InterCon plans Egyptian openings

The InterContinental Hotels Group will open three new hotels and develop three more properties in Egypt during 2004.

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By  Shilpa Mathai Published  December 30, 2003

The InterContinental Hotels Group will open three new hotels and develop three more properties in Egypt during 2004. A number of other projects at city and resorts destinations across the region are also under consideration as part of an ambitious expansion plan. The first of the Egyptian hotels, the 452-room InterContinental Abu Soma Resort Red Sea, will open in April this year. It will be followed by the 792-room InterContinental Heliopolis Cairo, the fifth InterCon property in Egypt, which will form part of Citystars Heliopolis Cairo, a US$600 million development combining shops, entertainment, offices and houses. A 176-room Holiday Inn resort will be opened towards the end of the year in Taba bringing the number of InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels under management in the Middle East to 65. A new InterContinental hotel at Aqaba in Jordan and another Holiday Inn property at Heliopolis in Cairo are on schedule to open in 2005, and the Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea will open in Jordan in 2006. “Our expansion will certainly not end there,” says Chris Moloney, chief operating officer, InterContinental Hotels Group, Middle East and Africa. “We’re currently looking towards a variety of additional new developments in Egypt, Lebanon, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East, and we expect to be able to announce a number of exciting new additions to our portfolio this year.” “Our intention is to continue to expand, both in the countries where we already have a presence, and in other emerging markets. The fact that we have such a major presence, and are able to offer three very distinct hotel brands, each catering to guests with different requirements, and budgets, give us a strong market advantage. We’re building on that by introducing new service initiatives, and continually looking at ways to further enhance the quality of service we deliver,” says Moloney.

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