IHG Announces its 2021 Hotel Symposium Calendar
The virtual event series features dynamic hotel brands available for conversions and new developments in the Americas
IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world's leading hotel companies, announced the scheduling of a series of Virtual Hotel Development Symposia in early 2021. The free online events are designed to provide insight into IHG's dynamic hotel brands directly to the owners in a comfortable and informal way.
IHG began offering virtual development symposia in 2020 as travel restrictions and cancellation of events and conferences due to COVID-19 created an opportunity to connect with owners differently. The 2020 events attracted hundreds of attendees, including current and potential hotel owners, and highlighted opportunities for growth across IHG's portfolio of hotel brands.
IHG's 2021 Hotel Development Symposia will focus on the company's luxury, lifestyle and premium brands; information on IHG's growth strategy; and provide opportunities for questions and answers and discussion with speakers. Other brand-specific events and themes will be announced in the coming months.
Julienne Smith, Senior Vice President of America Luxury Developments, commented: "Working closely with our owners, we moved quickly in 2020 to adapt to a challenging environment and continue to sign, build or renovate, and open hotels across all of our brands across the Americas. In this environment, many of our owners are reassessing their portfolios and considering new investments and properties that have the potential to perform strongly in the future. We have received excellent feedback from owners on the effectiveness of virtual symposia and look forward to a series of attractive events this year. "
January 28, 1 PM EST - Hotel Indigo
Led by Julienne Smith (Senior Vice President, Luxury Developments, Americas) and Carol Hoeller (Global Director of Indigo Hotels).
No two Hotel Indigo properties are the same. Whether one is a new build, conversion, or adaptive reuse, each hotel integrates and is part of the pulse and rhythm of its neighborhood, drawing on the history of its local area to inspire all aspects of the hotel, from a Intriguing design to incorporating distinctive local ingredients into menus.
February 25, 1 PM EST - voco Hotels
Led by Alex Moeckel (Director of Exclusive Development, Americas) and Gina LaBarre (Regional Vice President, Americas Upscale Brand Growth / voco Americas)
One of IHG's newest brands, voco Hotels, is a versatile and exclusive brand that embodies the unique characteristics of each property. The voco brand combines the informality and charm of an independent hotel with the quality and tranquility of a global and respected brand. With adaptive conversion and reuse opportunities for owners, voco Hotels enables guests to enjoy a luxurious experience with the freshness of a unique hotel under a name they can trust.
March 15, Time TBC - Regent Hotels & Resorts / InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
Led by Alex Kuhl (Vice President, Development, Luxury & Luxury, Americas), Jenifer Reese (Head of Global Luxury Brands) and Tom Rowntree (Vice President, Global Luxury Brands)
Synonymous with timeless style, supreme comfort and intuitive service, the Regent brand has set the benchmark for luxury hotels around the world since its founding in 1970. This collection of currently located luxury hotels, resorts and residences in Asian and European cities and resorts it combines Eastern simplicity and Western elegance.
As the world's first international luxury hotel brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has pioneered new international destinations for decades. Every InterContinental hotel is a destination in its own right with a distinctive style and atmosphere, from historic buildings to city landmarks and unique resorts.
April 19, Time to be confirmed –EVEN Hotels
Directed by Madison Schliewe (Director of Exclusive Development, Americas) and Raúl Ortiz (Vice President, Global EVEN Hotels Brand Management).
EVEN Hotels offer a lifestyle that offers travelers looking for more options to stay healthier away from home. The wellness expert EVEN Hotels staff offers guests the best fitness experience in their class, healthier food options and relaxing, natural spaces.
Second Quarter 2021- date and time to be confirmed - Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Directed by Julienne Smith (Senior Vice President, Luxury Developments, Americas) and Ginger Taggart (Vice President, Brand Management, Global Crowne Plaza)
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is a of the world's largest luxury hotel brands with properties located in major urban centers, gateway cities and tourist destinations. Committed to helping you work better on business travel, Crowne Plaza hotels offer premium accommodations, business-ready services and spaces, and fast, fresh food that keep guests productive, connected, rested, and refreshed during their stay.
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