InterCon continues global expansion


THE InterContinental Hotels Group will open several new InterContinental Hotels & Resorts around the world in the US, China, Europe and the Middle East this year.

Says Andrew Cosslett, chief executive of InterContinental Hotels Group, "The strength of the InterContinental brand is a great draw for hotel owners and guests worldwide. The high levels of service and quality and a unique understanding of local cultures, create a fantastic international hotel brand. We look forward to opening further hotels around the world as we grow this iconic brand."
Included among these new openings in 2006 are three resorts in Spain, Egypt and Panama, increasing the brand's total resort portfolio to 20. Additional highlights anticipated in 2006 include the first InterContinental in the key gateway city of Boston; two new hotels to open in China – in Chongqing and Shenzhen; and the group’s seventh in Egypt. Also on the list are one in Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia and another in Belgrade, Serbia. The group opened two new hotels in the US in January this year – at Missouri and Maryland.
The company expects to continue a steady pace of new openings into 2007, including several resorts in the Asia Pacific as well as InterContinental Dubai Festival City that will incorporate a convention centre and private residences.