to Japanese based Saison Group. In 1998, Bass Brewery acquired ICH. [3 ]
Bass was itself split in two, its brewing assets being sold to
Interbrew whilst the remaining part of the company became Six Continents PLC, focusing on hotel, restaurant and beverages business. When the company split itself in two, IHG was created in 2003 and today retains the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand as part of its portfolio, along with midscale Holiday Inn and upscale Crowne Plaza. [4 ]
Interestingly, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts now operates a rather evenly located portfolio, with 37 properties in North America, compared to 31 in Europe, 29 in the Middle East, 19 in Latin America and 51 in Asia Pacific.
[5 ] Criticism [edit ]
InterContinental hotels became the target of an international boycott campaign in May 2013, over parent company International Hotels Group's 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". IHG responded that "IHG's hotels create jobs and drive tourism income in the communities where they operate, thereby helping to increase living standards in Lhasa and wider Tibet." [6 ] Awards [edit ]
On 30th November 2013 at the World Travel Awards in the La Cigale Hotel in Doha, Qatar, the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts won the category for "Worlds Leading Hotel Brand 2013".
[7 ] Notable properties [edit ] Africa [edit ] InterContinental City Stars, Cairo, Egypt InterContinental Asmara, Asmara, Eritrea InterContinental Sandton Towers, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa InterContinental Mauritius, Balaclava, Mauritius InterContinental Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya InterContinental Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria InterContinental Lusaka, Lusaka, Zambia Asia [edit ] Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas, Seoul, South Korea InterContinental Asiana Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam InterContinental Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand InterContinental COEX, Seoul, South Korea InterContinental Dalian, People's Republic of China InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Danang, Vietnam InterContinental Grand Stanford, Hong Kong, Hong Kong InterContinental Manila, Makati, Philippines InterContinental Chengdu, Chengdu, People's Republic of China InterContinental Chongqing, Chongqing, People's Republic of China InterContinental Hangzhou, Hangzhou, People's Republic of China InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, Hanoi, Vietnam InterContinental Hanoi Landmark 72, Hanoi, Vietnam InterContinental Hong Kong, Hong Kong InterContinental Hotel Alpensia PyongChang Resort, Pyongchang, Gangwon-do, South Korea InterContinental Hotel The Grand, Yokohama, Japan InterContinental Huizhou, Huizhou, People's Republic of China InterContinental Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia InterContinental Manza Beach, Okinawa, Japan InterContinental Marine Drive Mumbai, Mumbai, India InterContinental Mid-Plaza, Jakarta, Indonesia InterContinental Nanjing, Nanjing, People's Republic of China InterContinental Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia InterContinental Resort Bali, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Thailand InterContinental Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai, People's Republic of China InterContinental Suzhou, Suzhou, People's Republic of China InterContinental Singapore, Singapore InterContinental, The Grand, Delhi, India InterContinental Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan InterContinental Tokyo Bay, Tokyo, Japan Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental, Songjiang, China Central America [edit ] Real InterContinental Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala Real InterContinental San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador Real InterContinental Tegucigalpa, Tegucigalpa, Honduras Real InterContinental San Pedro Sula, San Pedro Sula, Honduras Real InterContinental Metrocentro Managua, Managua, Nicaragua Real InterContinental Hotel & Club Tower Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica InterContinental Miramar Panama, Panama City, Panama InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa, Panama City, Panama Europe [edit ] InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Athenaeum InterContinental, Athens, Greece InterContinental Berchtesgaden Resort, Berchtesgaden, Germany InterContinental Budapest Hotel, Budapest, Hungary InterContinental Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania InterContinental Berlin, Berlin, Germany (To be terminated) InterContinental Carlton Cannes, Cannes, France Le Grand Hotel Intercontinental, Paris, France InterContinental Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany InterContinental Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany InterContinental Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland Intercontinental Hamburg, Germany Ceylan InterContinental Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey InterContinental La Torre, Murcia, Spain InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel, London, United Kingdom InterContinental London Westminster, London, United Kingdom InterContinental Malta, St. Julian's, Malta InterContinental Marseille, Marseille, France InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya, Moscow, Russian Federation InterContinental Porto, Porto, Portugal InterContinental Praha, Prague, Czech Republic InterContinental Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland InterContinental Kyiv, Kiev, Ukraine InterContinental at Aphrodite hills, Paphos, Cyprus InterContinental Vienna, Vienna, Austria Middle East [edit ] David InterContinental Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel InterContinental Al Jubail, Jubail, Saudi Arabia InterContinental Al Khobar, Khobar, Saudi Arabia InterContinental Amman, Amman, Jordan InterContinental Aqaba, Aqaba, Jordan InterContinental Bethlehem (Jacir Palace), Bethlehem, West Bank InterContinental Dar Al Tawhid Makkah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia InterContinental Dubai Festival City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Intercontinental Hotel, Doha, Qatar InterContinental Jericho, Jericho, West Bank InterContinental Le Vendôme, Beirut, Lebanon InterContinental Makkah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia InterContinental Muscat, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman InterContinental Mzaar, Kardebian, Lebanon InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon North America [edit ] InterContinental Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia, United States InterContinental Los Angeles, Century City, California, United States InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, Missouri, United States InterContinental Boston, Massachusetts, United States. InterContinental The Barclay, New York City, New York, United States InterContinental Time Square, New York City, New York, United States InterContinental Chicago, Illinois, United States InterContinental Cleveland, Ohio, United States InterContinental Dallas, Texas, United States InterContinental at Doral Miami, Florida, United States InterContinental Miami, Florida, United States InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, Nob Hill, San Francisco, California, United States InterContinental San Francisco, California, United States InterContinental Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States InterContinental New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Willard InterContinental Washington, Washington, D.C., United States InterContinental The Clement Monterey, California, United States InterContinental Presidente Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico InterContinental Presidente Puebla, Puebla, Mexico Montelucia Resort & Spa, an InterContinental Alliance Resort, Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States InterContinental Presidente, Mexico City, Mexico InterContinental Toronto Centre, Ontario, Canada InterContinental Toronto-Yorkville, Ontario, Canada InterContinental Montreal, Quebec, Canada InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Austin, Texas, United States South America [edit ] InterContinental Cali, Cali, Colombia InterContinental Medellín, Medellín, Colombia InterContinental Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela InterContinental Maracaibo, Maracaibo, Venezuela InterContinental Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina InterContinental Santiago de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile InterContinental Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina Oceania [edit ] InterContinental Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto, Melbourne, Australia InterContinental Sydney, Sydney, Australia InterContinental Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, Australia InterContinental Le Moana Spa and Resort, Bora Bora, French Polynesia InterContinental Bora Bora and Thalasso Spa, Bora Bora, French Polynesia Gallery [edit ] References [edit ] External links [edit ]