December 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) today announces the signing of management agreements with leading Malaysian company, the Winbond Group, to develop two new Holiday Inn Express® hotels in the capital city of Malaysia: Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kuala Lumpur Ampang.
Set to open in 2016, the 383-room Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre will be built on the site of the existing Menara ING office tower in the city's central business district and be part of a mixed use development including offices, restaurants and cafes. Guests will enjoy the hotel's close proximity to popular local destinations such as Pavilion Mall, Suria KLCC and Berjaya Times Square. Expected to be the first Holiday Inn Express in Malaysia when it opens next year, the hotel will be the fourth for the brand in IHG's development pipeline in the country.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kuala Lumpur Ampang will feature 240 rooms and 60 suites, catering to both short and long-term stays in the city at an affordable price. Slated for completion in 2018, the hotel will be situated off Jalan Tun Razak, the lively financial district of Kuala Lumpur, and close to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. It will also be a short walk from the Ampang Park LRT station and a shopping mall featuring a range of lifestyle offerings including restaurants, bars and shops.
One of the highlights of the new hotels will be their prime locations in Kuala Lumpur's city centre and downtown area. Business guests will appreciate how close the hotels' are to the city’s CBD, while leisure travellers will enjoy quick access to the renowned lifestyle and culinary hub of Changkat Bukit Bintang and shopping malls such as Suria KLCC Mall and Pavilion Mall. Guests at both hotels will have everything they need for a refreshing stay including:
The hotels will also feature meeting rooms for small scale meetings and events.
Leanne Harwood, Vice President, Operations, South East Asia, IHG said: “One of the main attractions of any Holiday Inn Express® hotel is its excellent location at great value, and that is exactly what will make Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kuala Lumpur Ampang excellent choices for guests."
“With the upcoming Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail expected to be completed by 2020, and the development of the Tun Razak Exchange financial district, it is an exciting time for the city. Together with our partner Winbond Group, we are confident these hotels will be a great choice for the growing group of value-conscious travellers visiting Kuala Lumpur for both business and leisure,” she added.
Winbond Group is a leading Malaysian company which owns a range of businesses across sectors including real estate, travel, healthcare and lifestyle.
Commenting on the partnership, Datuk Dr Tang Yong Chew, Managing Director, Winbond Group, said: “We’re very confident in partnering with IHG to develop two Holiday Inn Express hotels in the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur. The brand is one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the world and its limited-service offering is exactly what the locale needs. It also supports our strategy to continue diversifying our company's portfolio and part of this is to develop quality hotels in some of the country’s best locations.”
There are currently 13 Holiday Inn Express® hotels open in South East Asia across Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, with a further 20 hotels in the development pipeline due to open in the next three to five years, including four in Malaysia.
IHG® has 58 hotels and resorts open across five brands in South East Asia: InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express®. The company has a further 59 hotels, totalling more than 15,000 rooms, due to open in South East Asia in the next three to five years. In Malaysia, IHG currently operates four hotels: InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Holiday Inn Resort Penang, Holiday Inn Resort Melaka and Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie.
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