FRANKFURT, Germany, February 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Frankfurt-based IHS GmbH, a provider of technology and marketing solutions to the global hotel industry, announces the sale of its affiliated company, IFH®, a global provider of training and benchmarking offerings, to Solutions Unlimited, parent company of Performance Unlimited, a leading innovator in the field of learning through experience engineering.
The transaction, which came into effect on 27th January, marks the next step of growth for both IFH® and Solutions Unlimited, enabling them to expand their current product offering and client base to become better positioned in the global training and benchmarking industry. It is also of great benefit to IHS' affiliated company Worldhotels: The leading group of independent hotels worldwide will capitalise on IFH's and Solutions Unlimited's synergies to enhance the quality and training services it is providing to its hotels. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
The agreement is in line with IHS' new strategy going forward - the group aims to sharpen its focus on providing hotel franchise and representation services, along with technology and distribution solutions. The group now operates three business units under its umbrella, serving as a one-stop shop for the global hospitality industry: one of the leading groups for independent hotels worldwide, Worldhotels; the leading CRS provider Trust International and the sales management solutions provider Nexus World Services. The company network supports 20,000 hotels in 65 countries, reaching approximately 120 million guests and helping its hospitality customers generate more than $3 billion in room revenue each year.
Founded in 1987 in Amsterdam, Solutions Unlimited and its affiliated companies are leading innovators in the field of learning through experience engineering. The group focuses on transforming business into experience, managers and leaders into guiding stewards, co-workers into ambassadors, and training into impactful learning.
"Solutions Unlimited is an ideal partner for IFH®," comments Steve Rowley, IHS' Chairman and CEO. "With its innovative training approach and its vision of providing learning opportunities through experience engineering, it will creatively enhance our joint offering to Worldhotels."
"I am impressed with IFH's expertise in the hospitality industry, its passionate employees and happy customers," adds Andre Wiringa, Chief Experience Officer (CXO) of Performance Solutions. "Building on IFH's and Performance Solutions' great track record and product set, we will be able to expand the set of solutions we can offer to our mutual customers, taking the training and quality industry to new heights."
About IHS GmbH:
As a powerful international leader, IHS GmbH creates added value for hotel groups and independent hotels by drawing on the combined resources and expertise of all its businesses.
IHS was established in 2007 as a unique portfolio of companies serving the hospitality industry with a wide range of technology, distribution and service solutions. Operating under the umbrella of IHS are one of the leading groups for independent hotels worldwide, Worldhotels; the leading global CRS provider, Trust International; and the provider of total sales management solutions for hotels, Nexus.
With a client portfolio of over 100 international hotel groups and more than 20,000 of serviced hotels, the company offers branding support, distribution technology, e-commerce, sales force management, marketing, training as well as mystery shopping.
About Solutions Unlimited and Performance Solutions:
Solutions Unlimited BV was founded in 1987 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Main brands are Performance Solutions, Reverse Solutions and Result Solutions. The group has offices in Amsterdam (also central office), Brussels, London, Minneapolis and San Francisco.
The Why of Performance Solutions is "To Spread Delight". By the creation of unique and memorable experiences with, for and by their customers. The company's Mission is "To Create Raving Fans". The inspiring team of Performance Solutions really are Experience Engineers.
Performance Solutions' main focus is on transforming Business into Experience, Managers/Leaders into Guiding Stewards, Co-workers into Ambassadors, and Training into Impactful Learning. Main solutions are:
- Help (re)define our clients'/partners' reason for being (WHY), and how they want to be experienced (WHO) as a crucial foundation for their brand strategy;
- Develop and help implement concepts that lead to consistent and memorable experiences. Based on Reverse Thinking (HOW);
- Help build new leadership/stewardship and culture that facilitate desired staff behaviour/interaction. Based on Reverse Thinking (HOW and WHAT);
- Design and implement new learning solutions, based on a blended learning approach. And always FEED, which stands for: Fun, Easy, Engaging, Different/making a Difference.
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SOURCE IHS GmbH