Industry Update
Press Release22 October 2018

IHG Relaunches Regent® Hotels & Resorts Brand And Signs First Property Since Acquisition

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IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) has today announced a signing for its Regent® Hotels & Resorts brand in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, alongside its relaunch of the brand that set the standard for luxury hotels.

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IHG announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts in March, bringing the much-loved brand into the top end of its portfolio, and increasing IHG's presence in a fast-growing luxury segment worth $60bn. IHG has worked quickly to combine its expertise in luxury with Regent's deep heritage and revered legacy, and through consumer research and feedback from owners and industry experts, has evolved the brand to appeal to the modern luxury traveller.

Regent's new positioning has been created to deliver on a bold ambition - to become world-renowned for new luxury and celebrated for bold new ideas. The relaunched brand comes complete with new brand hallmarks and design philosophy, a specially created service style, and a striking visual identity.

Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer, IHG, commented: "I'm delighted that we're announcing the first signing for our Regent brand today. I'm confident that our impressive new positioning and brand identity will allow us to continue to take the brand to the world's best destinations and help position Regent as a real leader within luxury hospitality.

We are already one of the world leaders in luxury with our InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand, and alongside Regent and Kimpton, we have significant potential to expand our global footprint in the fast-growing luxury segment."

Steven Pan, Executive Chairman, Formosa International Hotels Corporation says: "IHG shares our vision for the Regent brand. It's been four months since IHG acquired a majority share in Regent Hotels & Resorts and we have already seen what can be achieved in a joint venture with one of the largest and most respected hotel companies. It's an exciting time for the brand as we propel Regent back to worldwide reach and evolve the brand to appeal to the luxury traveller of today and tomorrow."

Each Regent hotel will alleviate the demands and pressure of daily life to remove tension and create a stay that is effortlessly bespoke. To achieve this sublime haven, there are three promises at the heart of everything the Regent brand delivers:

  • Majestically intimate - experiences designed for the individual where they can discover crafted personal havens, and escape and indulge
  • On their terms - guests to stay on their terms using a combination of attentive service and frictionless technology to create a stay that feels effortless
  • Inspiring discoveries - enabling guests to discover and experience the best of local culture, new tastes, delights and ideas

With the evolution of Regent's brand positioning, IHG's intention is to grow the Regent portfolio from six hotels today to more than 40 hotels in global gateway cities and iconic resort locations.

The signing announced today is with Multibay Development Sdn. Bhd for Regent Kuala Lumpur.

  • Regent Kuala Lumpur will be situated next to Tun Razak Exchange project which is set to become the next financial district of Kuala Lumpur and an extension to the city's golden triangle known for its commercial, shopping and entertainment options. A 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Regent Kuala Lumpur will be the luxury address in Malaysia's capital.

In addition, plans are already underway to rebrand the iconic InterContinental Hong Kong, which is set to become a Regent hotel in 2021. The rebrand will see the hotel return to its roots, having first opened its doors as a Regent in 1980.

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About IHG

IHG ® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN Hotels ®, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites®, Atwell Suites and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,800 hotels and approximately 865,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with over 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 400,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally.

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