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

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has over 180 hotels, located in more than 60 countries across the globe. With over 60 years of expertise, the Intercontinental brand is recognized as one of the world’s leading luxury hotel and resort brands.


In 1946, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts® was born of Pan Am's vision of mass international air travel, with the first hotel opening in Belém, Brazil to accommodate crews and passengers in destinations where 5-star hotels were not yet present.

The brand began came from the inspiration of two visionary men, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the late President of the United States and Juan Terry Trippe, former President of Pan American Airways. At a White House breakfast one day in 1945, the two discussed their concern for Latin America’s need for development dollars. Out of the meeting came a practical conclusion: One way to attract businessmen and tourists would be to offer them good hotels. Trippe agreed that Pan Am, with the support of U.S. government institutions as the Export-Import Bank, could form a subsidiary to foster the endeavour – and on April 3, 1946, Intercontinental Hotel Corporation was born. 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.

Key history timeline[edit]

1950s During the Cannes Film Festival in 1955, Grace Kelly met His Serene Highness (HSH) Prince Rainier III of Monaco at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes.

1960s InterContinental Hotels & Resorts was the first international hotel chain to open a property in the Middle East – in 1961 InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut opened in Lebanon.

1970s In 1973 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts opened its first hotel in the USA – InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco.

1980s During the 1980s, 70 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts opened, including the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the InterContinental Paris Le Grand in France, the Willard InterContinental Washington D.C.InterContinentalin the USA and the InterContinental Seoul in South Korea.

2000s In 2008 InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts opened the InterContinental Beijing Beichen and the InterContinental Qingdao in China – in celebration of the 2008 Olympic Games.

2010s InterContinental Hotels & Resorts continues to grow and has great hotels and resorts in all the world’s best locations.


World Travel Awards 2014

InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts has been named, The World’s Leading Hotel Brand for the sixth consecutive year at The World Travel Awards™ 2014.

Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts also won five other prestigious brand awards:

- Asia’s Leading Business Hotel Brand

- Australasia’s Leading Hotel Brand

- Mexico & Central America’s Leading Hotel Brand

- North America’s Leading Hotel Brand

Individual InterContinental Hotels & Resorts also won over forty accolades At World Travel Awards™ ceremonies around the globe.

Business Traveller Awards 2014

InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts was named Best Hotel Brand Worldwide at The Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2014.

A number of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts also won Accolades at various Business Traveller Awards Ceremonies around the world:

- InterContinental® London Park Lane was named Best Business Hotel in the UK

- Phoenicia InterContinental® Beirut was named Best Business Hotel in Beirut

- InterContinental® Cairo Citystars was named Best Business Hotel in Cairo

- InterContinental® Jeddah was named Best Business Hotel in Jeddah

Responsible business[edit]

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts use the IHG® Green Engage system, an online sustainability management system that tracks a hotel’s environmental performance and recommends ways to improve it. From energy and water use to waste management the system helps their hotels use fewer resources, preserving the authentic nature of destinations. Their commitment to Responsible Business is being activated around the world. Using their Green Engage tools, they have helped their hotels and resorts reduce energy consumption by up to 25%. Through IHG's Shelter in a Storm programme, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts receive guidance on when and how best to respond when disasters occur. When a disaster occurs, funds from the IHG Shelter Fund can be allocated to enable their hotels to respond quickly and effectively to support their guests, employees and the local community with financial support, vital supplies and accommodation. The IHG Academy is a collaboration between individuals, IHG hotels, corporate offices, local education providers and/or community organisations. The IHG Academy provides local people with opportunities to develop skills and improve their employment prospects in one of the world's largest hotel companies. Within a consistent framework, each IHG Academy is tailored to meet the needs of local communities as well as hotels around the world.

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 Sydney Double Bay 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



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