InterContinental Hotel Group has announced the opening of two Hotel Indigo properties in London, UK, and New Orleans, US.

The two properties, Hotel Indigo London Kensington-Earl’s Court and Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District, mark the opening of the 50th and 51st properties of the upscale boutique brand.

InterContinental Hotel Group’s global brand leadership marketing vice president Janis Cannon said: "We are thrilled about the opening of these two new Hotel Indigo properties and are equally proud to have reached such an important milestone that communicates a strong message to the development community about the success and global viability of the Hotel Indigo brand."

“Following a milestone year in Europe in 2012, we will continue to expand the brand’s footprint strategically.”

The group has opened 14 Hotel Indigo properties in 2012, including seven in the Americas, five in Europe and two in Greater China. There are plans to expand the brand to 100 properties in three to five years.

"Following a milestone year in Europe in 2012, we will continue to expand the brand’s footprint strategically, whilst growing strongly in California and Mexico," Cannon added.

There are Hotel Indigo properties in pipeline in Hong Kong scheduled to open in early 2013, as well as Tel Aviv, St Petersburg, Bangkok, Riyadh, Madrid, Jakarta, Lisbon, Barcelona, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York.

The Hotel Indigo London Kensington – Earl’s Court is housed in a former Victoria manor house near Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; it includes 100 guestrooms.

The 132-room Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District is located near to the campuses of Tulane and Loyola Universities in the US state of Louisiana.