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At the end of May IHG announced that it had reached an agreement to take over and rebrand 12 properties in the UK and 9 of those properties are now officially part of the IHG brand portfolio.
4 of the 9 properties will be taking on the Kimpton brand and will be located across the UK.
- The Principal London in Bloomsbury Square will become a Kimpton property “later this year”
- The Principal Manchester (on the corner of Oxford St and Whitworth St) will take on the Kimpton branding in 2019.
- The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square (whose building dates back to 1791) will also become a Kimpton property in 2019
- The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel Glasgow will become a Kimpton in 2019 too.
Other IHG rebrandings in the UK will include….
- The Principal Met Leeds Hotel will become a Hotel Indigo property in 2020
- The Principal St David’s Hotel in Cardiff, Wales will become a voco property later this year and IHG says that further voco hotels can be expected in the UK “soon”. (more info on voco hotels via this link).
- The Principal Edinburg George St will be rebranded as an InterContinental property by “late next year”.
- The Principal York will be rebranded “at a later stage” so IHG clearly hasn’t decided what niche the property falls into within its brand range.
The observant among you will have noticed that the information above only mentions 8 of the 9 properties that are now part of the IHG and that’s because the De Vere Wotton House will not be taking on any IHG branding – it will stand alone as “Wotton House”.
The remaining 3 properties that IHG has yet to incorporate into its portfolio (The Principal Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, De Vere Oxford Thames and the Principal Oxford Spires Hotel) are expected to join IHG’s in the third quarter of 2018.
IHG Signs A New Resort In Australia
IHG has announced that it has reached an agreement to take over management of the currently closed Hayman Island resort in the Whitsunday Islands and to rebrand the property as “Hayman Island, by InterContinental”.
Here’s what IHG has had to say about its newest property:
Hayman Island, by InterContinental will be an oasis at the northernmost point in the Whitsunday Islands that shows off the best of the InterContinental brand when it opens in 2019, following significant investment to refurbish the product.
The Hayman Island by InterContinental boasts 166 rooms and is the only property on a 400-hectare island that is accessed via boat or helicopter from neighboring Hamilton Island.
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