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Six Senses looks like a good addition to IHG's high-end portfolio and should fit in well with the existing luxury brands, without too much overlap.

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InterContinental Hotels Group CEO Keith Barr is making good on the promise he made to expand the company’s luxury footprint.

After taking a 51 percent stake in Regent Hotels last year, the company is now adding Six Senses to its formidable lineup.

In a lot of ways it makes sense. It gives IHG a greater footprint in Asia, while also helping the company up its wellness game.

Will this be the end of the spending spree, or will IHG look to splash some more cash?

For feedback or news tips, reach out via email at [email protected] or tweet me @paddywhyte.

— Patrick Whyte, Europe Editor

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Tags: ihg, intercontinental hotels group, luxury, six senses

Photo credit: Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia, is the newest addition to the company's portfolio. Last week IHG confirmed a deal to buy Six Senses. Six Senses

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