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Thu, 21 Dec 2017

IHG Signs 318-Room Holiday Inn Hotel in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a management agreement with SKS Hotel Residences and Resorts to debut the Holiday Inn brand in the capital of Johor, Malaysia.

The 318-room Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre will be part of the Komtar JBCC mixed-use development comprising retail and commercial office spaces.

The 318-room Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre hotel in Malaysia. Click to enlarge.

Situated a stone’s throw away from two of Johor Bahru’s most popular malls – Komtar JBCC and Johor Bahru City Square – guests can look forward to a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options at their doorstep or a quick stroll away, including the Angry Birds Activity Park located at the mall situated underneath the hotel.

The hotel will also be connected to the Persada Johor International Convention Centre via the Persada Link Bridge covered skywalk, enabling corporate and MICE delegates to commute easily to the convention centre and downtown offices.

Visitors from neighbouring Singapore will appreciate the excellent pedestrian connectivity to the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQ), as well as its strategic proximity to the upcoming Singapore-Johor Bahru Rapid Transit System (RTS) linking Johor Bahru to Woodlands in Singapore.

Rajit Sukumaran, IHG’s Chief Development Officer AMEA, said, “Johor Bahru holds enormous economic potential that is further fuelled by its strong connectivity to Singapore – with heightened visitor influx expected with the completion of the Singapore-Johor Bahru Rapid Transit System in 2024. The state government is also investing in developing the downtown area into a tourism and business hub. These factors bode well for us, representing an excellent opportunity to bring the most recognised hotel brand in the world, Holiday Inn, to Johor Bahru.”

From left: Mr. Alan Sim, Chairman of SKS Group, Ms. Cindi Sim, Group Managing Director of SKS Group, Mr. Rajit Sukumaran, Chief Development Officer, Asia, Middle East and Africa, IHG, Mr. Clive Murray, Area General Manager Malaysia, IHG. Click to enlarge.

Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre will be equipped with six meeting rooms, a business centre, as well as an outdoor pool and gym. It will also feature an all-day dining restaurant and a lounge offering the Holiday Inn brand’s signature Kids Stay and Eat Free programme, where kids under the age of 12 can stay and dine for free.

The owner, SKS Group, is one of Johor’s largest developers with a strong hotel portfolio that includes four upcoming hotels in Western Australia, as well as several existing and pipeline hotels in Johor Bahru and Desaru.

Cindi Sim, Group Managing Director, SKS Group, said, “With our growing portfolio in the hospitality industry, it is a natural progression for us to look for a hotel partner with a strong track record of operating international hotels. We are delighted to work with IHG to bring the Holiday Inn brand to Johor Bahru. The brand’s mid-scale positioning will be an excellent fit for corporate and leisure travellers, and coupled with its strategic location, we believe Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre will be well-received when it opens its doors to guests in 2020.”

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