InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the world's most global hotel company and the largest by number of rooms. The Group has more than 3,500 owned, leased, managed and franchised hotels and approximately 535,000 guest rooms across nearly 100 countries and territories. Every year more than 120 million people find a welcome at one of the InterContinental Hotels lodging brands. InterContinental Hotels Corporation was founded by Pan-American World Airlines in 1946. It served not only as a quality hotel brand, meeting the international travelers' needs, but also taking care of the 40,000 airline crew and staff as they flew the airlines' routes.
Today, InterContinental Hotels are the part of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC that owns also a portfolio of such well-recognized and respected brands, as Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Crowne Plaza is an upscale hotel brand with assets in key cities world-wide. Crowne Plaza and InterContinental Hotels are the preferred hotel brands of the world's business. At InterContinental Hotels and Resorts guests can enjoy 24 hour services, from Business Centers that will open in the middle of the night to expert InsiderTM Concierges, who can help guests to get the most from a city. Upscale Staybridge Suites and mid-scale Candlewood Suite brands cater for comfortable and complete extended stay in the U.S. The Hotels Group has also leading positions for mid-scale brands - Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express in key countries including the US, the UK and China.
Due to its large network, the InterContinental Hotels Group has access to considerable funds to promote and support its brands. These funds, known as 'system funds', represent a stable financial source used to support marketing activities, special programmes, relationship marketing and system infrastructure. The global nature and scale of the InterContinental Hotels Group enables it to drive growth and profitability while reducing operating costs. InterContinental Hotels have important global position. Encompassing mid-scale and upscale markets, the Group enjoys a worldwide reputation for exceptional facilities and personal attention.