InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has grown UK revpar by 7.7% in first quarter trading.

The hotel group said that it had seen increases in both London and the provinces, driven by improvements in the economic environment.

Revpar in the UK outstripped global growth, which stood at 5.9%.

IHG signed 1,047 rooms in Europe during the quarter, contributing to its global total of 732,000 rooms across 4,921 hotels.

It has also begun work on “a next-generation guest reservation system” with Amadeus which will be built along the same lines as those developed by the airline industry.

IHG chief executive Richard Solomons said: “We have made a strong start to the year, executing against our winning strategy to deliver revpar growth of 5.9%. We achieved our highest first quarter for hotel signings in seven years, and openings in five years, demonstrating the continued momentum behind both our established and new brands.

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