IHGs Expansion Plans for India

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Friday, 3 April 2009

InterContinental Hotels Group currently has a development pipeline of 31 hotels which are to be opened across major metros and secondary cities in India over the next few years. These new hotels will effectively add over 7,600 rooms.

This growth momentum will be driven by IHGs three brands in India InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, and Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts. IHG currently has 11 hotels in India.

India is a growing and long-term market for most major hotel companies and presents a huge potential. IHGs upcoming hotels in the pipeline will be located in Tier I and Tier II cities such as New Delhi in the North; Bangalore, Chennai, and Cochin in the South; Kolkata in the East; and Mumbai and Pune in the West.

IHG has had a long standing presence in India, dating back to 1962 and has strong business relationships with partners in the region for a long time. Some of the partners IHG is working with include Amrapali Group, Riverbank Developers, Today Group, Emaar MGF, Kuwait Based KGA Group, L&T Arun Excello Commercial Projects Ltd, Brigade Group and others.

Tony South, Chief Development Officer, IHG Asia Pacific, said, We have committed sizeable resources to focus on India, these include a team of over 30 hotel support professionals locally based in our Gurgaon corporate office and a dedicated Design and Engineering team to support owners and their consultants ensuring developments are cost efficient and meeting the needs of the Indian market. Success of our managed hotels is visible, bringing tangible business benefits through effective delivery of brand and service quality standards.

Holiday Inn accounts for three quarters of IHGs India pipeline. All new Holiday Inn hotels will feature new hallmarks and service, creating a more contemporary brand image, boosting product quality and service and driving consistency. This is a part of one of the biggest re-launches in the hospitality history.

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