IHG: Business Travel Room Nights Near Pre-Pandemic Levels

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IHG: Business Travel Room Nights Near Pre-Pandemic Levels


Systemwide 2023 business travel room nights at IHG Hotels
& Resorts properties were within 2 percent of 2019 levels, the company
announced Tuesday. Meanwhile, IHG fourth-quarter performance metrics all
increased year over year.

Business travel room nights increased comparatively from
2022, when they were 12 percent below 2019 levels, according to IHG. The
company’s average daily rate for business travel stays in 2023 was 5 percent
higher than in 2019, compared with 2022 when it was 1 percent lower.

“Business demand continued to strengthen, both in terms
of occupancy and pricing,” IHG CFO Michael Glover said during a Tuesday
earnings call. “We returned to regular renegotiation of corporate rates on
an annual basis, which continues to drive ADR.”

We returned to regular renegotiation of corporate rates on an annual basis, which continues to drive ADR.”

IHG CFO Michael Glover

IHG fourth-quarter systemwide revenue per available room
increased 7.5 percent year over year to $81.60, while ADR increased 2.3 percent
to $125.17 and occupancy increased 3.1 percentage points to 65.2 percent.
Full-year 2023 systemwide RevPAR increased 15.9 percent year over year to
$85.08, while ADR increased 5 percent to $125.91 and occupancy increased 6.4
percentage points to 67.6 percent.

The company in a statement suggested further business travel
growth was likely in 2024, projecting increased occupancy. Additionally, the
company noted that “business surveys indicate expectations for increasing
corporate travel budgets and a continued return to pre-pandemic levels of
travel activity, as well as the potential for greater hotel use to support
hybrid and flexible working arrangements.”

IHG’s full-year 2023 revenue from reportable segments
increased 17.4 percent year over year to $2.16 billion, while operating profit
increased to $1.07 billion from $628 million one year prior.

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