IHG® is one of the world’s leading hotel companies with a presence in almost 100 countries. We became a standalone company in 2003 but our business and broad portfolio of hotel brands have a much longer history.
Our story begins when William Bass opens a brewery in Burton-on-Trent, UK.
The business later transforms from domestic brewer into global hospitality company.
The first InterContinental hotel opens in Belem, Brazil. The InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts brand expands to become the world’s first truly international luxury hotel brand and Bass acquires it in 1998.
Businessman Kemmons Wilson opens the first Holiday Inn® hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. He had the idea while on a family trip to Washington D.C., where he saw the need for comfortable and affordable places for families to stay.
Bass acquires the international part of the business in 1988 and the North American division in 1990.
Bass launches limited service brand, Holiday Inn Express®.
Extended-stay hotel brand, Candlewood Suites®, is founded and becomes the first hotel brand to offer free guest laundry. IHG acquires it in 2003.
Bass renews its focus on hotels and pubs after an attempt to acquire half of the Carlsberg-Tetley brewing business is blocked by the British government. It sells its leased pub arm and smaller businesses such as Gala bingo and Coral bookmakers.
Bass strengthens its UK pub division with the acquisition of 550 sites from Punch Taverns.
Bass confirms its position as Asia Pacific’s leading hotel company with acquisition of Southern Pacific Hotels Corporation in Australia.
It buys US-based hotel management company, Bristol Hotels & Resorts Inc.
It further refocuses the business from domestic brewing operation to global hospitality company by selling Bass Brewers to Interbrew (now AB-InBev) for £2.3 billion.
The group becomes Six Continents Plc.
Six Continents Plc sells almost 1,000 unbranded pubs. It buys the European Posthouse chain of hotels, aiming to convert them to Holiday Inn properties and consolidate the brand’s position in the UK and Europe.
On 1 October, 2002, Six Continents Plc announces the separation of its hotels and soft drinks businesses (to be called InterContinental Hotels Group Plc) from the retail business (to be called Mitchells & Butlers Plc).
This is completed on 15 April 2003 and IHG becomes a standalone company.
IHG launches its new boutique hotel brand, Hotel Indigo®, with each property designed to reflect the local culture and history of the surrounding area.
IHG announces a $1 billion relaunch of the Holiday Inn Brand Family, comprising Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. Holiday Inn Resort® is launched in 2008, offering the perfect destination for family fun.
IHG enters the timeshare market with the launch of Holiday Inn Club Vacations®. This was done through an alliance with Orange Lake Resorts, which was set up by Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson.
IHG launches EVEN® Hotels, the first mainstream hotel brand focused on wellness and fulfilling the demand for healthier travel.
IHG unveils HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, the first upscale international hotel brand designed specifically for the Chinese traveller.
Priority Club Rewards, launched in 1983 and the industry’s largest and oldest loyalty programme, is relaunched as IHG® Rewards Club.
IHG acquires US based Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants. Alongside IHG’s Hotel Indigo brand, the deal creates the world’s largest boutique hotel business.
IHG opens its 5,000th hotel, the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York.