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IHG Hotels & Resorts - logoIn a year that could only be described as a resurgence of global travel, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts (IHG) not only navigated the turbulent waters left in the wake of the pandemic but also emerged stronger, setting a new benchmark for success in the hospitality industry. The group’s performance in 2023 is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of its global operations, underpinned by strategic growth initiatives that have positioned IHG at the forefront of the sector’s recovery.

Soaring to New Heights: A Financial Overview

IHG’s financial results for the year ending December 31, 2023, are spectacular. With global RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room) climbing a remarkable 16.1% year-over-year and an impressive 10.9% increase compared to the pre-pandemic peak in 2019, the figures narrate a story of robust recovery and strategic foresight. The Americas, EMEAA (Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa), and Greater China regions saw significant growth, reflecting the easing of travel restrictions and a pent-up demand for travel experiences.

The group’s total gross revenue reached an astounding $31.6 billion, marking a 23% increase over 2022 and a 13% rise from 2019. This growth is attributed to the increased daily rates, which saw a 5% rise from the previous year, and an improved occupancy rate nearly back to pre-pandemic levels.

Expanding Global Footprint

IHG’s ambitious growth strategy is evident in its system size and pipeline development. Over the year, IHG opened 275 new hotels, adding 47.9k rooms to its global estate, now encompassing 946k rooms across 6,363 hotels. Moreover, the signing of 79.2k rooms across 556 hotels showcases the brand’s aggressive expansion plan and its appeal to hotel owners worldwide. This expansion underscores IHG’s commitment to growth and its ability to seize opportunities in a rapidly evolving market landscape.

Profitability and Shareholder Returns

A highlight of IHG’s success story is its financial robustness, demonstrated through a significant 23% increase in operating profit from reportable segments, surpassing the one billion dollar mark for the first time. Adjusted EBITDA also saw a healthy 21% rise from the previous year, further solidifying IHG’s financial stability and growth trajectory. These financial milestones have enabled IHG to announce a generous $800 million share buyback programme for 2024, promising over $1 billion in shareholder returns. It reflects the group’s confidence in its future growth and commitment to rewarding shareholder loyalty.

A Vision for the Future

Under the leadership of Elie Maalouf, IHG’s CEO, the company has achieved outstanding results and laid a clear framework for future value creation. Maalouf’s vision for IHG focuses on leveraging the brand’s global footprint, enhancing fee margins through operational efficiencies, and driving shareholder value through strategic investments and robust cash flow management. This approach ensures that IHG meets and exceeds the evolving expectations of its guests, partners, and investors.

As IHG looks to the future, it stands on the cusp of a new era of growth, driven by a clear strategic direction, a strong brand portfolio, and a commitment to sustainable value creation. With its long-term drivers of demand, the travel industry offers fertile ground for IHG to solidify its position as a leader in hospitality further. With a strong foundation, IHG is poised to navigate the challenges and opportunities, promising an exciting chapter of growth and innovation for the company, its stakeholders, and the communities it serves.




Written by: Octavia Koo