IHG Hotels & Resorts announces first Vignette Collection in UK

IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of Vignette Collection in the UK with the signing of The Halyard at Ropewalks Liverpool, Vignette Collection in partnership with Molo Hotels.

Vignette Collection is IHG Hotels & Resorts’ first collection brand and is a family of exclusive properties in urban and resort locations for luxury travellers. The signing of the first luxury branded hotel in the city marks IHG’s plan to invest in the city.

The Halyard at Ropewalks Liverpool, Vignette Collection will open later this year under a franchise agreement with Molo Hotels, and will be operated by Lighthouse Hotel Management. The 133-key luxury hotel is set in the Ropewalks district in the heart of Liverpool, with a restaurant, an on-site gym, conferencing facilities and such.

Mrs Willemijn Geels, VP Development, Europe, IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: ‘We’re thrilled to be bringing Vignette Collection to the UK – a new luxury brand in an established market for IHG. Vignette Collection gives strategic partners and owners, like Molo Hotels, the opportunity to retain their distinctive hotel identity, while benefitting from IHG’s global scale, Luxury & Lifestyle expertise, and powerful IHG One Rewards loyalty programme. The brand has shown incredible success across the globe in its first year, with 14 hotels signed or opened, which speaks volumes to its emphasis on delivering one-of-a-kind stays and memorable moments alongside a commitment to more responsible travel. Liverpool’s popularity continues to grow as a hub of culture and I’m confident the luxury offering of Vignette Collection will bring a new offering to the city.’

Mr Ross Morrow, managing director, Molo Hotels, said: ‘I’m so excited to be opening the first Vignette Collection hotel in the UK. We see a gap in the market to deliver luxury stays in Liverpool and we’re excited to partner with IHG Hotels & Resorts to deliver a one of a kind hotel that celebrates the history of such an important city. Liverpool is a thriving market with growing demand and IHG’s enterprise system will allow us to better serve guests at The Halyard at Ropewalks Liverpool, Vignette Collection from later this year.’

The signing of The Halyard at Ropewalks Liverpool, Vignette Collection follows several signings for the brand across Europe, including in Reit im Winkl, Germany and Budapest, Hungary, and the opening of the first European Vignette Collection hotel in Porto, Portugal. More than 100 properties globally are expected to join Vignette Collection over the next 10 years.

IHG Hotels & Resorts presently has 356 hotels, operating under eight brands in the UK&I including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo, voco hotels, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites, and a further 21 hotels in the pipeline.

IHG’s Staybridge Suites opens at Heathrow Airport

Hotel group IHG has announced the opening of Staybridge Suites London- Heathrow Bath Road, located close to the international airport.

Staybridge Suites London- Heathrow Bath Road is part of a dual- branded property with Holiday Inn, due to open later in 2019. Guests at Staybridge Suites London- Heathrow Bath Road will also be able to benefit from access to all facilities and amenities at the Holiday Inn nearby.

Designed to serve clients looking to stay for extended periods of time, Staybridge Suites London- Heathrow Bath Road has 145 studio rooms and 45 one-bedroom suites that are all equipped with a fully-fitted kitchen. The hotel has a pantry-style food store, called The Pantry, providing guests access to snacks, ready-made meals, toiletries, and washing detergent for the complimentary on-site launderette. Rooms at Staybridge Suites start from GBP99 per night.

Mark Roth, General Manager at Staybridge Suites London- Heathrow Bath Road, commented: ‘We are excited to be welcoming our first guests to Staybridge Suites London- Heathrow Bath Road. This hotel brings something new to Heathrow and provides guests with the option to stay in the style of room that suits them best. Staybridge Suites is the perfect brand for this location, whether it’s for a short stopover stay, a holiday or staying for a longer period of time for business.’

Staybridge Suites has communal spaces throughout, an on-site 24-hour fitness centre and ‘the den’ which comes with a games console. Every Tuesday – Thursday evening, guests are invited to join an Evening Social hosted by the hotel, to get together with friends or fellow travellers and unwind over complimentary food and drink, it said.

Hotel Indigo opens in Manchester city centre

Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station has opened its door to guests, marking its presence in one of the UK’s largest cities.

The boutique hotel is located at the gateway to the Northern Quarter in Manchester, and is adjacent to Exchange Square, the city’s shopping district. Known for its bohemian bars, the Northern Quarter has a lively music scene, with a wide range of places to eat and drink.

Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station features 187 guest rooms. The three room designs blend Manchester’s industrial past with modern luxury. Double rooms are available from £119.

Nicholas Northam, Managing Director for the UK at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, commented: ‘We’re very proud to welcome the Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station to our growing UK portfolio. It is a truly stunning hotel that I’m sure is going to delight both leisure and business travellers alike.’

James McDevitt, General Manager, Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station, commented: ‘We are truly proud to launch Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station. The hotel is situated in a prime location for those visiting Manchester and who wish to see and appreciate the city’s artistic side. Working with local designers, the interiors reflect the creative personality of the area, whilst reinforcing this first-class hotel we have created.’

The hotel will feature a restaurant and bar, Mamucium, led by award-winning Mancunian chef Andrew Green. The 120-seat restaurant will serve a menu of classic and locally sourced food with a Northern flavour. The key attraction will be the silestone and brass bar area, as well a cafe, M Cafe, within the restored building.

There are currently 27 Hotel Indigo properties in Europe with another 17 due to open in the next 3-5 years, IHG said in its release.

InterContinental Hotels Group adds 13 luxury and upscale hotels in UK

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has said that it will expand its luxury and upscale estate, establishing itself as one of the leading luxury hotel operators in the UK.

Accordingly, IHG has entered into a conditional agreement with Fonciere des Regions (FdR), to rebrand and operate 12 high quality open hotels (2.2k rooms) and one pipeline hotel (185 rooms) into its portfolio across the UK. The move will expand the InterContinental brand, and enable IHG to launch its luxury boutique brand, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in the UK, adding multiple hotels for the brand in major city centres, including London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

The agreement is a major step as IHG plans to take the brand global, expanding on the first signings for Asia and China last year, and will act as a catalyst for Kimpton’s growth in Europe. This agreement aims to strengthen IHG’s position in the upscale segment in the UK, and will establish a presence for its new upscale brand. These hotels will represent the IHG brand in its largest market within the Europe, Middle East, Asia & Africa (EMEAA) region, where it will initially be launched later this year.

Keith Barr, chief executive officer, IHG commented: ‘We are focused on continuing to expand our leadership in luxury and upscale, which are both high-value segments with significant growth potential. Bringing Kimpton to such an important market as the UK is a key part of our plans, as is the introduction of our new upscale brand, which will provide an exciting, differentiated offering to both guests and owners. Together with the recent addition of Regent Hotels & Resorts to our portfolio, we are building real momentum behind our plans to deliver industry-leading net rooms growth.’

Following FdR’s acquisition of the hotel properties and operations, IHG will operate the hotels that currently operate under the Principal Hotels and De Vere Hotels brands under long-term ‘managed leases’ as part of its luxury and upscale portfolio. The hotels include The Principal London, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, The Principal Edinburgh George Street, The Principal Met Hotel (Leeds), The Principal York, De Vere Oxford Thames, The Grand Birmingham (pipeline), The Principal Manchester, The Principal Blythswood Square (Glasgow), The Principal Grand Central (Glasgow), The Principal St David’s (Cardiff), The Principal Oxford Spires and De Vere Wotton House.

Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express to open at London Heathrow

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced plans for a dual branded hotel development at Heathrow Terminal 4.


The hotels – Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow Terminal 4 and Holiday Inn Express London – Heathrow Terminal 4 – will operate under a franchise agreement with Arora Hotels. Arora Hotels will also manage the soon to open InterContinental London – The O2.


With 300 bedrooms, Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow T4 will have a range of business and meeting facilities including five meeting rooms and two boardrooms for the convenience of business travellers. The 450-room Holiday Inn Express London – Heathrow T4 hotel will be a ‘next generation’ Holiday Inn Express hotel featuring the latest technology, an Express Cafe and Bar and larger beds.


Expected to open in early 2018, the new hotels will be directly connected to Terminal 4 via an air bridge, and will also offer direct access to the London Underground, Heathrow Express train service and nearby motorways. With both hotels in the same building, the dual branded model enables operational efficiencies through shared team members and facilities such as meeting space, leisure and fitness facilities and back of house areas.


Robert Shepherd, Chief Development Officer, Europe, IHG said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Surinder Arora and his team on another exciting development. Dual branded hotel developments are attractive for hotel investors because of the significant cost savings and operating efficiencies; and they give guests a choice of two great hotels in the one location depending on their needs. We’re confident this fantastic combination, coupled with the hotels’ great location will make these two hotels the number one choice for business and leisure guests travelling to and from Heathrow.’


One of the world’s leading international airports, Heathrow Airport serves 75 million air passengers annually. Terminal 4 receives 10 million passengers per year, and is the base for Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and the SkyTeam Airline Alliance, which counts Air France, Delta Airlines, KLM, Aeroflot and China Eastern Airlines amongst its members.


InterContinental Hotels & Resorts named world’s leading hotel brand

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, part of the UK’s InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has been recognised as the World’s Leading Hotel Brand 2013, for the seventh time and fifth consecutive year, at the 2013 World Travel Awards in Doha, Qatar.

Simon Scoot, vice president, Global Brands, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, remarked, ‘We are honoured to be the recipients of such prestigious awards that recognise the dedication of all our colleagues working in 174 properties around the world, and demonstrate their pride in IHG’s iconic international luxury brand.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is dedicated to providing genuine insider experiences that inspire our guests to feel more like a local rather than a tourist when they stay with us.’

The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand was also recognised as the World’s Leading Luxury Resort for 2013.

In addition, the brand was voted Europe’s Leading Hotel Brand 2013, and Asia’s Leading Business Hotel Brand, among 41 other awards that also recognised individual InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties around the globe this year.

Hailed as ‘The Oscars of the Travel Industry’ by the Wall Street Journal, the World Travel Awards is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Widely acknowledged as the ultimate global travel accolade, the awards are based on votes by the public and travel professionals worldwide, and seek to recognise and reward brands that strive for industry excellence.

With over 4,600 hotels in nearly 100 countries, the IHG family of brands claims to have more guest rooms than any other hotel company in the world. The company claims that its scale and diversity mean that its hotels are equipped to meet its guests’ needs for any occasion.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is IHG’s luxury hotel brand, with over 65 years’ experience internationally. The brand is present in more than 60 countries, including most of the world’s key cities and many resort locations.

InterContinental set to open new hotels in Russia and CIS

Travellers seeking the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) brand in Russia and the CIS will have more choice as the company plans to expand in the region with the opening of three hotels: Holiday Inn Express Naberezhnye-Chelny, Holiday Inn Express Samara and Staybridge Suite Baku.

Holiday Inn Express Naberezhnye-Chelny is the third hotel planned as part of the multi-development franchise agreement signed with Regional Hotel Chain in March 2013, to develop 15 new hotels in Russia by 2019.

The 145-room new-build property will open in the second quarter of 2015. It is not only the first IHG hotel to be built in Naberezhnye Chelny, but also the first internationally branded hotel in the area.

The newly built 115 room Staybridge Suites hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with Asnaf Alkon Group. The first branded extended-stay hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan, Staybridge Suites Baku is expected to see high demand for longer stays from the city’s thriving energy industry and an influx of tourism from neighbouring countries.

The 145-room hotel Holiday Inn Express Samara will be newly constructed on an office building site and will open by the end of 2015. The hotel will occupy a central location in the city of Samara – a host city for the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup. The hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with Rosa Mira Group, a first time owner with IHG.

Robert Shepherd, IHG chief development officer, Europe said: ‘These three signings demonstrate IHG delivering its growth ambition across Russia and the CIS.

‘We continue to see considerable headroom for growth here, particularly in the mid-scale and upper-mid scale segments. The Holiday Inn Express brand is gaining great momentum across Europe and despite being a new hotel brand in Russia; we’re delighted it is being so positively received in this region.

‘The brand has strong consumer appeal worldwide and it is proving just as popular with our owners and investors. Its efficient concept reduces build costs and operating costs, supporting a strong return on investment.’

With its stated goal being to create ‘Great Hotels Guests Love,’ IHG has 19 hotels (5,283 rooms) open in Russia and the CIS with a further 10 hotels (2,644 rooms) in the pipeline. The Group is planning to have 100 hotels open, or in the pipeline, in the region by 2020.

Launched in 1991, Holiday Inn Express has over 2,200 hotels around the world.


IHG’s third InterContinental London hotel to open in 2015

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced its plans for a third InterContinental property for London, named InterContinental London The O2, and set to open in 2015.

The InterContinental brand’s 53rd hotel, InterContinental London The O2 will be the third IHG InterContinental property in London after the InterContinental London Westminster, which opened less than a year ago, and InterContinental London Park Lane, an established luxury destination in the capital.

The hotel will house several restaurants, a club lounge, a health spa, main bar and a sky bar with direct views of Canary Wharf and the River Thames. IHG claims that the new hotel will be an ideal location for meetings, events and conferences, with its 3,000 square meter open-plan hotel ballroom, the largest pillar-free ballroom in Europe.

Robert Shepherd, chief development officer (Europe) for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), said: ‘This has been a great twelve months for the InterContinental brand in London, with one fabulous new hotel opening and another now signed into our pipeline. This location is at the heart of one of London’s most exciting development opportunities. InterContinental London The O2 will both benefit from – and be a catalyst for – growth and prosperity in this area. I’m looking forward to 2015 when InterContinental London The O2 will take its place alongside its sister properties as beacons of luxury in the Capital.’

Surinder Arora, founder and chief executive of Arora, said: ‘I am delighted to be involved in such a high profile scheme in a fantastic location next to The O2 offering a unique marketing and events opportunity. Working alongside excellent partners, this development will add high quality accommodation and conference inventory to a vibrant part of London which has recently been exposed to the world stage with the summer 2012 London Olympics.’

Located on the Greenwich Peninsula, the new hotel is next to The O2 Arena, which hosts nearly 200 events annually, attracting nearly 7.5 million visitors. The hotel will be six miles from London City Airport, 400 metres from North Greenwich tube station and is well connected to the Blackwall Tunnel and the Emirates Airline Cable Car, which links the Greenwich Peninsula to the ExCel Exhibition Centre.

The new 452-room hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with Meridian Hotel Operations Limited and will be managed by Arora Hotels.

IHG launches new campaign to support Holiday Inn Express brand

UK’s InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to launch a new brand campaign as part of efforts to support its growing Holiday Inn Express brand.

The new brand campaign, which will be launched in the UK and Germany, targets travellers looking for a decent hotel stay, for business or holiday, at an affordable rate. Created by JWT London, the advertising campaign focuses on the brand’s pledge to give guests an unfussy accommodation – ‘Simple. Smart. Spot On.’

The campaign will be transmitted across TV, radio, digital, PR, in-hotel and B2B channels in the UK and across PR channels in Germany.

Matt Luscombe, chief commercial officer, IHG, Europe explained: ‘Our 2013 Trends Report identified the emerging categories of traveller set to shape the next ten years of travel so we can listen and respond to their needs.

‘The ‘Simple. Smart. Spot On.’ guest experience at Holiday Inn Express is designed to appeal to the type of smart traveller who is looking for independent, fuss-free travel: a simple, great night’s rest which helps them to be productive on the go.’

The campaign comes at a time when UK visitors are increasingly contributing to strong growth in German tourism. According to the latest figures from the German Federal Bureau of Statistics, between January and June 2013, over 30.9 million overnight stays were registered in accommodation establishments of ten beds or more. This represents an increase of 3.2 per cent compared to the previous year.

‘These positive first-half numbers are continuing, and after three record years in a row, the signs are also pointing to growth for 2013 as a whole – this is a great success for Destination Germany,’ said Ernst Burgbacher, representative of the Federal Government for business and tourism.

The UK market also remains a highly important target sector for Germany, with an increase of 7.5 per cent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.

One of the largest and fastest growing brands in the hotel industry, Holiday Inn Express has over 2,200 hotels in 31 countries around the world.