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InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
Industry Hotel
Founded 1946
Founder Juan Trippe
Number of locations
183 hotels & resorts
Area served
Parent InterContinental Hotels Group

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]


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]


InterContinental hotels became the target of an international boycott campaign in May 2013, over parent company InterContinental 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]


On 30 November 2013 at the World Travel Awards in the La Cigale Hotel in Doha, Qatar, the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts won the category for "World's Leading Hotel Brand 2013".[7]

Notable properties[edit]



Central America[edit]


Middle East[edit]

Today there are three Intercontinental Hotels in Beirut, the highest number in single Middle East country

North America[edit]

South America[edit]


  • InterContinental Adelaide, Adelaide, 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



  1. ^ "ABOUT INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS". InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Juan Terry Trippe, Founder of Pan Am World Airways and InterContinental Hotels: Aviation Genius, Financial Wizard and Hotel Pioneer" (PDF). Stanley Turkel, MHS, ISHC. 2007. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  3. ^ "InterContinental Hotels Group PLC : Our brands - InterContinental Hotels & Resorts". 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  4. ^ "InterContinental Hotels Group PLC : Our brands". 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  5. ^ "InterContinental Hotels & Resorts - Interactive Map". InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  6. ^ The Guardian 24 May 2013 Tibetan activists launch boycott of InterContinental over hotel plans accessed 15 July 2013
  7. ^ "World's Leading Hotel Brand 2013". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 

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