InterContinental Hotels Group
|Type||Public limited company|
|Traded as||LSE: IHG, NYSE: IHG|
|Founded||15 April 2003 (origins trace back to 1777)|
|Headquarters||Denham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom|
|Key people||Patrick Cescau (Chairman)
Richard Solomons (CEO)
|Revenue||US$1,835 million (2012)|
|Operating income||US$614 million (2012)|
|Net income||US$545 million (2012)|
Holiday Inn Express
InterContinental Hotels Group plc (informally InterContinental Hotels or IHG) (LSE: IHG, NYSE: IHG) is a British multinational hotels company headquartered in Denham, United Kingdom. It is the largest hotels company in the world measured by rooms (with 646,000 as of January 2010), and has over 4,600 hotels across over 100 countries. Its brands include Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Even, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Hualuxe, InterContinental and Staybridge Suites. Approximately 3,900 of its hotels operate under franchise agreements, 652 are managed by the company but separately owned and 10 are directly owned.
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 trademark was the first registered in the United Kingdom.
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 Kemmons Wilson and expanded into North America.
Pan American Airways founder Juan Trippe established the InterContinental brand as a division of PanAm and opened the first hotel in Belém, Brazil in 1946. In 1981, holding company InterContinental Hotels Corporation (IHC) was sold to UK-based company Grand Metropolitan. 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.
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.
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 and IHG focusing on hotels and soft drinks. IHG retained Britvic, the soft drinks division, until December 2005 when it sold its interest in the company by an initial public offering.
IHG is primarily engaged in managing hotels owned by other parties and in franchising its hotel brands. That is, it sells its expertise in hotel management, systems, and marketing, while leaving investment in real property, which is far more capital intensive, requires different skills, and has a different risk profile, primarily to its partners. This is not an unusual arrangement in the hotel industry. The 16 corporately-owned hotels include many key properties of company's flagship InterContinental brand.
IHG currently operates and/or franchises hotels in the following countries:
- Candlewood Suites
- Crowne Plaza
- Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, the number two hotel brand in the world by number of rooms
- Holiday Inn Club Vacations
- Holiday Inn Express (formerly known as Express by Holiday Inn in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and South America
- Hotel Indigo
- Staybridge Suites
Priority Club Rewards 
Priority Club Rewards is IHG's worldwide loyalty program. With 60 million global members, Priority Club is the largest loyalty program in the hotel industry. Priority Club Rewards will rebrand itself as "IHG Rewards Club" in July 2013. 
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.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: InterContinental hotels|
- Corporate website
- Customer website
- IHG Corporate History
- IHG Global Hotel Directory
- Yahoo profile
- Priority Club Rewards
- A history of the Intercontinental Hotels Group by cosmopolis.ch
- Priority Club website