TOKYO October 23, 2006 - All Nippon Airways (ANA) and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announced the signing of a hotel operating joint venture to create the leading hotel operating company in Japan, the world’s second largest hotel market.
The joint venture – to be named IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan – will officially commence on 1 December 2006. IHG was selected as ANA’s partner after a highly competitive process. The strength of IHG’s family of brands, robust growth pipeline, international outlook and established operating systems made it the preferred partner for ANA, while ANA’s reputation for high quality standards and service made it an attractive partner for IHG. Both companies share corporate values and strategic objectives, including a focus on China, which will help create a strong platform for a successful long-term partnership.
ANA will sign new management contracts with IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan for its 13 owned and leased hotels (4,943 rooms). These hotels will over time re-brand to one of the three co-brands created for Japan – ANA-InterContinental, ANA-Crowne Plaza and ANA-Holiday Inn. The flagship ANA Hotel Tokyo will be the first to be co-branded in April 2007 as the ANA-InterContinental Tokyo. The remaining 12 hotels will be co-branded over the following 18 months.
In addition, the joint venture will continue to operate ANA Hotels & Resorts’ other 18 hotels (4,127 rooms) under management contracts, franchise agreements and marketing referral agreements for third party owners, who will also be offered the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of co-branding. IHG currently operates 11 hotels in Japan (3,100 rooms), which, combined with IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan’s 31 hotels, gives a combined estate of 42 hotels with more than 12,000 rooms.
ANA Hotels & Resorts’ 500,000 ANA Hotel Members will be given the opportunity to become members of IHG’s Priority Club Rewards, which is the world’s largest hotel loyalty programme with more than 28 million members worldwide. In addition, ANA will sign up as Priority Club Rewards’ global airline partner. With effect from 1 November, ANA Mileage Club members will be able to start earning air miles when staying at IHG hotels worldwide.
IHG Chief Executive Andrew Cosslett said, “This deal marks another significant step for IHG as we continue to develop our brands throughout Asia. We are delighted to be in partnership with ANA, which has a reputation for high standards and quality of service. This joint venture will turn IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan into the country’s leading hotel operator. It is consistent with our strategy of expanding our presence in key markets and makes IHG the first international hotel company with a large scale, multi-brand presence in Japan. We believe that all three co-brands – ANA-InterContinental, ANA-Crowne Plaza and ANA-Holiday Inn – will benefit significantly from the arrangement and collectively have great potential to become the first choice in Japan for our guests, our owners and our people.”
ANA President and CEO Mineo Yamamoto said, “This is a great day for ANA Hotels and Resorts. Our joint venture with InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s most well-known and prestigious hotel companies, will bring our hotel guests the benefits of enhanced hotel operations under powerful co-brands and will enable our employees to take advantage of truly global training and personal development programs. In addition, our hotel owners will enjoy the benefits of industry-leading hotel operating systems and our shareholders will benefit from the value that comes from working with a global partner. This is a superb platform from which to strengthen our hotel business, grow the co-brands and develop our people, in order to benefit our guests, our shareholders, our employees and our business partners in Japan. ANA and IHG look forward to building a successful long term partnership and exploring opportunities for other strategic alliances.”
About InterContinental Hotels Group
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 3,650 hotels and 540,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel Indigo®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards, with over 28 million members worldwide.
InterContinental Hotels Group’s portfolio in Asia Pacific includes 167 hotels and over 49,500 guest rooms under the InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, and Express by Holiday Inn® brands.
IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ichotelsgroup.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com.
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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the seventh largest airline in the world by passenger load (IATA ranking) and Japan’s largest domestic carrier. It is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of US$8.1bn (JPY932bn) as of 29 Sep 2006.
Carrying almost 50 million passengers every year to 50 destinations in Japan and 23 cities throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, ANA is recognized for outstanding passenger service both on the ground and in the air. In the greatest Japanese tradition of mixing hospitality with high technology, personalised a la carte service complements state-of-the-art entertainment systems and the latest in cabin design. ANA has been in the airline business for over 50 years, and combined with ANA Group companies, its activities extend across a host of complete travel and aviation-related services.
As a member of Star Alliance, the world’s foremost airline alliance, ANA passengers enjoy access to a network of over 841 airport destinations in 147 countries, and reciprocal benefits such as mileage accrual and reception and lounge access.