SHANGHAI, Oct. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, announced the launching of a "virtual reality experience" through a strategic partnership with HTC Corporation ("HTC"), a pioneer in innovative, smart mobile and virtual reality (VR) technologies. IHG is the first international hotel group in China to provide guests with this innovative, in-room digital experience.
Virtual Reality is at the leading edge of technology today and has captured the imagination of consumers globally. Therefore, IHG has formed a robust partnership with HTC, one of the world's leading technology innovators, to bring new and exciting VR experiences to their guests in Beijing, Shanghai and Sanya. Guests will be able to try VR in a "Vive Zone", which offers gaming, entertainment and interactions in a fully immersive digital generated environment. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy Vive line of VR content through Viveport application store for a fully digitalized entertainment moment in their own rooms.
Emily Chang, Chief Commercial Officer, IHG Greater China said: "InterContinental Hotels Group has been a trailblazer in offering exceptional accommodation service with no effort spared in embracing state-of-the-art technology to provide superior experiences to our guests. The application of VR in collaboration with HTC reflects our pursuit of the most advanced amenities, in line with our promise to enrich the travel experience of all IHG guests. Launching the VR service will also lay a solid foundation for employing other technologies in the future."
"Virtual reality will have a deep and positive impact on many businesses, and the hospitality industry is one of the first to take advantage of its benefits. We are excited to work with IHG to deliver the world's first VR-Ready guest rooms and provide superior level of immersive experiences which will delight their customers in China, and soon globally," said Alvin W. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC.
From 31 October onwards, guests at Hotel Indigo Shanghai On The Bund, Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace and InterContinental Sanya Resort can indulge themselves in the immersive VR experience. This sensational feature will be expanded to more hotels in China in the future, bringing the entertainment of tomorrow to the travellers of today.
IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,100 hotels and more than 750,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with nearly 1,500 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme, with nearly 99 million members worldwide.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally.
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HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile and virtual reality devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC One and HTC Desire lines of smartphones, and is now leading the VR industry with the Vive line of products. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile and virtual reality experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). www.htc.com.
About the Vive Virtual Reality System
Vive is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality system developed by HTC. Designed from the ground up for room-scale VR, Vive allows true-to-life interactions and experiences thanks to an adjustable headset displaying stunning graphics, two wireless controllers with HD haptic feedback and 360˚ absolute motion tracking. For a convenient and safe experience, Vive incorporates essential functionality from your phone and features a front facing camera that blends physical elements into the virtual world. Working in concert, this system immerses you visually, physically and emotionally in the virtual world. For more information on Vive, please visit www.vive.com.
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