IHG to LaunchHoliday Inn Express in Krabi, Thailand
222-room Holiday Inn Express KrabiAo Nang Beach to welcome guests from 2017
Dubai, United Arab Emirates,(13 August 2015): InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with U&N Hospitality Company Limitedfor a 222-roomHoliday Inn Express on the popular Ao Nang Beach in Krabi,Thailand. The hotel will markthe entry of Holiday Inn Express, one of the largest and fastest growing hotel brands in the world, intoKrabi when it opens in 2017.
Holiday Inn Express KrabiAo Nang Beach will be a scenic 30-minute drive from Krabi International Airport,or a two-hour drive for those arriving from Phuket International Airport. Developed on a sprawlingsitealongthe coastline, guests staying at the hotel will enjoy the close proximity to the beach which isa shortthree-minute walk away. The new hotel will also be situated near the existing Holiday Inn Resort KrabiAo Nang Beach.
True to the promise of the Holiday Inn Express brand, which guarantees guests comfort and convenience, in a great location at a great price, the hotel will be surrounded bya range of local restaurants and bars, including some of the area'smost renowned seafood establishments offering guestsa wide variety of dining options.Guests who wish to explore the span of Krabi’s sandy white beaches can venture to NoppharatThara beach a few minutes north of Ao Nang: famous for its peaceful waters, magnificent sunset views and quaint local eateries.
Leanne Harwood, Vice President, Operations, South East Asia, IHG, said: “Thailand’s tourism industry is witnessing strong growth and we are seeing beach destinations such asKrabigaining popularity amongst travellers seekinga relaxing retreataway from the hustle of the city. AsKrabi International Airport becomes more accessible to key global cities and international direct flights to Krabi increase, we anticipate a surge in visitor arrivals over the next few years. It is a great time to be bringing the Holiday Inn Express brand into Krabi and we are delighted to be working with U&N Hospitality Company Limited to open the new Holiday Inn Express KrabiAo Nang Beach in a great location along the coastline of the beautiful Ao Nang Beach.”
U&M Hospitality Company Limited, owned by the renowned Kitprasanfamily in Krabi, had previously partnered with IHG for the development of Holiday Inn Resort KrabiAo Nang Beach which opened in 2012.
Mr. SornkomKitprasan, Director, U&N Hospitality Company Limitedsaid: “We are delighted to once again be working with IHG to grow our hospitality portfolio in Thailand following the strong performance of the first hotel we launched together in Krabi: Holiday Inn Resort KrabiAo Nang Beach. With the growing global following of the Holiday Inn brand family and projected increase in visitor arrivals in Krabi, we are confident we will also see strong results from Holiday Inn ExpressKrabiAo Nang Beach when it opens in 2017.”
Holiday Inn Express KrabiAo Nang Beachwill feature the brand's signature Great Room where guests can dine and interact with each other during their stay. Providing guests with everything they need and nothing they don’t, the hotel will offer guests a smart and convenient stay which includes:
· Free and fast Wi-Fi available in guest rooms and throughout the hotel so they stay connected all day, every day
· Free Express Start™ Breakfast or a Grab & Go option for a smart start to the day
· A comfortable and restful sleep with high quality bedding and a choice of firm or soft pillows
· Self-service business centre and laundry room for their everyday needs
· 24-hour access to the fitness centre to indulge in their fitness regime any time
There are nearly 2,400 Holiday Inn Express hotels across the globe today, and more than 550 hotels in the development pipeline. One of the world's fastest growing hotel brands, the first Holiday Inn Express in South East Asia opened in Thailand in 2012. IHG currently has four Holiday Inn Express hotels open in the country and Holiday Inn Express KrabiAo Nang Beach is the sixth hotel under the brand to be added to the company's pipeline in Thailand.
Thailand is home to IHG's largest number of hotels in South East Asia with 18hotels and resorts (nearly 5,300 rooms) open across five brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn,Holiday Inn Express and the recently launched Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road. The company has a further 12 hotels due to open in Thailand over the next three to five years.
About Holiday Inn Express®: Holiday Inn Express hotels are modern, select-service hotels for on-the-go travellers, an affordable alternative to full service hotels with the reliability and consistency of an international hotel brand. Fresh and fuss-free, Holiday Inn Express hotels are located in centre-of-the-action locations around the world, catering to the needs of both business and leisure travellers. Guests at Holiday Inn Express hotels always enjoy a free hot Express Start® breakfast or Grab & Go option for those in a hurry, as well as free and fast Wi-Fi. There are currently close to 2,400 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe. For more information or to book a reservation, visit www.holidayinnexpress.com. Find Holiday Inn Express hotels on Twitter https://twitter.com/HIExpress or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/holidayinnexpress.
About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group): IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN™ Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 4,900 hotels and 724,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with almost 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with more than 88 million members worldwide.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.