Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of its second Crowne Plaza property in Muscat, Oman.
The 296-room Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muscat will be the brand’s fifth property in Oman.
Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG said: “We are delighted to celebrate the opening of our second Crowne Plaza in Muscat, especially as it augments the city’s latest development, the OCEC in Madinat Al Irfan. This landmark will facilitate Oman’s growth as a business hub in the Middle East and boost tourism into the country.”
“As part of our growth strategy we are constantly looking for quality growth in new and existing markets, and with this hotel we will be serving guests as we partake in Oman’s economic growth. In partnership with OMRAN, we look forward to catering to the growing number of travellers into the nation’s capital.”
Salah Bin Salim Al-Ghazali, division head – Development Partnerships & Investor Relations OMRAN and chairman of Destination Hotel Management Co. SAOC added: “With the development of the monumental Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) at Madinat Al Irfan in Muscat, OMRAN continues to support the Sultanate of Oman’s positioning as a strong MICE hub in the Middle East.
“In the near to mid-term, the centre will attract a steady stream of business travelers to the city and as OMRAN, together with its Omani pension fund partners continue to develop the centre’s retail, recreational and hospitality features, the OCEC will also attract more leisure travelers, creating a new destination and unique experiences that will benefit the social and economic growth of the Sultanate. The new Crowne Plaza Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre will be perfectly positioned to cater to both sets of travelers and add another dimension of productivity and relaxation to their experience.”
He added: “We look forward to placing the Sultanate on the map as a business hub and consequently look forward to demonstrating the hospitality that both Oman and Crowne Plaza are known for.”