IHG - Intercontinental Hotels Group plc

10/30/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/30/2020 02:23

IHG expands footprint in Thailand with Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express and Suites Phuket Kata

Double signing marks new partnership with Thailand hospitality experts

IHG®(InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with K.W. Group to bring both the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands to Phuket's Kata Beach.

Scheduled to open in 2022, the two hotels will be eye-catching additions to The Beach Plaza Phuket, the largest mixed-use development in Kata Beach, located just five minutes from the sea.

Holiday Inn Phuket Kata Beach will have 134 rooms and offer guests a range of dining options and meeting facilities as well as a swimming pool and gym. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Phuket Kata Beach extends the offering to 135 rooms and also features the brand's signature Great Room.

Serena Lim, Vice President, Development for IHG, South East Asia & Korea, said: 'It's fantastic to continue the expansion of our Holiday Inn brand family in Thailand with the addition of these two new properties, and especially to partner with K.W. Group who have decades of hospitality experience in Phuket.

'We remain on track to double the size of our mainstream estate across the Kingdom in the next three to five years and the combined strength of this partnership will ensure we deliver on our brands' promise and delight guests when the two hotels open in 2022.'

Holiday Inn hotels deliver warm and welcoming experiences for guests whether they are staying for business or leisure, while Holiday Inn Express is the choice for travellers looking for a simple, engaging place to rest and recharge.

Karn Prachumpan, Director, K.W. Group, added: 'With more than three decades of hospitality experience in Phuket we know what travellers are looking for and we believe that Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express are the right brands for this location and guest profile.

'Given the diversity of travellers from across Thailand and around the world who choose Phuket as their holiday destination, these globally recognised brands will provide a well-known brand experience for a range of travelling occasions and needs.'

The Beach Plaza Phuket mixed-use development where the hotels will be situated, will exemplify the government's newly announced vision to position Phuket as a leading tourism, wellness and long stay destination in Asia.

Tranquil and picturesque, Kata Beach is a popular location with families, couples and independent travellers, located just a one-hour drive from Phuket International Airport.

Bordered by crystal clear waters, the area hosts a range of activities showcasing the natural beauty of the island, from water sports to nature walks and island tours. The bustling Patong area is a short 15-minute drive away and boasts an array of entertainment, shopping, and dining options. Cultural and historical attractions are also within easy access of the hotels, as well as amusement parks, aquariums and animal sanctuaries.

IHG has a long-standing commitment to rigorous cleaning procedures at all its hotels worldwide and understands that cleanliness, health and safety are top priorities for customers, especially at this challenging time.

With this in mind, IHG has introduced additional COVID-19 protocols and best practices, in partnership with industry leading experts Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab, and Diversey, as well as launching the IHG Clean Promise. Once open and part of the IHG family, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Phuket Kata Beach will follow IHG's Way of Clean and offer all guests the IHG Clean Promise.

IHG has 19 hotels in the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brand family in Thailand, with another 16 in the development pipeline that are due to open within the next three to five years.

*Figures as at 30 September 2020