InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has more than a thousand reasons to celebrate as it opens its latest hotel in the Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA) region.
On 21 June 2018, IHG celebrated another milestone with the opening of its 1000th hotel in the EMEAA region, the InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort in Vietnam. The new property is another addition to its already strong portfolio, with hotels across eight brands and partnerships with more than 500 hotel owners. And while the hotel group is celebrating its 1000th property, 321 hotels (63,500+ rooms) are in the pipeline, set to open in the next 3-5 years.
Kenneth Macpherson, CEO, EMEAA at IHG said: “Reaching 1,000 open hotels in the region with the addition of InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort is a significant achievement for IHG.
“Our Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA) region encompasses 71 countries, 26 time zones and some of the world’s most visited cities. This milestone is a testament to the appeal of our brands, the strength of our owner relationships and our well-established strategy to leverage scale and accelerate growth in some of the world’s fastest growing markets.”
“71 countries, 26 time zones and some of the world’s most visited cities”
The EMEAA region plays a key role in IHG’s plans to expand globally. For example, the roll-out of voco, its latest upscale brand which launched earlier this month, will also have its first property in the region. It will open in Australia’s Surfers Paradise and has plans on opening more than 200 voco hotels coming in the next 10 years.
Furthermore, IHG is also building up its luxury capabilities in the UK, through a conditional agreement with Covivio (formerly Foncière des Régions). This is part of the company’s plans to expand its voco segment; a deal to rebrand and operate 12 operating hotels. The strategy will make IHG the largest luxury operator in the UK.
InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort features 459 rooms, suites, and villas. It houses six restaurants and bars, meeting facilities, and is located on Phu Quoc island, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve off the coast of Vietnam.
Phu Quoc Long Beach
Located on the west coast of Phu Quoc Island, Long Beach, as the name suggests, is a 12-mile stretch of golden sands and tourist attractions. It’s the most popular beach in the province, loaded with activities especially made for international visitors. Aside from the usual beach escapades, there’s also a backpacker’s village, pearl farms, and a unique temple dedicated to whales.