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[Ranking] Top 10 Hotel Groups in Europe: #3 IHG

After passing the symbolic step of 100,000 rooms in Europe last year, the group sees its portfolio grow by +1,411 rooms.

Supply change: + 1,3%

# of hotels, 2020: 679

# of rooms 2020: 107,217

The year 2019 ended with an announcement consistent with the development of the group's brands. An Indigo property concluded the signing round with approximately 100 rooms that will open in Moscow this year. The British group's boutique brand is the portfolio's strongest growing brand with +25.4%, i.e. +728 rooms in 7 new properties.

The voco conversion brand launched in 2018 also made headlines at the end of 2019 with two openings announced in Europe: 81 rooms in Montenegro and 201 rooms in its domestic market near the city of Reading, following Oxford announced in November.

The upscale and wellbeing brand Six Senses (excluded ranking data) entered the group's portfolio in 2019, with a total of 1,347 rooms at the time of acquisition. This first year marked the announcement of the opening of 88 keys in 2020 at the gates of the Château de Chambord in France.

In the upscale side, the InterContinental brand saw the opening of the InterContinental Hôtel Dieu in Lyon, for which Karin Sheppard, Managing Director, stated at the Paris Asset Forum >hospitality: "This was the private renovation project for an establishment classified as a Historic Monument, one of the oldest hospitals in France. The hotel was very well received by our clients this summer." InterContinental Edinburgh also marked the brand's return to Scotland, bringing the number of the brand's properties to three in the domestic market.

By the end of 2020, the group announces 4 openings in Europe:

  • Hotel Indigo® Brussels - City, Belgium (284 rooms and suites)
  • Kimpton® Vividora, Barcelona, Spain
  • Hotel Indigo® Verona, Italy (62 rooms and suites)
  • Kimpton® Paris, France (149 rooms - including 27 suites)

IHG pays strong attention to social and societal responsibility issues. In 2017, it launched the Change 100 program, which recruits interns with special needs and promotes the value that their disability can bring to the Group. 2018 also saw the launch of ‘Giving for Good’ where IHG employees are invited to give their time throughout the month of September to contribute to charity projects in the UK.

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