The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has recently announced the launch of two new global initiatives for business travellers - IHG Assist and IHG Meeting. The experience is expected to enhance the stay of both business guests and corporate partners worldwide. Read on to find out what these two initiatives are!
Designed to address the growing concern for travellers' safety and security, IHG Assist is the answer to corporate client requests. IHG will feature the following security measures through IHG Assist so that employees who visit locations that are prone to natural disasters or political unrest will benefit:
- IHG Assist Groups & Meetings Service: A 24/7 phone line to answer client concerns regarding traveller safety and security.
- IHG Security Consultations: Security consultations between a corporate client’s security team member or travel manager, and a member of IHG’s Global Security Team to address risk assessment concerns and security queries.
- Guest Location Services: Corporate clients will be offered access to information about their employees’ location during times of crisis and emergencies.
IHG Meeting Point
As part of IHG Small Meetings Solution, IHG Meeting Point is a streamlined approach to small and mid-size meetings which will solve an industry need for higher levels of service. IHG Meeting Point allows IHG hotel employees to develop industry-specific knowledge which is beneficial to the growing client needs in the market (especially when they come from industries with specific requirements and needs).
IHG Meeting Point addresses these specific needs in many ways, which includes the following:
- Pharmaceutical companies are driven by a heavy regulated industry in which exclusivity is key –having two pharmaceutical companies staying or hosting events at the same hotel, during the same time is prohibited. IHG Meeting Point allows IHG hotel staff to manage these confidential bookings in a way that ensures no two pharmaceutical companies are staying in, or meeting at, the same hotel at any given time.
- Energy companies value offerings such as the IHG Green Engage® system, a global standard across the IHG portfolio helping hotels in delivering greater sustainability. IHG Meeting Point helps bring together clients with hotels who meet the advanced criteria for our IHG® Green Engage ‘Level 3’ system.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo, the first Hyatt Centric hotel in the Asia-Pacific region. Located on the fashionable Namiki-dori street in cosmopolitan Ginza, the 164-room full-service lifestyle hotel offers travelers a home base in a neighborhood where even the most avid explorers can stay entertained for days on end. Interior designer Yohei Akao has created flexible spaces and furniture configurations that adjust nimbly. True to the Hyatt Centric brand concept of putting guests at the center of their own unique travel adventure, Akao has embedded touches of Ginza throughout the public spaces and guestrooms in subtle ways that will inspire guests to venture out and explore.
The first Hotel Indigo that was signed in Vietnam is the Hotel Indigo Phu Quoc Starbay that is slated to open in 2021. Even though the Hotel Indigo Saigon The City is signed on a later date, it is slated to become the country's first Hotel Indigo-branded property that will open in Ho Chi Minh City come 2019.
Australia's first Curio Collection by Hilton property has just opened up in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) and next to the brand new waterfront leisure and commercial Barangaroo precinct. The West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton is a newly-built hotel with 182 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites.
The first St. Regis-branded property in Hong Kong (St. Regis Hong Kong) is slated to open in early 2019 in collaboration with China Resources Property. Marriott International has nine properties in Hong Kong currently and the introduction of the St. Regis brand in Wan Chai will make it the perfect luxury accommodation for business travellers and leisure guests.
When you have memberships across different loyalty programs, it is always a good idea for you to keep track of it (manually or otherwise). I have previously written about AwardWallet which is free to use (but premium features can only be unlocked when you make a contribution) and today I just wanted to mention how useful it actually is because I actually discovered that my account got hacked through this very platform - 339,500 points were gone!
I recently stayed in a Premier Suite at the InterContinental Singapore over New Year's Eve (well, I actually checked-in on 30 December 2017 and checked-out on 01 January 2018) and was curious to know which set of Accelerate challenges it would count towards. More importantly, I was curious to know whether the elite-qualifying nights counted towards my 2017 or 2018 quota.
MGallery by Sofitel adds three new iconic properties to its growing portfolio of 90 hotels. The addition of the Victory House Leicester Square in London and The Retreat Palm Dubai as well as Tarcin Forest Resort & Spa is part of the rapid expansion of the MGallery brand that is slated to happen over the next five years.
The Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Soi Soonvijai is the fourth Holiday Inn Express property to open in Bangkok. This 206-room property is located just two minutes walk away from Bangkok Hospital and a short trip to both Piyavate Hospital and Rama 9 Hospital, making it perfect for medical tourists.
Singapore's largest tour agency that specialises in tours to Europe and the USA has just launched a brand new website today that enables consumers to not only access full itineraries but also to make payments for their upcoming trips online. Travellers who are interested in any Premium Tours will also be able to enjoy a discount of S$128 by simply entering a promo code.
IHGA Hotels Group Japan, a joint venture between InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and ANA has just signed an agreement to bring IHG's popular boutique brand, Hotel Indigo, into Japan. This is in response to a growing segment of travellers who are constantly looking for a different travel experience. The Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora is slated to open in 2019 and it will be a place where guests and locals alike can gather and enjoy the rich culture and history of Gora, with its famous, pastel coloured hot springs surrounded by majestic, green mountains and the charms of nature that change with the seasons.