Korean Air chooses InterContinental to run LA’s tallest hotel

September 24, 2014
Cho Hyun-a (L), the head of the KAL Hotel Network, attends an event in Los Angeles on Sept. 23, 2014, for the signing of a contract for the InterContinental Hotel Group to operate the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Kirk Kinsell, president of the Americas at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), is at right. (Yonhap)

Cho Hyun-ah (L), the head of the KAL Hotel Network, attends an event in Los Angeles on Sept. 23, 2014, for the signing of a contract for the InterContinental Hotel Group to operate the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Kirk Kinsell, president of the Americas at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), is at right. (Yonhap)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – British-based InterContinental Hotel Group announced today that it will operate a 900-room hotel housed in the under-construction, 73-story Wilshire Grand project. At 1,100 feet high, the $1.1 billion skyscraper project being developed Korean Air will become the tallest building in the western United States when it opens in 2017.

The hotel, which will include several floors of office space and ground-floor shops, will feature a “sky lobby” on the the 70th floor and become InterContinental’s biggest luxury hotel.

“InterContinental Hotels Resorts is IHG’s luxury brand, which we have grown to be more than twice the size of any other luxury brand globally,” Kirk Kinsell, president of InterContinental in the Americas, said. “We remain focused on building its presence in top-tier cities and resorts around the globe; and our partnership with Korean Air is very much in line with this strategy.”

Korean Air is owned by the conglomerate Hanjin International Corp., which also owns nine hotel brands, including Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites.

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Sky Deck (photos courtesty of AC Martin/Wilshire Grand Pro) (PRNewsFoto/IHG (InterContinental Hotels)(AP)

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Sky Deck (photos courtesty of AC Martin/Wilshire Grand Pro) (PRNewsFoto/IHG (InterContinental Hotels)(AP)

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