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IHG and Google Cloud Partner for AI-powered Travel Planner

  • April 9, 2024
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IHG and Google Cloud Partner for AI-powered Travel Planner

New trip planner will bring personalized travel recommendations to mobile app users

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, and Google Cloud, today announced an expanded partnership that will fuel new customer experiences within the IHG One Rewards mobile app.

With Google Cloud’s technologies, IHG will launch a generative AI-powered travel planning capability that can help guests easily plan their next vacation directly in the IHG One Rewards mobile app in a suite of new features that will launch in the second half of 2024, creating a more dynamic digital guest experience.

“Working with Google Cloud as an AI innovation partner, we’re making trip planning easier and more interactive for prospective travelers. Our customized travel planner will use GenAI to help people discover destinations among our more than 6,000 IHG hotels across 19 brands in over 100 countries,” said Jolie Fleming, Chief Product & Technology Officer, IHG Hotels & Resorts. “Soon, guests will use the IHG One Rewards mobile app as a true mobile travel companion to build a full itinerary and book hotels in a few taps.”

With IHG’s Travel Planner, a guest can get recommendations and ideas for both broad and nuanced requests like, “Give me four late-night dinner options near the InterContinental London Park Lane,” or “Does the Kimpton Shinjuku Hotel in Tokyo allow pets?” to “What jazz shows are happening near the Holiday Inn Express Manhattan Times Square South the weekend of October 12th?” Additional features will launch in the months following the Travel Planner’s public launch.

Investments in the IHG One Rewards mobile app and technology to support IHG’s loyalty program are critical parts of IHG’s efforts to grow customer loyalty and engagement, and working with Google Cloud will enable the company to move quickly to deploy features loved by guests. The Travel Planner will be developed using Vertex AI, Google Cloud’s AI platform, and Google’s Gemini models.

“IHG is not only reimagining how people travel, but also how people interact with brands,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO at Google Cloud. “This implementation of generative AI combines Google’s technical expertise with IHG’s commitment to service, raising the bar for how the hospitality industry thinks about guests’ digital experiences.”

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