IHG to open three-hotel complex in Kuwait

Deal with Bukhamseen Group strengthens 30-year relationship

Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa.
Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa.

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed management agreements with Al Baraka General Trading and Contracting Company, owned by Kuwaiti conglomerate Bukhamseen Holding Group.

IHG chief operating officer Pascal Gauvin revealed the news to Hotelier Middle East ahead of today’s announcement, during an interview at ATM 2015 in Dubai.

The company will manage a new 120-room InterContinental hotel and 232-room Crowne Plaza hotel in Farwaniya, Kuwait, while the existing Crown Plaza Kuwait will be converted into a 336-room Holiday Inn.

IHG chief operating officer Pascal Gauvin commented: “The Bukhamseen Group has been one of our most valued partners in the Middle East since we opened one of our first Holiday Inn hotels in the region with them more than 30 years ago.

“We are delighted to be working even more closely with them to expand our presence in Kuwait with these three hotels. We are also pleased to be able to continue delivering great guest experiences at Holiday Inn Kuwait Salmiyah.”

Emad Bukhamseen, vice chairman and managing director, Al Baraka General Trading and Contracting Company, said: “Kuwait’s popularity as a destination continues to grow and we are seeing a consistent flow of business travellers. With thecompletion of the new airport terminal next year expected to triple the airport’s capacity, we are confident visitor arrivals will increase.

“It is a good time to be building on the success of Crowne Plaza Kuwait Farwaniya and expanding our presence with a three-hotel complex will help in that. IHG has proven itself to deliver on its promises and we look forward to welcoming more guests through the doors of our hotels when they open.”

Located in Kuwait City, the new-build InterContinental Kuwait Farwaniya, Crowne Plaza Kuwait Farwaniya and converted Holiday Inn Kuwait Farwaniya will all be part of one hotel complex.

When it opens in 2018, InterContinental Kuwait Farwaniya will feature two restaurants and seven meeting rooms.

Crowne Plaza Kuwait Farwaniya will feature six meeting rooms; business services and facilities including a 24-hour business centre and an executive club.

There will be 22 meeting facilities and 10 restaurants at Holiday Inn Kuwait Farwaniya. Guests staying at both Crowne Plaza Kuwait Farwaniya and Holiday Inn Kuwait Farwaniya can access the shared leisure centre.

Both hotels will open their doors to guests in 2016.

In addition, a 20-year renewal was signed for the 189-room Holiday Inn Kuwait Salmiyah.

The four agreements, together with Holiday Inn Maadi Cairo which opened last year, will see IHG manage more than 1000 rooms across three brands with the Bukhamseen family: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn.

IHG currently has three hotels open across two brands in Kuwait: Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn. The company has one hotel in the pipeline: InterContinental Kuwait Downtown, which will mark the launch of the InterContinental brand in the market.

The company also announced InterContinental Hotels Group also announced its second Hotel Indigo in Dubai at ATM.

The deal with Diamond Developers will see the launch of Hotel Indigo in Sustainable City, which will comprise 170 rooms and is set to open in the first half of 2017.


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