IHG signs deals for hotels in UK, Central Europe and New Zealand

InterContinental Hotels Group has gone on a signing spree in recent days, with several new hotels planned.

United Kingdom IHG has signed a deal to open the Holiday Inn London Kensington, which will be one of the largest Holiday Inn hotels in Europe.

The 694-room franchised hotel will be rebranding from the independent Kensington Close Hotel, one of the largest hotels in London, and is due to open as a Holiday Inn in December 2016.

IHG expands in Kazakhstan with the signing of Holiday Inn Express Astana

Printer-friendly version 1 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 2 , one of the world s leading hotel companies, has announced the signing of Holiday Inn Express Astana in the capital of Kazakhstan.

It will be the fourth IHG hotel in Kazakhstan and the first Holiday Inn Express in the country.

Opening in 2018, the hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with Fido Estate LLP.

15 unusual destinations where the terror threat is low

The theat of terrorism is rated “high” in more than 30 countries around the world 1 , according to the Foreign Office, with summer holiday favourites such as Spain and France given the same rating as Libya, Pakistan and Somalia.

Here are 15 “low” risk destinations that might surprise you.

Mongolia Only 6,000 Britons head to Mongolia each year

Holidays behind the Iron Curtain: A collection of rare vintage posters advertising unlikely vacations in the Soviet Union have been revealed

The art deco posters were created in the 1930s by Intourist, the official state travel agency founded by Joseph Stalin Destinations such as Moscow are featured in the advertisements as well as places like Odessa, Crimea and Armenia This rare collection was designed to get people to visit the Soviet Union and is tipped to earn thousands at auction | 1 View comments A collection of rare posters attempting to lure tourists into unlikely holidays behind the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union have emerged for sale.

The art deco-style posters were made in the 1930s by Intourist, the official state travel agency founded by communist dictator Joseph Stalin and staffed by NKVD and KGB officers