Bookings made through the IHG app - which has now been downloaded two million times - are up 50% year-on-year. And more than 1800 properties allow guests to check out using their device. Its IHG Rewards scheme is central to its attempts to get more direct bookings, and was boosted during the year by its Your Rate initiative, giving members access to preferential rates and exclusive deals. The loyalty scheme contributed 2% more to the revenues than last year with a 16% increase in enrollments. And the number of engaged loyalty scheme members – defined as those who stay at an IHG property more than six times in a year – has increased by 7%. Get the full story at Tnooz and HNN