IHG® Launches First Integrated Campaign For Holiday Inn Express In UK & Germany
First European television advertising campaign in the brand’s history
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s largest hotel companies, today announces the launch of a new integrated campaign to support its rapidly expanding Holiday Inn Express brand in the UK and Germany. The brand campaign will run across TV, radio, digital, PR, in-hotel and B2B channels in the UK and across PR channels in Germany. It targets travellers who are regularly on the move and who want a no-fuss hotel stay, for business or pleasure, at an affordable rate.
Launched in 1991, Holiday Inn Express is one of the largest and fastest growing brands in the hotel industry. With over 2,200* hotels in 31 countries around the world; the brand is one of IHG’s biggest growth engines. An average of two Holiday Inn Express hotels open every week, and there are 473* hotels in the global pipeline set to open over the next three to five years, with Germany and the UK identified as key growth areas for the brand.
Matt Luscombe, Chief Commercial Officer, IHG in Europe explains, “Our 2013 Trends Report identified the emerging categories of traveller set to shape the next 10 years of travel so we can listen and respond to their needs. The 'Simple. Smart. Spot On.' guest experience at Holiday Inn Express is designed to appeal to the type of smart traveller who is looking for independent, fuss-free travel: a simple, great night’s rest which helps them to be productive on the go.
“Holiday Inn Express is a highly successful brand around the world and has strong consumer appeal. The “Simple. Smart. Spot On.” ad will show our guests that Holiday Inn Express is continually evolving to meet their needs. Amongst other thoughtful complimentary services, guests arrive to find their choice of firm or soft pillows waiting on their bed and are able to indulge in our Free Express Start™ Breakfast. Holiday Inn Express was also the first hotel brand of scale to offer free unlimited wi-fi throughout the hotel to our guests in the UK.”**
Holiday Inn Express is part of IHG, which is currently celebrating its 10 year anniversary as a global standalone hotel company. IHG’s broad family of nine brands in nearly 100 countries and territories meets the needs of guests, whatever the occasion – whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Holiday Inn Express brand also participates in IHG’s guest loyalty programme, IHG® Rewards Club which is the industry’s first and largest guest loyalty programme with 74 million members. It is free to join at IHGRewardsClub.com.
Media planning and buying for the campaign has been handled by Mindshare while the PR campaign will be delivered by H+K Strategies and will focus on celebrating the efficiencies of the smart and savvy traveller.
* Figures as at 30th June 2013
** Phased delivery across all UK hotels from 9 September until October 2013
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo® Hotels, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express® Hotels, Staybridge Suites® Hotels, Candlewood Suites® Hotels, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts.
IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 74 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet for Elites across all hotels, globally.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and 678,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
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