ibis celebrates its 50th anniversary

This year ibis celebrates 50 years of market leadership, democratised travel and the people who made it possible…

black and white tiled floor in ibis Barcelona

ibis was established in 1974 on three core promises: affordability, innovation and quality. Democratising travel and hospitality, it was the first hotel brand in Europe to make a high quality, comfortable night’s stay accessible to all. Today ibis is the leading global economy hotel brand, with more than 2,500 locations in 79 countries across the three brands: ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget. Continuing to break new ground with a pipeline of over 320 hotels, ibis brands will continue to expand its presence to new markets in 2024 and beyond, marking its 50th anniversary by opening into its 80th country by the end of the year, with the launch of the ibis Styles Reykjavik Muli in Iceland.

A lobby area with double-height ceilings and tall shelving units surrounding a comfortable seating area.

Image caption: ibis Sao Paulo, Brazil | Image credit: Accor

In recognition of 50 years of market leadership and hospitality for all, this year ibis will launch a new brand culture program, global employee ambassadorship and brand campaign, doubling down on the brand’s founding principles and reminding the world that ibis is the market leader and a brand to love because of its people.

“ibis is a true power brand. Known the world-over, ibis democratised travel, making quality travel experiences possible for everyone, irrespective of budget,” said Karelle Lamouche, Chief Commercial Officer, Premium Midscale & Economy brands, Accor. “The 50th anniversary of ibis is not just a celebration, it’s a testament to five decades of unwavering dedication to making travel possible, offering caring hospitality for all and the brand’s undisputed leadership in the economy segment. This year we proudly celebrate our anniversary and the people and communities that have stayed with us and grown with us. For 50 years, we have welcomed and developed our people, giving them a foundation in hospitality excellence, fuelling their skills and passion. The ibis brands are where people start their career and where people first start to travel. People start, and stay, with ibis. This has been true for 50 years and will remain true for the next 50 because we know ibis is a rare gem and people are what makes the difference.”

A colourful dining area with banquette seating in the centre of the room and informal please green sofas for informal gatherings.

Image caption: ibis Styles Copenhagen, Denmark | Image credit: Accor

Europe’s first economy hospitality brand opened its first hotel in Bordeaux in 1974. The brand grew quickly, first in Europe, then worldwide, proving that hotels could serve guests with quality, great design, consistency and reliability, at an affordable price. Welcoming all travellers, ibis led the way in making a comfortable and quality night’s stay accessible to all, which we still find today in ibis properties around the world. The ibis network grew at a fast pace as a trailblazer, revolutionising international travel by ensuring travellers could enjoy the reassurance of familiarity during their travels.

In 2012, Accor established the ibis family, consisting of three brands, ibis, All Seasons (now ibis Styles) and Etap Hotel (now ibis budget). At that time, the ibis brands represented more than 1,600 hotels worldwide. Since then, Accor has added nearly 1,000 properties globally across the three brands, bringing the total to more than 2,500 hotels in 79 countries, thanks to the strength of the ibis brand.

A light and bright restaurant features geometric black and white patterning on the floor and abacus-style room dividers.

Image caption: ibis Samarinda, Indonesia | Image credit: Accor

Driven by the strength of the ibis brand, the distinct three sub-brands – ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget – each have a different brand design, personality and promise, all unified by the ibis spirit of openness and the promise of affordability, convenience and comfort.

Together, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget provide comfortable stays, quality design, friendly service and affordable travel experiences in central and city locations worldwide, with nearly 1700 hotels in Europe, more than 300 hotels in the Americas, more than 330 in Greater China and over 250 across the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

A fun dining space features colourful upside-down paper parasols hung from the ceiling.

Image caption: ibis Styles Hobart, Australia | Image credit: Accor

“The 50th anniversary is about reinforcing our position as the leading brand in the economy hotel segment and embracing our future with renewed energy and enthusiasm,” adds Lamouche. “For 50 years ibis has got the essentials right and delivered them with heart. People are the differentiator for ibis, because we know you’ll get the most out of your trip when we put the most into your stay.”

Guests and locals can look forward to an exciting year with anniversary events, celebrations and new hotel openings around the world.

Main image caption: ibis Barcelona | Main image credit: Accor