IHG pushes airport growth with Holiday Inn brand family

Holiday Inn Dublin Airport
Holiday Inn Dublin Airport. (IHG Hotels and Resorts)

IHG Hotels and Resorts has secured a flurry of signings and openings at airport locations across Europe through its Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, IHG still has ambitions for long-term expansion across a number of European cities as the industry recovery continues. 

Willemijn Geels, vice president development, Europe, IHG Hotels and Resorts, said: “We’re delighted to keep growing our Holiday Inn brand family across Europe. These recent signings and openings at key airport locations across the market are the perfect demonstration of the popularity of these brands amongst owners and guests alike.

“For our owners and investors, our Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands have demonstrated real resilience in these tougher times – accounting for more than half of all new IHG Hotels & Resorts signings in 2020 and 60% of new openings despite the challenges of Covid-19. We understand that from our guests’ perspectives, these trusted brands provide a consistent, reliable and warm experience which has come to define True Hospitality.” 

Recent airport hotel deals include:

  • Holiday Inn Express Madrid Airport, signed in partnership with Bartila, set to open by the end of 2023.
  • Holiday Inn Express Rome, franchise agreement with Caltagirone Group and Borealis Hotel Group, set to open in 2023.
  • Holiday Inn Express Ankara Airport, partnership with with Asal Grup Otomotiv İnşaat Ticaret A.Ş. for scheduled to open in 2022.
  • Holiday Inn Dublin Airport has recently opened in the Irish capital in partnership with owner group JMK. 

Globally, the Holiday Inn brand family has 4,266 open hotels, totalling more than half a million guest rooms, with nearly a thousand further properties in the development pipeline.