July 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with Grand Uniland Company Limited to open a new Holiday Inn Express hotel in the heart of Bangkok's Chinatown.
The 240-room Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Chinatown will join three Holiday Inn Express hotels in Thailand’s capital: Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam, Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn and Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11.
Slated to open in 2017, the hotel will be part of a mixed development with retail shops, restaurants and bars catering to travellers looking for a refreshing and fuss-free stay in the colourful district of Bangkok's Chinatown, known locally as Yaowarat. Guests will appreciate the central location of the hotel along Chareon Krung Road – the district's business hub – and the close proximity of the hotel to the upcoming Chinatown train station, which is expected to begin operations in the same year.
One of the main draws of the hotel will be its connectivity to main shopping districts such as Siam Square and Silom and key tourist spots such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun along the Chao Praya River. The bustling night food market at Yaowarat will also offer guests a variety of dining options during their stay.
Leanne Harwood, Vice President, Operations, South East Asia, IHG said: “Bangkok retains its position as one of the world’s top travel destinations and tourism is set to grow with over 18 million visitors expected to visit the city this year. We are seeing an increasing number of travellers looking for hotels where they can get a good night's rest, in a great location and at a reasonable price. Over the years our three Holiday Inn Express hotels in Bangkok have seen strong occupancy and we have received great feedback from our guests on their experiences staying with us. We are very excited to be opening another Holiday Inn Express hotel in a new precinct in Bangkok with our partners to cater to the growing group of smart, value-conscious travellers looking for a different experience in Bangkok."
Grand Uniland Company Limited is an affiliate of one of Bangkok’s leading property developers, Imperial Real Estate Group, known for key developments such as the design-led village mall in the Sam Yan district in central Bangkok.
Mr. Suwan Lertpunyaroj, Principal, Grand Uniland Company Limited, said: “Chinatown in Bangkok is one of the most culturally-rich districts in the city, and it is a great location to open a Holiday Inn Express hotel. Guests will be close to a wide variety of restaurants and bars and a bustling local community. As an established hub for exported Thai merchandise, we also expect the hotel to be popular amongst business and leisure travellers. It is going to be a great hotel and we look forward to working with IHG to welcome guests through our doors when Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Chinatown opens in 2017.”
The hotel will feature the brand's signature Great Room where guests can dine and interact during their stay. Providing guests with everything they need and nothing they don’t, Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Chinatown will offer a smart and convenient stay which includes:
IHG currently has 54 hotels in South East Asia across five brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Indigo. The company also has 57 properties in the development pipeline.
Thailand is home to IHG's largest number of hotels in South East Asia with 18 properties across five brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and the recently launched Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road. The company has a further 11 hotels due to open in Thailand over the next three to five years.
Holiday Inn Express is one of the largest and fastest growing brands in the hotel industry. There are more than 2,300 Holiday Inn Express hotels across the globe today, and more than 540 in the development pipeline. Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Chinatown is the fifth hotel under the brand to be added to the company's Holiday Inn Express pipeline.
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