InterContinental Hotels Group unveils plans for Asia and Middle East

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Maria Sergeeva
December 19, 2017

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), the world’s first international luxury hotel brand, seems to feel confident in the market despite the crisis and plans to open several resorts all over the world.

Middle East

IHG hotels provide more than 674,000 guest rooms globally, serving over 150 million guests each year and doesn’t plan to stop announcing the opening of the highly-anticipated InterContinental Fujairah Resort in beguiling Dibba. Often referred to as the ‘Arabian Jewel’, Fujairah is becoming increasingly popular with tourists and the opening demonstrates IHG’s commitment to expand its luxury portfolio across the region, informs Saudi Gazette.

The global giant currently has 81 hotels operating across five of the company’s brands in the Middle East region with a further 28 in the development pipeline.

This long-awaited resort is a waterfront property situated on the shoreline of the exquisite Al Aqah Beach, beneath the remarkable backdrop of the Hajar Mountains. The luxury resort consists of a series of low-rise Arabesque village-style buildings and combines contemporary design elements with strong Arab influences that reflect the local heritage and culture.

The resort’s 190 stylish guest rooms and suites, including 44 Club InterContinental Rooms and 38 suites, feature expansive balconies offering the perfect vantage point to admire uninterrupted views across the sea.

InterContinental Fujairah Resort offers unrivaled facilities and amenities including, a gymnasium, O Spa by L'Occitane, offering an extensive menu of signature therapies, as well as four meeting rooms, a boardroom and a ballroom. The hotel boasts two gourmet dining options including Nama, a truly indulgent dining experience with an elaborate selection of international dishes, and Drift, a casual style beach bar and grill which is ideal for gatherings with family and friends. Furthermore, guests will also have the exclusive benefit of the Concierge program, which is designed to provide travelers with authentic and enriching experiences with local insight.

Family travelers will appreciate the hotel’s unique offerings for children of all ages, including a family pool, Kids’ Club and a Teen’s Club designed to entertain the two age groups as per their needs and interests. With the professional babysitting service parents could fully appreciate all the finer things of the resort.

Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of our first InterContinental Resort in the Middle East. This marks an important milestone in our journey in the region, as we expand our luxury portfolio to cater to our luxury guests which include international visitors, residents of the UAE looking for an escape from their daily, hectic routine as well as business groups looking for corporate retreats and unique meeting destinations. With its dazzling coastline, majestic mountains, palm orchards and deep wadis, combined with a rich heritage, Fujairah is fast emerging as a tourist haven that lures the most discerning travellers. We are looking forward to our guests experiencing the sophistication and style of the InterContinental life we have become renowned for.”

Rabih Karam, chief executive officer, Al Ain Holding added: “We are delighted to partner with IHG to bring the first InterContinental Resort in the Middle East. Fujairah is fast emerging as an exciting travel destination in the region, and the opening of this landmark hotel is adding a new dimension to the luxury offering and will contribute to the tourism development of the Emirate.”

Taiwan

The luxury giant has also announced the signing of the Kimpton Taipei, alongside Malaysia’s Cornerstone Partners Group.

The first Kimpton hotel in Taiwan will open in 2018.

Situated in central Taipei, the 14-story property features 129 guest rooms and suites, and a 12th floor rooftop deck.

The design will reflect the agitation of the city, combined with integration of urban features and greenery.

In addition, the hotel’s restaurants and bars will be designed exclusively by Hong Kong-based JIA Group, whose flagship outlets include the Hong Kong and Macao Michelin-starred Duddell’s, 22 Ships and Aberdeen Street Social restaurants, reports Breaking travel news.

Kent Sun, chief development officer, IHG Greater China, said: “IHG has a growing distribution in Taiwan, where we see a rapidly growing demand for boutique hotels.

We already have one of the world’s leading lifestyle portfolios and look forward to delivering a sophisticated and glamourous hotel that will become iconic in Taiwan and a landmark property for IHG globally.

Kimpton Taipei will be the latest signing to the brand’s portfolio in Taiwan. The hotel group has five hotels under the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands in Taiwan as of September 2017. IHG has another five properties in the pipeline for the market.

“We’re excited to grow our presence in Asia and look forward to introducing our uniquely personalized approach to the Taipei market. We’re certain this property will become a beloved destination for travelers and locals alike," said Mike DeFrino, CEO, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

We are very confident in the market and look forward to expanding our footprint in the region.

IHG also announced a Kimpton hotel for Paris after opening the Kimpton De Witt Hotel in Amsterdam—the first for the brand outside the USA.

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