Ever since I have gotten my tailored set of Accelerate 2016 challenges from IHG, I have been a lot more involved with the program. I have gotten an Ambassador membership (which I think everyone who stays in any InterContinental Hotel around the world should consider), planned domestic and international stays at participating IHG properties and more importantly, I have been tracking my points religiously. Today, I received an email inviting me to join the IHG Rewards Club Advisors where I will be able to earn 500 to 5,000 IHG Rewards Club Points each month by completing a set of surveys.
It is definitely interesting to see what kinds of surveys IHG is interested in and when it will actually start. Sure, the IHG Rewards Club Points are a nice bonus but there is nothing I like more than providing feedback to the hotel (assuming they do act on it!).
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) introduced Business Rewards back in 2015 which allows users and professionals to be rewarded for booking accommodations as well as meeting spaces for others. The Double Play Double Points promotion which is currently running (between 01 January 2017 and 15 April 2017) allows users to earn up to 6 IHG Rewards Club points (instead of 3) per US$1 for events and stays up to 31 August 2017.
Accelerate is back for 2017 and you now have the chance to rake up some IHG Rewards Club points for eligible stays between 01 January 2017 and 15 April 2017 - perfect if you already have plans to stay in participating InterContinental Hotels Group properties in the coming year! As mentioned previously, InterContinental Ambassador members seem to get a set of offers that are tailored towards InterContinental hotels (which means it is generally more expensive to complete these challenges) and my offers for 2017 seem to confirm this.
The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport added 243 new Business Rooms in a 10-storey extension in a new wing earlier this year. The newly-opened Jewel Wing is home to the brand new Business Rooms which are all put together using Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) techniques (the very first private-sector commercial project in Singapore) and has been designed by the award-winning Singapore-based architectural firm, WOHA. Check out my review of the new Business Rooms here at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just signed a management agreement with Lao International Development Co. Ltd to open the first InterContinental-branded hotel in Laos. Slated to open in 2021, the InterContinental Vientiane will become the second hotel in the capital city of Laos that is managed by IHG. This new-built luxury hotel will feature over 400 rooms and it will be located near to the upcoming World Trade Centre which is set to become the city's largest commercial hub when it opens.
As 2016 comes to an end, I am once again faced with an interesting problem - the InterContinental Ambassador renewal. While I have not come close to maximising the benefits this year, I have gotten the published benefits (upgrade and late check-out at the InterContinental Singapore) on all my paid stays. The only question now is this: should I renew my InterContinental Ambassador membership with points or by cash?
Previously known as the Aston Primera Pasteur Bandung, the newly-reopened Holiday Inn Bandung Pasteur is the second Holiday Inn property by the InterContinental Hotels Group in Bandung. Located just 10 minutes drive away from the Husein Sastranegara International Airport, the Holiday Inn Bandung Pasteur offers convenient access to the city at an affordable price.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just announced the opening of the fifth Holiday Inn hotel in Japan - the Holiday Inn Osaka Namba. Joining other poperties in Sapporo, Sendai, Kanazawa and Miyazaki, the 314-room Holiday Inn Osaka Namba is located in the heart of Osaka, just steps away from the famous Dotonbori Street which is known for shopping, food and entertainment.
IHG has just announced the Gourmet Collection membership which is an annual (paid) membership that offers unlimited wining and dining discounts and some other perks that go along with it. There are two main tiers in this membership (Tier 1 and Tier 2) which comes with a different price tag - Tier 2 is the same as Tier 1 but it comes with a complimentary weekend stay voucher that you can utilise at any participating IHG property in Singapore and Batam.
The InterContinental Singapore needs no introduction - it is one of the most iconic hotels in Singapore and a favourite amongst many frequent travellers (many of them love the Heritage Suites which were previously know as the Shophouse Suites!). As part of a major refreshment, all the guest rooms and suites (apart from the Heritage ones which went first) have undergone an extensive refurbishment that was only completed earlier this year. While I have been to the InterContinental Singapore on many occasions (especially since I have gotten my InterContinental Ambassador membership), this was my first time at the newly-refurbished Premier Suite.
Business Traveller Asia Pacific has just awarded the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort the 'Best Resort Hotel in Asia-Pacific' at the award ceremony on 23 September 2016. The InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is set on 37 hectares of stepped gardens leading down to a private beach - every room and villa also gets a guaranteed view of the Eastern Sea.