February 25, 2016 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies has announced the signing of InterContinental® Sofia, the first for the brand in Bulgaria. The hotel will operate under a management agreement with InterHotel Grand - Hotel Sofia AD. The existing hotel will undergo a refurbishment and emerge as a 182-room luxury InterContinental hotel in 2017. The hotel will feature seven meeting rooms and five boardrooms, a lobby bar, a spa and fitness centre as well as a roof top restaurant overlooking the main square.
Located in the heart of one of the oldest and largest cities in Europe overlooking the Alexandar Nevski Cathedral, InterContinental Sofia is close to historical Sofia’s main attractions. These include the National Theatre, as well as local shops, boutiques and restaurants. The hotel is located nearby Central Railway Station Sofia and is a 20-minute drive away from Sofia’s International Airport.
Robert Shepherd, Chief Development Officer, Europe, IHG said: “We’re delighted to have signed our first InterContinental Hotel in Bulgaria, in the very heart of Sofia’s city centre. The signing of this hotel demonstrates the momentum of our iconic luxury brand in key international cities and resorts. InterContinental Sofia will be a fantastic addition to our European portfolio.”
Evgeni Roussev, CEO of InterHotel Grand - Hotel Sofia, said: “We’re excited to bring the first InterContinental hotel to Bulgaria. We look forward to continuing InterContinental’s global reputation as the world’s largest luxury hotel brand and providing our guests with unique enriching experiences. ”
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is IHG’s iconic luxury brand with a long and successful heritage, going back 70 years when the first InterContinental was founded in 1946. Today, InterContinental is an award-winning brand, picking up accolades such as the coveted title of "World's Leading Hotel Brand" at the World Travel Awards last year – an award it has held for six consecutive years.
With 184 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts open worldwide and 52 hotels in the global development pipeline, IHG continues to expand the brand’s portfolio in the most sought-after destinations around the world. There are currently 32* InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties in Europe and five in the pipeline*.
*Figures as at 31st December 2015.
SOURCE InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)