Buggsi Patel Wins Prestigious Kemmons Wilson Award
(Atlanta,Georgia) The IHG Owners Association, which represents InterContinental Hotels Group® (IHG) franchise hotel owners worldwide, recently awarded Mr. Bakulesh “Buggsi” Patel, President and CEO of Portland, Oregon-based BHG Hotels with its prestigious Kemmons Wilson Service Award. IHG Owners Association 2017 Chair Allen Fusco presented Buggsi with this esteemed honor during the IHG Americas Conference held in Las Vegas on June 19.
IHG Appoints Claire Bennett as Chief Marketing Officer
Claire joins IHG from American Express, where she held a number of senior, consumer-focused marketing roles over a period of more than 10 years. She brings extensive marketing, brand and loyalty expertise to IHG, and a proven track record of leveraging data and technology to drive powerful marketing investments.
Making Wellness a Year-Round Goal for Guests and Owners
At the beginning of the year, many of us make New Years’ resolutions to stick to fitness goals, especially while traveling away from home. As more travelers seek to maintain their routine and balanced lifestyle while on the road, incorporating wellness into a guest’s experience has become more critical now than ever before.
JULY 5, 2017 — The franchised property, owned by African Sun Limited, features 96 rooms, an outdoor pool and a meeting room capable of seating 250 people. It is located in the heart of Mutare city centre, which sees significant business activity across the forestry, citrus farming and mining industries.
Hoteliers, marketing directors, and revenue managers in particular are continuously learning how to put the pieces of the puzzle together when it comes to creative and effective options for selling out room nights. Numerous challenges arise with the plethora of new distribution technology, which complicate the process of directly reaching the guest, or even controlling a hotel's presence on the variety of brand and third party websites.
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Going Worldwide: Kimpton and Even Hotels Brands Enter Asia
Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) will be expanding the presence of two of its brands in Asia-Pacific, with the introduction of its eco-friendly Even Hotels brand to Greater China and the debut of its Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants brand to Asia.
IHG to open first of its Avid brand in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City continues to be a launchpad for new midscale hotel brands. Six months after Hilton launched its Tru brand in the city, IHG broke ground on its debut Avid property, fewer than three months after the midscale brand was first announced, and well ahead of initial plans.