ATLANTA—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced plans to expand its portfolio of IHG Army Hotels. The company is the exclusive hotel manager and operator of on-post lodging under the Department of the Army’s Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program, and will add 18 U.S. Military installations to its portfolio. In total, there will be 76 hotels and more than 11,000 guest rooms on 39 U.S. Military installations upon completion of this third phase of the PAL program.
“We are honored to have been selected as a partner in the PAL program and hold the unique position in the hotel industry to serve this special group of guests, who have committed their lives to service and sacrifice for their country,” said Kirk Kinsell, president, the Americas, IHG. “Through IHG Army Hotels, and the well-recognized Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites, and Staybridge Suites brands, we are able to deliver on-post the consistent, high-quality stay experiences which guests around the world have come to trust and expect from the IHG family of hotel brands.”
The PAL program joins together IHG with the U.S. Army and Lend Lease, the nation’s leader in public/private community development, as the exclusive asset manager, developer and design builder to deliver improved guest service and quality of on-post lodging for Service Members, their families and all government travelers.
The Holiday Inn Express brand is an offering that IHG will use for existing lodging facilities being converted or retro-fit under the PAL program. Soon, IHG will introduce its all-suite, extended stay Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites brands that will offer a residential-style hotel with fully equipped kitchens and common areas.
“We provide more than comfortable and safe lodging on-post. As a leading employer, we have the ability to create economic opportunity for people in the communities where we operate. We hire, train and cultivate talented employees empowered with skills to succeed in the hospitality industry,” said Arthur Holst, vice president of operations for IHG Army Hotels.