IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of its 700th hotel in Greater China, marking a pivotal moment in its nearly five-decade history in the region.

The journey began in 1975 with the inauguration of the Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong. IHG continued its commitment to Greater China, hitting the 100-hotel mark in 2008 and the 600-hotel milestone in 2022.

IHG Greater China 700 Club

The hotel company has introduced the “IHG Greater China 700 Club,” to emphasise its diverse brand matrix and development potential.

The exclusive club features recently opened hotels across a range of collections, demonstrating IHG’s brand presence and collaborative efforts with business partners. Notable inclusions range from the company’s Luxury & Lifestyle Collection, featuring the Regent Shanghai on The Bund, to the Essential Collection, featuring Holiday Inn Chengdu East and Holiday Inn Express Shanghai NECC.

The club also has hotels from IHG’s Premium Collection, including the HUALUXE Sanya Yalong Bay Resort, the Crowne Plaza Jinan Runhua, voco Changsha Airport and EVEN Zhongshan City Centre.

Daniel Aylmer, managing director of IHG Greater China, shared a statement: “Over 49 years, IHG has steadfastly upheld its commitment to this market, employing localised strategies and operational models. These 700 hotels signify not only our business growth but also our dedicated approach to meeting property owners’ needs and exceeding local customer expectations.”

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Diverse portfolio and strategic growth initiatives

With a global presence spanning 19 brands, IHG operates 12 brands in Greater China.

IHG has also strategically aligned with the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s 2024 plans to optimise policies for the tourism industry. The emphasis is on elevating hotel quality and refining services to ensure exceptional experiences.

Strategic expansions in key regions, including the Greater Bay Area, Western Development and Hainan Free Trade Port, reflect IHG’s commitment to differentiating and expanding its product matrix.

The group’s growth strategy targets emerging markets, third and fourth-tier cities and niche destinations.

IHG’s “Journey to Tomorrow”

Under its global “Journey to Tomorrow” plan, IHG demonstrates a commitment to responsible operations.

The plan encompasses caring for employees, contributing to communities and protecting the environment.

IHG aims to shape responsible journeys through collaboration with employees, guests, owners and partners, ensuring a positive impact on people, community and the planet.