Holiday Inn celebrates 50 years of hospitality in Mexico

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Holiday Inn celebrates 50 years of hospitality in Mexico
Tue March 23, 2021

After the arrival of the first hotel in the port of Acapulco in the 1970s, the flag has been strengthened and grown in the country, where today it has more than 60 properties


IHG Hotels & Resorts®, one of the world's leading hotel companies, honors the Holiday Inn® brand heritage by celebrating its first 50 years of hospitality in Mexico. After the arrival of the brand's first hotel to the port of Acapulco in the 1970s, it has been strengthened and grown in the country, where today it has more than 60 properties located in cities, cultural and business centers.

Founded in 1952 by Kemmons Wilson, Holiday Inn is synonymous with trust and hospitality around the world, for families and travelers of all kinds. Also during the seventies, the Holiday Inn Expo Guadalajara hotel opened its doors, which broke the mold, being one of the first full-service hotels in this city. The property quickly became a meeting place for guests looking for a warm welcome and state-of-the-art amenities for the time; such as a swimming pool, air conditioning, gym and business center, positioning itself as a preferred destination in the Jalisco capital, and new openings throughout the national territory followed.

Regarding this milestone, Jorge Apaez, Chief Operating Officer for Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, at IHG, stated: "Worldwide, the Holiday Inn brand is recognized as a leader and 95% of travelers are familiar with She, an estimated two people check-in at one of them every second. * In Mexico, today it has 9,300 rooms open, a figure that continues to grow, with plans that include four new properties under construction, including the Holiday Inn 186-room Cancun-Airport. Over the years, this iconic IHG Hotels & Resorts brand has received multiple honors for guest satisfaction, including the Trusted Brands ** award for 3 consecutive years. "

For his part, José Paoli, director of Grupo Hotelero Latinoamérica, which operates hotels of the brand, recalls: "When the first hotels opened, there were fanfare celebrating the incursion of this new North American brand in Mexico. From its early days Holiday Inn revolutionized the industry and its success has been to keep the needs of travelers at the forefront of its continuous innovation and offer a high value for the owners "and added:" From my beginnings as a bellboy at the Holiday Inn Aeropuerto, to later become a professional hotelier at the Holiday Inn Inn University and working in the United States and Latin American countries, until the climax of my career as an owner, the warmth of its people always distinguished the brand and made me feel that I belonged to it ”.

The birth of Holiday Inn responded to a need that Wilson saw in the hospitality industry to provide consistent, high-quality accommodations that travelers could instinctively trust and recognize as synonymous with excellence wherever they may be.

Today, their proposition continues to be built on that promise, incorporating constant enhancements developed in collaboration with owners and guests to create a fresh experience. These improvements are reflected in its new generation H4 design, adaptable and flexible according to the preferences of the guest and that takes into account the style and purpose of the trip, resulting in a superior experience. The open lobby concept merges the public areas into a functional and cohesive space. H4 also offers varied restaurant and bar options that meet the expectations of guests in different markets and are scalable to the available space.

As part of this 50th anniversary in Mexico and true to its spirit of being an ally of travelers, Holiday Inn offers the special rate Book now, pay on arrival, in all its properties in the country, with flexibility as an essential attribute. In addition to taking advantage of savings on the best flexible rate and an additional discount for IHG® Rewards members, Book Now, Pay on Arrival, makes it possible to plan without obligation, since it does not require any deposit and allows you to cancel the reservation up to three days before the date of the arrival date, without penalty.

With more than 1,200 hotels and resorts around the world, Holiday Inn maintains its global presence to create memorable experiences for travelers and continues to expand. The Holiday Inn *** family accounted for 60% of IHG's total openings in 2020, half of all new franchise licenses signed, and has one of the largest project portfolios with nearly 1,000 new properties under development.

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