InterContinental Hotels Group® (IHG), announced four new hotel signings and six new hotel openings across the GCC in 2017 at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, UAE.
IHG’s four new hotel signings in the Middle East and Africa are: Crowne Plaza Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, InterContinental Doha Festival City and Staybridge Suites Lusail in Doha, Qatar and the Holiday Inn Mutare in Zimbabwe.
In addition, IHG is also opening six new hotels in the MEA region in 2017. These include Crowne Plaza® Muscat OCEC in Oman, InterContinental Fujairah Resort in the UAE, Holiday Inn® Doha – The Business Park in Qatar, Holiday Inn Algiers Cheraga Tower in Algeria, as well as two in Saudi Arabia: Staybridge Suites® Jeddah Alandalus Mall, and the Crowne Plaza Riyadh – ITCC.
Speaking about IHG’s diverse and ever-growing footprint, Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer – India, Middle East, Africa (IMEA), IHG, explained: “While the increased focus on expanding our midscale brands – announced in 2016 – has become more pronounced with increasing demand for our Holiday Inn brand family, we have also begun exploring opportunities to expand within the emerging luxury/lifestyle segment in the region.
“We know the lifestyle segment is the fast growing in the hotel industry; we’ve seen it ourselves through the successful launch of our Hotel Indigo brand here in AMEA, specifically in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. We’re confident there is strong growth potential in the region for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brands and we’re looking forward to building on the momentum already established here with Hotel Indigo.”
IHG introduced the Hotel Indigo® brand in in Riyadh in 2012 with the Hotel Indigo Riyadh King Abdullah Financial District.
This was followed by Hotel Indigo Dubai Business Bay Dubai, announced in 2014, and the Hotel Indigo Dubai – The Sustainable City, a Net Zero energy building, where 100% of its energy needs will be met by solar power.
IHG was the first international hotel company to enter the Middle East with the opening of InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut in Lebanon in 1961, followed by the opening of InterContinental Jordan in 1963 by the Late King Hussein in 2015, and InterContinental Riyadh in 1975.
Currently, IHG is set to open its first resort within this brand umbrella with InterContinental Fujairah Resort later this year.
IHG currently operates over 280 hotels across five brands in Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA), including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Indigo with a further 149 in the development pipeline due to open within the next three to five years.