POSTED: September 30th 2014

Sports Travel: Korean Airlines and Hanjin choose Intercontinental for $1bn Wilshire Grand skyscraper hotel

Graphics of the new Intercontinental Los Angeles / Intercontinental
Graphics of the new Intercontinental Los Angeles / Intercontinental

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Korean Air Lines and Hanjin Group have announced that Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) of Great Britain will manage a hotel in the new $1.1 billion skyscraper that they are developing in downtown Los Angeles. This hotel is the first one that Korean Air is building in the United States and is slated to open its doors in 2017.

If the city goes forward with a bid for the 2024 Olympics the hotel could have a significant place in the layout of the Games’ plan.

Heather Cho, vice president of Hanjin International Corp and daughter of Yang ho Cho, Chairman of Korean Air and President of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, said, “We are delighted to have InterContinental Hotels & Resorts join our Korean Air family of hotels.

“The InterContinental brand is well-respected by world travelers and embodies the luxury experience we intend to provide at the Wilshire Grand.

“They recognized the potential of this significant project and that was important in our decision," she noted.

The 900 room  luxury hotel will make its mark in the 73-story, 1,100-foot tall new-build Wilshire Grand project that is set to be the tallest building in the western United States. And once completed this hotel will be the largest InterContinental in the Americas region offering unobstructed 360-degree views of Los Angeles.

Another innovation, this hotel will be the first on the west coast to boast a sky lobby on the 70th floor.

“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,” said Kirk Kinsell, president, the Americas at IHG. “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.

“We are pleased to be working with such highly experienced owners.”

The design of the new Intercontinental Los Angeles will depict the four ecological typologies of the iconic city while maintaining its laid back sophistication. Natural wood and warm colors will reflect the beach culture while the sky lobby will be themed on Los Angeles’ car culture with abstract representations of car lines into the internal paneling and décor.

Hanjin Group and Korean Air have become one of the world’s leading logistics and travel/hospitality companies in the world including the largest Asian airline in Los Angeles.

Keywords · Korean Air · Intercontinental · Hanjin Group · Heather Cho · Yang ho Cho · Kirk Kinsell · hotels · Los Angeles

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