CEO of InterContinental Hotels Explains Guests Seeking Healthy Options and Need For Free Wi-Fi
The company has almost 690,000 hotel rooms in nearly 100 countries. Its most iconic brand, Holiday Inn, might be for families or travelers mixing business with pleasure. Holiday Inn Express is for short trips where guests want to rest and then go. Its new Even brand is all about well-being.
The InterContinental group now has more than 4,700 hotels and 1,100 more under development. The bulk of those new projects — like at other hotel chains — is overseas.
Solomons, CEO since July 2011, recently sat down with The Associated Press at the InterContinental Times Square to talk about how the worldwide hotel market is growing, what guests want and how to get free Wi-Fi. Answers have been edited for length and clarity.