InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) hosted Ramadan Iftar banquet inviting a number of media representative in the UAE.
Sayed Tayoun the Area Director of Sales & Marketing for InterContinental Hotels Group mentioned during the event the announcement that was published early this month by the group announcing the signing of two new hotels in Abu Dhabi which will mark the entry of a second InterContinental and a second Holiday Inn property into Abu Dhabi.
Tayoun added that a A 20-year management agreement was signed with the National Corporation of Tourism and Hotels for InterContinental Abu Dhabi – Grand Marina. Located in close proximity to InterContinental Abu Dhabi, the new 184-key hotel will feature rooms and serviced apartments along with a range of exciting food and beverage and entertainment facilities. These include a Michelin star signature restaurant with a rooftop bar; a lounge and bar with a terrace and private dining rooms; a destination bar as well as a premium spa and pool. Due to open in 2016, the hotel will also have extensive meeting space catering for the ever growing Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions (MICE) market.
Tayoun added that IHG also signed a management agreement with Pearl Azure Hotel Management LLC for the 257-key Holiday Inn Downtown Abu Dhabi, which will be a conversion of the current Sands Hotel in downtown Abu Dhabi. Featuring a restaurant, bar, pool, fitness centre and dedicated meeting space, the new hotel will undergo a refurbishment and open as a Holiday Inn by the end of 2014.
The Media Iftar was held at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi and was attended by Mr. Ivor Prestwood the General Manager of Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi plus a number of the hotel executives and more than 35 journalists from various publications in the UAE.
IHG currently has 18 hotels open in the UAE across five brands, with another seven in the pipeline. There are five IHG properties operating in Abu Dhabi: an InterContinental hotel, two Crowne Plaza hotels, a Holiday Inn and a Staybridge Suites. This latest announcement brings the total number of properties in IHG’s development pipeline for Abu Dhabi to three, including a new Staybridge Suites which will open in the next three to five years.