IHG expands in Middle East and Africa
Dubai, UAE – 26 April 2017 –
InterContinental Hotels Group announces four hotel signings and six hotel openings during the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.
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. The new hotels are 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.
This acceleration is indicative of IHG’s growth plans and operations in the Middle East. It continues to focus on key cities across the region, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Riyadh, Doha and Cairo.
Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer – India, Middle East, Africa, said: “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 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.”