December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, part of one of the world's leading hotel companies InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), claimed five awards at the 21st World Travel Awards Grand Finals, including the coveted title of World's Leading Hotel Brand, an accolade the brand has held for six consecutive years since 2009 and twice before that in 2005 and 2006.
At the Grand Finals, which were held in held in Anguilla on 7 December, InterContinental Bangkok, Thailand was named World's Leading City Hotel, while the brand's resorts, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam and InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort in Thailand, received the awards for World's Leading Luxury Resort and World's Leading Wedding Resort respectively. InterContinental Davos, Switzerland was also voted World's Leading New Hotel.
With the latest awards at the Grand Finals, the brand and its properties have received a total of 50 wins throughout the 2014 Award's Grand Tour held across the globe. The world's first truly international hotel brand was most notably awarded Asia's Leading Business Hotel Brand, Asia's Leading Luxury Business Hotel Brand, the Leading Hotel Brand in Australasia as well as in Mexico & Central America and North America.
Simon Scoot, Vice President, Global Brands, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts said, “We are honoured to be recognised as the World's Leading Hotel Brand for the eighth time and to have won a host of fantastic awards this year. It is testament to the great work, dedication and service of the people behind the InterContinental brand and its 178 properties around the world. Our wins give us even more encouragement to continue to provide guests with authentic and exceptional experiences each and every time they stay with us.”
The WTA was launched in 1993 to acknowledge excellence in the travel and tourism industry and is now in its 21st year. Heralded as the 'travel industry's equivalent to the Oscar's' by The Wall Street Journal, the awards are decided based on votes by the public and travel professionals worldwide.
There are currently 66 hotels and resorts (21,200 rooms) across Asia, Middle East and Africa. For more information on InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, visit www.intercontinental.com.
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts.
IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 82 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet across all hotels, globally.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,700 hotels and 697,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with almost 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
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