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InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
Industry Hotels
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. In operation for over 60 years, the Intercontinental brand is one of the world’s major luxury hotel and resort brands.


In 1946, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts was introduced from 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 upscale hotels were not yet present.

The brand was thought up of by United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Juan Terry Trippe, former President of Pan American Airways. At a White House breakfast in 1945, the two men discussed their concern for Latin America’s need for development dollars. The men thought that one way to attract businessmen and tourists would be to offer luxury 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 implementation of the idea. On April 3, 1946, Intercontinental Hotel Corporation was legitimized. Today, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts operates globally, 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]

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 U.S. – 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., 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.


World Travel Awards 2014

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts was named "The World’s Leading Hotel Brand" for the sixth consecutive year at The World Travel Awards 2014.

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

It also received awards in other areas as well.

Business Traveller Awards 2014

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

Individual InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties also won accolades at various Business Traveller Awards Ceremonies around the world.

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. The hotel chain also uses Green Engage tools to help their hotels and resorts reduce energy consumption by up to 25%. Its Shelter in a Storm program involves the receipt of 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 hotels to support their guests, employees and the local community with financial support, supplies and accommodation. The brand also operates an IHG Academy that schools local people to develop skills for work.

Notable properties[edit]



Central America[edit]


Middle East[edit]

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
  • InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, Tahiti, French Polynesia



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