Holiday Inn Rosebank opens to guests

Latest hotel to join industry's biggest ever launch

April 21, 2010 // Franchising.com // The Holiday Inn Rosebank in Johannesburg opens for business on 7 May.

Located next to The Zone shopping centre in Oxford Road, in the heart of the Rosebank business district, the new 158-room room hotel is the latest hotel to open under the new Holiday Inn brand standards, joining the biggest relaunch in the hospitality industry.

There are currently 900 hotels in the Holiday Inn global development pipeline, of which Holiday Inn Rosebank will be the next to open its doors.

Managed by ISO Leisure, Holiday Inn Rosebank is conveniently situated for both business and leisure travellers, just 30 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport and close to Sandton business district. It's within easy reach of shopping centres and tourist attractions like the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, offering visitors plenty of entertainment whilst in Johannesburg. Guests will also benefit from a business centre, fitness centre, outdoor pool, cocktail bar and restaurant.

ISO Leisure also manages Holiday Inn Express Woodmead in Johannesburg, and co-owns Holiday Inn Express St George's Mall in Cape Town and Holiday Inn Express Sunny Park in Pretoria with partners Zenprop. ISO Leisure has also signed a deal with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to operate the Holiday Inn Express Umhlanga Rocks in Durban, due to open soon.

Holiday Inn is undergoing the biggest relaunch in the hospitality industry with a $1 billion investment across more than 3,200 hotels and 430,000 rooms worldwide. First announced in October 2007, the relaunch is designed to offer guests a consistently good experience at all Holiday Inn hotels around the world. The relaunch is on track for completion at the end of 2010. All Holiday Inn hotels in South Africa have already been relaunched well ahead of the December deadline.

Speaking at the opening ceremony today (Wednesday), Kirk Kinsell, IHG's president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "The passion and commitment of our partners like ISO Leisure allows us to continue to build great hotels that guests love in South Africa. We have deep roots in Africa and a special affinity with South Africa. We're committed to our long-term investment plan in this country. We believe our developments here will contribute to domestic and international market growth and the Holiday Inn brand is the perfect fit for both these types of travellers."

Gavin Watson, chief executive of ISO Leisure, said: "As IHG's exclusive partner for developing the Holiday Inn Express brand in South Africa, we're thrilled that we're now opening the Holiday Inn Rosebank."

IHG already has seven hotels and 1,621 rooms in South Africa including two InterContinental hotels, one Crowne Plaza hotel, one Holiday Inn hotel and three Holiday Inn Express Hotels.

In March 2010, IHG announced it was two thirds of the way through the Holiday Inn relaunch as it relaunched its 2000th Holiday Inn hotel in Scotland.

About the Holiday Inn relaunch:

The Holiday Inn relaunch focuses on the things that matter most to guests - a contemporary hotel with efficient, friendly service offering a great night's sleep.

Relaunched hotels feature:

  • Upgraded and decluttered lobby areas
  • A Holiday Inn scent and sound
  • New bedding
  • Upgraded showers and bathroom amenities
  • New exterior lighting and landscaping
  • New signage with the redesigned logo
  • All Holiday Inn employees also go through an extensive "Stay Real" training programme to ensure guests receive the level of service they expect

The Holiday Inn brand was founded by Kemmons Wilson in 1952 with the first hotel opening in Memphis, Tennessee. 58 years on, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express are in 100 countries worldwide and welcome over 100 million people every year. To showcase its hospitality and expertise worldwide Holiday Inn has been named as the official hotel services provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. As a sponsor, Holiday Inn will be providing expertise in accommodation and services before and during the Games.

About InterContinental Hotels Group:

InterContinental InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 4,400 hotels and more than 645,000 guest rooms in over 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with 48 million members worldwide.

IHG has nearly 1,400 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 160,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

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