Skift Take

Global hotel groups are keenly focused on increasing room volume and their international footprint as a growing travel industry points suggests several strong years ahead. IHG is steady on its path.

InterContinental Hotels Group Plc reported 2014 profit that beat analyst estimates as the owner of the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza brands boosted revenue in the Americas.

Adjusted earnings per share was unchanged from last year at 158.3 cents, the Denham, England-based company said in a statement Tuesday. Analysts predicted 155.6 cents, the average of 23 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Revenue per available room, an industry measure of occupancy and rates known as revpar, increased by 6.1 percent.

InterContinental in December agreed to buy the Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for $430 million, gaining a boutique chain with high-end properties in cities across the U.S. The purchase will add 62 properties in 28 cities, an exception to the company’s decade-long strategy of reducing the amount of property it owns.

“We expanded our brand portfolio and strengthened our position in boutique hotels, the fastest growing segment in the industry over last five years,” Chief Executive Officer Richard Solomons said in the statement.

Full-year revenue declined 2.4 percent to $1.86 billion. Net income climbed to $391 million from $372 million a year earlier.

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Photo credit: The new branding of InterContinental Hotel Group's Holiday Inn brand. VisMedia / Holiday Inn