Corporate Vision June 2017

CORPORATE VISION / June 2017 93 , InterContinental Hotels Group have earned the Best Hospitality HR Leader - South England award. A Great Place to Stay Denham-based multinational hotel company, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, or IHG, has over 742,000 rooms and 5,028 hotels in almost 100 countries. The conglomerate is formed of many brands, including Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Even, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Hualuxe, InterContinental, Kimpton Hotels and Resorts and Staybridge Suites. The company worldwide headquarters and Europe offices are in Denham, Buckinghamshire in England. The Americas office is in Dunwoody, Georgia in Greater Atlanta, the Asia, Middle East, and Africa offices are in Singapore and the Greater China offices are in Pudong, Shanghai. The company has 4,602 hotels, 3,934 of which are held under franchise agreements, while 658 are separately owned but managed by the group and 10 are directly owned by IHG. InterContinental Hotels Group began in 1777, with the Bass Brewery, established by William Bass, who trademarked the first ever logo in the United Kingdom, the red triangle that they still use today. The number of pubs which could legally be owned by brewers was limited by the government in 1989, which Bass circumvented by opening a line of hotels, rather than public houses. Expansion continued in 1990 with the purchase of Holiday Inn international and growth into North America. Thought the company was not yet known by the InterContinental name it has today. The InterContinental brand was established by Juan Trippe in 1946, when the Pan American Airways owner opened his first hotel under a new division of the Pan Am brand – and named the holding company ‘InterContinental’. The holding company was sold to UK-based Grand Metropolitan for $500 million, however they focused their core business and purchase of Burger King, so sold IHC to the 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, who began opening hotels under the name to continue selling beer. 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, Six Continents split into two companies: Mitchells & Butlers took control of the restaurant assets[8] and IHG focusing on hotels and soft drinks, this resulted in the creation of InterContinental Hotels group’s formation, who retained Britvic until December 2005 when it sold its interest in the company by an initial public offering. In April/May 2014 the company reportedly rejected a $10 billion takeover bid from an unknown party, believed to be Starwood. In 2006, IHG and Lend Lease Group collaborated to carry out the Privatization of Army Lodging program. IHG Army Hotels is a division of IHG that manages on-post hotels and lodgings in 39 different military locations in the U.S., including Puerto Rico. Notable IHG properties include The Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport, constructed in the 1930s and used until 1986 as an airport terminal. It has art deco features which led to its listing as a heritage building, and was subsequently adapted to function as a hotel. The hotel in the Wilshire Grand Tower, which is under construction in downtown Los Angeles, will be the largest InterContinental in the Americas and the tallest building in Los Angeles. Company: InterContinental Hotels Group PLC Name: Hazel Hogben Email: [email protected] Web Address: Address: Broadwater Park, Denham, Buckinghamshire, UB9 5HR, UK Telephone: 01895512000 HR160028