Kimpton Eyes In­ter­na­tional Ex­pan­sion

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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.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit kimp­ton­ho­tels.com BT

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