August 25, 2011 // Franchising.com // IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announces the launch of its Innovation Hotel version 2.0, which is an improved version of the original site online since 2008. The Innovation Hotel is IHG's online showcase and creative hub for sustainable hotel design, giving examples of what future hotels might look like if they use sustainable technologies.
Version 2.0 retains all the features of the original site but is now even more engaging and interactive. The new site has a refreshed design and includes a number of additional features; including real-life hotel case studies demonstrating how IHG hotels are already implementing sustainable ideas, such as the InterContinental San Francisco, Howard Street, which offers the Zipcar Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle for guests to get around in an eco-friendly way. Another example is a roof-top herb garden watered by AC condensate at the Holiday Inn San Antonio International Airport.
Other features include further integration with Green Engage*, IHG's environmental management system, and added opportunities for guests to collaborate and share ideas through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The ideas contributed from guests and the public will help IHG design, build and operate more sustainable hotels. The site's dynamism and interactivity has brought about a step-change in the relationship with IHG and its stakeholders and demonstrates the company's commitment to Corporate Responsibility (CR) and the implementation of responsible business practices.
David Jerome, IHG's Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility said, "The Innovation Hotel is an initiative that allows our guests, stakeholders and employees to contribute ideas to making our hotels operate more sustainably.
At IHG we are focused on sustainable development and we are welcoming our guests' suggestions to explore what further efforts we can make.
The Innovation Hotel builds on the success of our sustainability system, Green Engage, and I'm excited to see how the ideas generated from the Innovation Hotel can feed into this and help create hotels guests love."
CR is central to the way IHG does business. Acting responsibly creates value for our brands while helping our hotels manage costs, drive revenue and be prepared for the future. It also keeps the organisation in tune with the thinking of our stakeholders and supports our mission to champion and protect IHG's trusted reputation.
Visit the Innovation Hotel to join the conversation and learn more about sustainable hotel design.
Green Engage is IHG's innovative online environmental tool designed to help hotels in IHG's system monitor, reduce and manage their energy consumption, as well as water and waste. The system, which has recently received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) endorsement, helps hotels reduce their energy bills and carbon footprint without compromising the guest experience.
Notes to Editors:IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global company operating seven well-known hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® . IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme with almost 60 million members worldwide
IHG is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms and IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, a portfolio of over 4,400 hotels and more than 656,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world
IHG has more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline and expects to recruit around 160,000 people worldwide over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.