InterContinental Hotels Group smashed its year-end expectations for 2017, and is drawing on its performance to create more opportunities upmarket. But how? With new brands, of course. Keith Barr, IHG’s newly appointed CEO as of last July, was at home on the company’s Q4 2017 investor call as he revealed a 4-percent increase in group revenue last year, up to $1.78 billion from $1.71 billion in 2016. Amidst the good news, Barr also said IHG will not be paying out any special dividends in 2018.