Brand overview: InterContinental to expand footprint by 60 hotels [Construction Report]

by | 15 Oct 2020 | Portfolio

InterContinental Bucharest (Photo: IHG)

The TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database shows that InterContinental Hotels & Resorts will open 60 new hotels in the coming years, with a particular focus on the APAC region.

In the coming years, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts will launch 60 hotels with 14,812 rooms worldwide, all in the five-star luxury segment. We look at the detailed facts and figures compiled exclusively by our research team to learn more about the brand’s growth plans.

InterContinental’s project pipeline by year

In the last few months of 2020, InterContinental plans to open six more hotels with 1,372 rooms – two are already in the pre-opening phase.

In 2021, 15 projects with 3,906 rooms are due for completion. 2022 will get even busier with 21 hotels going live, adding 4,931 keys to InterContinental’s international portfolio. And another 18 properties are in the works for 2023 and beyond, although more are likely to be added to the pipeline in due course.

InterContinental’s key growth regions

With 33 new hotels and 8,031 additional rooms, APAC is the brand’s key growth region. The Middle East follows in second place with 11 openings and 2,258 rooms, while Europe will get seven new properties with 2,292 keys.

Elsewhere, North America and South America will get six and two hotels respectively, with Africa getting just one more property.

China has an enormous lead in terms of domestic growth markets; here, 17 hotels with 3,937 rooms will launch in the coming years. This puts it well ahead of both the US and Vietnam, which are each expecting four properties.

Rounding out our rundown, Chengdu in China, Ha Long in Vietnam and Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh will get two new InterContinental properties apiece, with 500, 276 and 388 keys respectively.

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Key projects in InterContinental’s portfolio

According to our data, InterContinental’s largest ongoing project is the refurbishment of its 558-room property in Berlin, due for completion in late 2022. InterContinental Berlin will remain open during the work, which will be carried out in several phases. The update of both the guest rooms and public areas is being handled by Union Investment Real Estate from Hamburg and Arthur Fischer Architekten from Berlin.

In the Laotian capital city of Vientiane, meanwhile, the new 400-room InterContinental will go live in late 2021. It will be part of the mixed-use World Trade Centre complex that is slated to be the city’s new commercial hub, complete with a retail mall, medical centre, conference facilities, offices and residential units. InterContinental Vientiane itself will offer a selection of specialty restaurants, an all-day-dining venue, a bar and lounge, and a wellness space complete with a spa, pool and fitness centre.

Also in APAC, the 373-key newbuild InterContinental Okinawa Chura Sun Resort will boast white sandy beaches close to the airport and offer convenient access to nearby areas. Accommodation options will encompass both rooms and villas. Guests will also be able to enjoy four restaurants and a bar, banquet rooms and meeting facilities, a large hot spring, a recreation centre, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness centre and a chapel. The opening is planned for Q1 2023.

And near Seattle, InterContinental Hotel Avenue Bellevue will offer 252 guest rooms spread over an elegant two-tower development. Guests can avail themselves of a full-service spa, a fitness centre, meeting spaces and other luxury amenities. Apart from the hotel, the new development will also feature three-star Michelin restaurants, nightlife and retail amenities. Fortress Development from Bellevue and architects from Collins Woerman are striving to ensure that this ambitious project is equally striking both inside and out.

Many TOPHOTELNEWS articles draw on exclusive information from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database. This subscription-based product includes details of thousands of hotel projects around the world, along with the key decision-makers behind them. Please note, our data may differ from records held by other organisations. Generally, the database focuses on four- and five-star schemes of significant scale; tracks projects in either the vision, pre-planning, planning, under-construction, pre-opening or newly opened phase; and covers newbuilds, extensions, refurbishments and conversions.

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