IHG updates brand for 2021

US: InterContinental Hotels Group has updated its brand, aiming to better communicate the company’s message to consumers. IHG has announced its new identity as IHG Hotels & Resorts. The brand refresh reflects the company’s growth to 16 brands with 6,000 hotels across 100 countries. It includes new designs, colours, photography and font, as


Mr & Mrs Smith now available under IHG

Worldwide: Mr & Mrs Smith properties are now available to book under IHG as the first phase of the joint loyalty programme is rolled out. Over 400 handpicked Mr & Mrs Smith hotels are now available to book by IHG Rewards members through IHG’s direct channels. The full selection of

Movers and Shakers

SH Hotels & Resorts appoints VP of development

Europe: Josh Littman has been appointed the vice president of development for Europe at SH Hotels & Resorts. Littman comes to the role with 20 years of experience spanning on-property sales and marketing to real estate development. He will spearhead the 1 Hotels, Baccarat Hotels and Treehouse Hotels brand’s European


OTA Insight announces IHG partnership

UK: InterContintental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed up to the use of Parity Insight, OTA Insight’s end-to-end parity solution. OTA Insight is a cloud-based data intelligence platform for the hospitality industry. Its platform integrates with other industry tools such as hotel property management systems, RMS solutions, and data benchmarking providers.


IHG partners with Mr & Mrs Smith

UK: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Mr & Mrs Smith have announced an exclusive loyalty partnership. From early next year, IHG Rewards Club members will be able to earn and redeem points at more than 500 Mr & Mrs Smith hotels when booking through IHG’s direct channels (including and


Hospitality M&A: a story of OpCos and PropCos

Andrew Harrington of AHV Associates looks at the increasing levels of merger and acquisition activity in the hospitality sector. As the world continues to experience relatively low interest rates, excessive liquidity and high stock prices, M&A activity has reached record levels. In the first nine months of 2018, deals worth


IHG launches Voco upscale brand and signs first property

UK/Australia: InterContinental Hotels Group has launched Voco, its new upscale hotel brand, alongside announcing a first signing for the brand in Australia. Voco will focus primarily on conversion opportunities and will strengthen IHG’s offer in the $40 billion upscale segment, which is expected to grow by a further $20 billion


Q and A: Kevork Deldelian, COO, Millennium and Copthorne Hotels MEA

When and where is the first Agarwood branded hotel opening? We have entered into an agreement with Al Madina Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality arm of Al Madina Real Estate Company, to develop the Group’s Agarwood hotel brand in Oman, UAE. This is the global debut for the brand and