Kimpton Eyes International Expansion
Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants has set its sights on international expansion following its recent acquisition by Intercontinental Hotels Group. According to Cindy Brewster, Kimpton’s director of international sales,“We’ll be able to use [IHG’s] power and positioning around the world to grow the Kimpton brand in more places outside of the US.”
Kimpton’s first non-US property, the Cayman Islands, is due to open late next year. At this point, there are no other international properties “firmly planted on the books yet,”but Brewster says“our development team is going to be looking at all opportunities that come up around the world.”
She adds,“Probably the number one question I am asked when I come to London is:‘When are you going to open a Kimpton hotel in London?’And now I can say that I think it’s going to happen sooner than we might have thought six months or a year ago.”
Kimpton has more than 60 properties in the US with at least another 15 in the pipeline, including an Austin hotel due to open later this year and a Chicago property expected to launch by early 2017.
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