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IHG emerges strong in 2013 World Travel Awards with 41 accolades

Properties in Asia, Middle East and Africa account for more than half the total awards won this year.

SINGAPORE – InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, part of InterContinental Hotels Group has been recognised by the 2013 World Travel Awards in Doha, Qatar as the World’s Leading Hotel Brand 2013 for the seventh time and fifth consecutive year. The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand was also recognised as the World’s Leading Luxury Resort 2013.

In addition, the brand was voted Asia’s Leading Business Hotel Brand and Europe’s Leading Hotel Brand 2013, among other awards that also recognised individual InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties around the globe this year.

The awards take the tally of the WTA wins by IHG this year to 41, with InterContinental properties in Asia, Middle East and Africa accounting for 27 – more than fifty per cent of the total wins. The brand’s resorts also won big, having bagged a third of the awards in the region.

Simon Scoot, Vice President, Global Brands, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts remarked, “We are honoured to be the recipients of such prestigious awards that recognise the dedication of all our colleagues working in 174 properties around the world, and demonstrate their pride in IHG’s iconic international luxury brand.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is dedicated to providing genuine insider experiences that inspire our guests to feel more like a local rather than a tourist when they stay with us.”

InterContinental properties in South East Asia bagged a staggering 12 awards with InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort leading the pack as World’s Leading Luxury Resort 2013, Asia’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2013, Asia’s Leading Luxury Resort 2013 and Thailand’s Leading Resort 2013. In Vietnam, InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel received three awards for Vietnam’s Leading Business Hotel 2013, Vietnam’s Leading Hotel 2013 and Vietnam’s Leading Conference Hotel 2013, while InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort was named Asia’s Leading New Resort 2013 and Vietnam’s Leading Resort 2013. InterContinental Manila, InterContinental Singapore and InterContinental Bangkok each won praise, claiming Philippines’ Leading Hotel 2013, Singapore’s Leading Conference Hotel 2013 and Thailand’s Leading Business Hotel 2013 respectively.

The scale and diversity of the IHG family of brands means that its hotels can meet its guests’ needs whatever the occasion. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is IHG’s luxury hotel brand, with local insight that comes from over 65 years’ experience on the international scene. The brand has a presence in more than 60 countries worldwide in most of the world’s key cities and many resort locations.

Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry” by the Wall Street Journal, the World Travel Awards celebrate their 20th Anniversary this year and are widely acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade. The awards aim to celebrate brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence and are decided based on votes by the public and travel professionals worldwide.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts picked up the following awards at the 2013 WTA:

Global Awards
World’s Leading Hotel Brand 2013
World’s Leading Luxury Resort 2013 – InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort

Awards in Asia & Australasia
Asia’s Leading Business Hotel Brand 2013
Asia’s Leading Hotel Brand 2013
Australasia’s Leading Hotel Brand 2013
Asia’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2013 – InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort
Asia’s Leading Luxury Resort 2013 – InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort
Asia’s Leading New Resort 2013 – InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Kazakhstan’s Leading Hotel 2013 – InterContinental Almaty
Philippines’ Leading Hotel 2013 – InterContinental Manila
Singapore’s Leading Conference Hotel 2013 – InterContinental Singapore
Thailand’s Leading Business Hotel 2013 – InterContinental Bangkok
Thailand’s Leading Resort 2013 – InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort
Vietnam’s Leading Business Hotel 2013 – InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel
Vietnam’s Leading Conference Hotel 2013 – Intercontinental Asiana Saigon Hotel
Vietnam’s Leading Hotel 2013 – Intercontinental Asiana Saigon Hotel
Vietnam’s Leading Resort 2013 – InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Australasia’s Leading Business Hotel 2013 – InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
Australasia’s Leading Conference Hotel 2013 – InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
Australasia’s Leading Golf Resort 2013 – InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, Fiji
Australasia’s Leading Hotel 2013 – InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
Australasia’s Leading Spa Resort 2013 – InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, French Polynesia
French Polynesia’s Leading Resort 2013 – InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa
French Polynesia’s Leading Spa Resort 2013 – InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, French Polynesia

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