InterContinental to double Kuwait presence

As Kuwait’s tourism and travel sector picks up speed, InterContinental Hotels Group plans to double its interest in the country over the next year and a half.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  November 2, 2005

As Kuwait’s tourism and travel sector picks up speed, InterContinental Hotels Group plans to double its interest in the country over the next year and a half. Currently, InterContinental Hotels Group operates two hotels in the country, the Holiday Inn Salmiyah and the Crowne Plaza Kuwait. However, in order to capture an increasing share of the present market, as well as future trade, it plans to open its second Holiday Inn property, Holiday Inn Downtown Kuwait, in early 2006, followed by the opening of the InterContinental Hotel Kuwait in 2007. “This March saw the opening of the Holiday Inn Salmiyah, which has been warmly received by Kuwait and its visitors, who enjoy both the array of restaurants as well as the business facilities,” said Hani Kafafi, DOO, Northern Gulf, InterContinental Hotels Group. “The demand for our hotels has been amazing and it just makes good business sense to further develop the InterContinental Hotels Group portfolio in this bustling and fast growing Gulf state,” Kafafi added. The existing 135-room Holiday Inn Kuwait has proven to be a hit among business and leisure travellers, so the group is confident of the success of the second Holiday Inn in the region. Additionally, with 36 InterContinental-branded properties in the Middle East, the group is also assured that the introduction of the InterContinental Kuwait will prove to be a hit in the country.

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