IHG Hotels and Resorts on expansion mode

Global hospitality major IHG Hotels & Resorts is looking to add 39 more hotels to its portfolio in India in the next two to three years as part of its growth strategy for the country, a senior company official said.

IHG Hotels & Resorts has 39 hotels in India across four brands. In the next 2-3 years, we plan to add another 39 hotels to our portfolio in India, which means our portfolio will grow by 100 per cent, by number of hotels, in the coming years, IHG Hotels & Resorts, South-West Asia Managing Director, Sudeep Jain told PTI.

IHG is well-positioned to capitalise on the market demand and is meaningfully expanding its presence across key markets in the country with new signings and openings, he added. We currently have 39 hotels in India, across four brands. To cater to our luxury guests, we have 2 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in Mumbai and Chennai.

In the upscale segment, we have ten Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts across key markets such as Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Kochi, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad and Jaipur etc, Jain said. In line with market demand, the company has a strong presence in the mainstream category and has 27 hotels across its Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn Express brands, he added.

When asked about the brands under which the new hotels will come up, Jain said, Our current pipeline is quite robust with 29 hotels under the Holiday Inn brand family. It comprises 70 per cent of our current pipeline.

We also have hotels coming up under our luxury brand InterContinental, premium brand Crowne Plaza and our long stay brand Staybridge Suites which was a recent debut. Additionally, later this year, IHG will be opening its first Six Senses hotel in India which will be a luxury property located in Rajasthan, he added.

Our global brands like Regent Hotels and Resorts, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants and voco Hotels have potential in India, and we look forward to introducing these brands with the right partners, at the right location and the right time," Jain said.