Our Rich History
It was a memorable date. On 4th April 1946 Pan American World Airways launched their international hotel brand: InterContinental Hotels. Our first opening was in 1949 in Belém Brazil, then the InterContinental brand extended a trailblazing portfolio across the world.
Pan American World Airways founds InterContinental, and in 1949 opens its first hotel in Belem, Brazil.
On a hotel photo shoot Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his most inspirational speech here.
A landmark on the Nile opens on the site of the famous Semiramis.
Formerly the State Guest House of Shanghai, the first historic InterContinental hotel opens in Asia.
Each hotel offers its own distinctive style, from heritage elegance to urban chic and resorts on tropical shores, making it an ideal brand for travellers with discerning tastes.
Key historical events date back to InterContinental hotels. The Willard D.C. has been at the centre of political life in Washington since 1818. The first example of the Grand Hotel, Amstel Amsterdam (pictured above) reflects palatial luxury on the Amstel River. Located in the 9th arrondissement, Paris Le Grand is a stunning example of Napoleon’s love of grandeur. Wherever you travel, there’s a story to tell.
The finest city addresses come courtesy of InterContinental hotels. Vibrant, cosmopolitan destinations offer a sanctuary of luxury, from front-row seats over Times Square, New York to stunning spa pools overlooking Hong Kong Harbour. Prestigious city addresses include Sydney Harbour, Dubai, (pictured above) London Park Lane, Mayfair and Paris. Find your premium location in the heart of the city.
Pure tranquility and luxury define InterContinental halo resort destinations in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Immersive retreats include crystal clear water on remote South Pacific islands and lakeside seclusion in Vietnam. From kayaking to snorkeling, stargazing to spa treatments, emerge rejuvenated. Discover your personal paradise at any of our luxury resorts, like InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort (pictured above).
Part of our extensive worldwide portfolio includes breathtaking InterContinental Alliance® Resorts, located in Las Vegas. The Venetian (pictured above) and the Palazzo are independently owned and managed luxury resorts, with all the benefits of InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts customer status. Aligned with all our hotels and resorts, IHG® Rewards Club and InterContinental® Ambassador are both recognised and rewarded.
Our commitment to Responsible Business is being activated around the world. Using our Green Engage tools, we have helped our hotels and resorts reduce energy consumption by up to 25%.
Through IHG’s Shelter in a Storm programme, our hotels receive guidance on when and how best to respond when disasters occur. When a disaster occurs, funds from the IHG Shelter Fund can be allocated to enable our hotels to respond quickly and effectively to support our guests, employees and the local community with financial support, vital supplies and accommodation.
The IHG Academy is a collaboration between individuals, IHG hotels, corporate offices, local education providers and/or community organisations. The IHG Academy provides local people with opportunities to develop skills and improve their employment prospects in one of the world's largest hotel companies. Within a consistent framework, each IHG Academy is tailored to meet the needs of local communities as well as hotels around the world.
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