International Hotels Group (IHG), has announced four new hotel signings as well as six new hotel openings across the GCC this year. The announcements are an indication of IHG’s continued expansion across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region in multiple segments, including luxury, business, family, and lifestyle.
The 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 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, explains, “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.”
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