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The Intercontinental has an international reputation which keeps bringing in the customers. With chains around the world and 5-star service and amenities, the Intercontinental is known for its food, service and hospitality.

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The Intercontinental
The fame and popularity for this hotel chain is an aspect that has been with them since their inception. This is well highlighted through the fact that this marvelous brand of upscale luxury hotels was started originally by Pan Am under the leadership of Juan Trippe. They opened their first hotel in Belem, Brazil in the year 1946. Coming from such humble beginnings, this hotel chain has expanded to operate over 200 properties across 75 nations under the ownership of the InterContinental Hotels Group.

InterContinental Hotels Group is a multinational company which operates several hotel brands. Colossal in nature by the standards of the hotel industry, it is regarded as the largest hotel company by number of rooms where it amazingly operates 556,000 (as of March 2007). The group is headquartered in Windsor just outside Greater London and it is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

InterContinental Hotels Group in their field of operations is mainly involved in managing hotels owned by outsiders and they also extensively operate in the franchising of its brand. In their franchising operation, they sell their expertise, in the fields of hotel management, systems and marketing. This saves the group from such activities as investment in real property, which is far more capital intensive, requires different skills, and has a different risk profile. Those aspects are left primarily to the property's partners. According to reports in 2007, the group has franchised over 3,200 hotels, managed over 510 and owned only 18. The owned hotels do however include many of the key properties of company's flagship InterContinental brand.

Notable InterContinental Hotels

InterContinental Carlton Cannes The InterContinental Carlton Cannes is a 338-room luxury hotel, built in 1909, located at 58 La Croisette in Cannes on the French Riviera, and listed by the Government of France as a National Historic Building. With its world famous location, it is natural and apparent that during the renowned Cannes Film Festival, this property is regarded as most prestigious place to stay and it is also widely known as the undisputed headquarters of the motion picture industry deal making.

Not only does it accommodate the glamorous and the famous of the movie industry, but also it has been featured in many entertainment creations. The hotel was featured in Elton John's well-known 1983 music video for the single, "I'm Still Standing", and the exterior and interior features in New Order's 1993 music video for the single, "World (The Price of Love)". More famously, the hotel was a central location for the Alfred Hitchcock film To Catch a Thief starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant.

InterContinental Warsaw This property is a new addition to the InterContinental family. Located in Warsaw, Poland, with construction ending in November 2003, it became the tallest hotel in Poland, the third tallest in Europe and one of the tallest 5 star hotels in the world.

It comprises of 328 rooms along with 11 conference rooms. Interestingly, on the 43rd and 44th floors, it houses a swimming pool which makes the pool the highest swimming pool in Europe.

Willard InterContinental Washington DC

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, Holland

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