InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG), the world’s largest hotel company by number of rooms, plans to expand its China portfolio with another 100 properties in the next two or three years, the Shanghai Daily reported.
Gary Rosen, senior vice president of sales and marketing for IHG’s Asia Pacific operations. said, ‘About half of the new additions will be the mid-market Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands while the rest will mainly be split between the luxury InterContinental and upscale Crowne Plaza hotels.’
China is now IHG’s second-largest market globally in terms of room numbers where about 115 hotels covering five brands are found in more than 40 cities.
The most recent brand in its portfolio is Hotel Indigo, which is due to open in Shanghai before World Expo 2010 and will be the hotelier’s first Indigo hotel in Asia Pacific.