May 27, 2008 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and the Royal Airport Hotel Party have announced the opening of Holiday Inn Accra Airport. The hotel is the group's first property in Ghana and further expands the brand's presence in the Middle East and Africa region. The new seven-storey hotel boasts 168 rooms and is located next to both Ghana's Kotoka International Airport and the thriving new business district in the city.
Commenting on the signing, John Bamsey, IHG's Chief Operating Officer, Middle East & Africa said: "We are very pleased to partner with the Royal Airport Hotel Party as we launch one of the world's most recognisable hotel brands in Ghana. The country is currently witnessing significant economic growth and is becoming a regional centre for both business and leisure travel. There is increasing demand for modern and affordable accommodation, and this is exactly what Holiday Inn stands for."
Holiday Inn Accra features six Executive Suites and two Presidential Suites complete with contemporary amenities. The in-house conference facilities include five function rooms accommodating up to 180 guests, as well as state-of-the-art video, audio and telecommunications equipment plus a fully-equipped business centre with free internet access.
Leisure facilities at Holiday Inn Accra Airport are extensive and include a swimming pool, a fully-equipped gym, health centre, spa and even a casino. Dining options comprise an all-day dining venue serving both buffet and a la carte styles, as well as a pool terrace restaurant for al fresco meals.
Founded by the Ga people in the 1600's, Accra has been Ghana's capital since 1877 and is the country's largest city with a population of over two million. As Ghana's administrative, communications, manufacturing and economic centre, as well as being one of the region's major ports, Accra is one of the wealthiest and most modern cities in Africa with a high standard of living and thriving business tourism sector.
The Holiday Inn brand currently has 27 properties and 4,515 rooms in the Middle East & Africa region. There are a further 15 properties and 3,596 rooms in the development pipeline.
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