News for the Hospitality Executive
New Delhi, India, May 30 2011 - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announced the opening of its Global Sales Office (GSO) in India. Located in New Delhi and Mumbai, the GSO will allow IHG to drive increased business efficiency, better serve its key clients and bring the strength of IHG’s global scale to this fast growing market.
India presents an exciting growth market for IHG with strong demand across all segments. Given the robust outlook for India’s tourism and hospitality industry, the GSO will address India’s increasing outbound tourism market. The GSO will offer IHG’s key clients in India a single point of contact to access its global hotel inventory of over 650,000 rooms (more than 4,400 hotels) across seven different brands. This powerful platform gives clients a variety of hotel products in over a 100 countries and territories across multiple segment categories.
Chris Moloney, Chief Operating Officer, South West Asia, IHG said, “We are positioning ourselves for future growth in India and are making significant investments in people and facilities. The establishment of the GSO is a part of that strategy. By streamlining our sales office, we can better meet the needs of our customer’s, offer more customized stays and meetings options and drive great benefits to them by leveraging IHG’s system size.”
IHG customers can expect a seamless experience when they establish contact with the GSO through staff who are fully trained and equipped to meet their hotel, conference or meetings needs.
Leanne Harwood, Director Sales, Asia Australasia & Director Commercial South East Asia, IHG said, “We are extremely excited to launch the GSO in India. As India and Indian companies grow at a rapid pace, there’s strong need to align resources and collectively meet the demands of a high growth economy. The GSO exhibits IHG’s focused strategy of using the global nature and scale economies of our business to operate a highly efficient support infrastructure for our hotels as well as for our customers.”
IHG currently operates 12 hotels in key Indian cities and has a development pipeline of 46 hotels in key business and leisure hubs. Overall, we are on track to have a 150-hotel presence by 2020.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global company operating seven well-known hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with 58 million members worldwide.
IHG is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms and IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, a portfolio of over 4,400 hotels and more than 652,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world. IHG has more than 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline and expects to recruit around 160,000 people worldwide over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at http://www.ihg.com/ and information for the Priority Club Rewards program at http://www.priorityclub.com/.
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