IHG Hotels and Resorts Chief Executive Officer, Keith Barr, is stepping down from the position on June 30.

IHG Hotels & Resorts’ CEO, Keith Barr, says he’s expecting a “bright time for the hotel industry going forward” across the globe as countries open up and demand for travel continues to rise.

Speaking exclusively to WAYFARER Host and HM Editor-In-Chief James Wilkinson on video at the recent 44th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York, Barr said said the recovery has “exceeded everybody’s expectations” and “as vaccination rates rise and Government restrictions lift, you have got many markets and many segments that are above 2019 levels”.

In the video, viewable below, Barr talks about the demand for business travel, meetings and events, the luxury segment, his leadership lessons from the pandemic and much more.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management