InterContinental Resort Vacations
InterContinental Hotels and Resorts dates back to 1946; the company’s first hotel opened in Belem, Brazil, to welcome air travel passengers and crews in locations where luxury hotels weren’t the norm. The company was partly the idea of former President Franklin Roosevelt who wanted to attract more people to Latin America. One way to do this? By building luxury hotels! Today the brand is one of the most successful in the hospitality industry, with 37 properties in North America, a further 31 in Europe, 29 in the Middle East, 51 in Asia and 19 in Latin America. The hotel is renowned for its spacious rooms, excellent customer service, and locations close to popular landmarks, airports, and public transportation routes. InterContinental were the first brand to open a hotel in the Middle East (the Phoenicia Beirut which opened in Lebanon in 1961), but the company didn’t establish its first hotel on US soil until 1973 (the Mark Hopkins in San Francisco). The 1980s was a boom period for the company as they opened 70 hotels and resorts across the world, including locations in Paris, Seoul, Washington DC and Amsterdam. In 2008, the company opened a resort in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games.
InterContinental has won a number of awards over the years. It was voted the “World’s Leading Hotel Brand” from 2009 to 2014 at the World Travel Awards and was voted the best hotel brand worldwide at the Business Traveler Middle East Awards in 2014.
InterContinental has locations across the globe, including hotels in many of the world’s most visited cities – making it the perfect place for business travelers. You can find hotels in New York, London, and Paris, as well as many beachside resorts. Although facilities will differ depending on the hotel, features include free WiFi, panoramic view of city skylines, comfortable beds, large hotel lobbies, helpful staff, and a wide range of eating options.
InterContinental Hotels and Resorts places emphasis on sustainability and is constantly looking for ways to improve the environmental performance of its hotels and resorts. In fact, the company takes measures to reduce its energy consumption by 25 percent and operates the InterContinental Shelter Fund, which provides money to help employees, guests and local communities in the wake of a disaster. The company has a best price guarantee and a rewards program, where guests can collect points during their stay and redeem them on future purchases. Guests can build up points when they stay at any one of the 4,900 hotels that form part of the IHG group (also responsible for Holiday Inn).