March 03, 2016 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the signing of its first InterContinental® hotel in Venice - InterContinental® Venice – Palazzo Nani. The hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with Cordifin Group and H.n.h Hotels & Resorts Management and open at the beginning of 2018.
The building will be converted from a stunning 16thcentury palace into an intimate 51-room InterContinental hotel. The palace’s hand painted alfresco ceilings and hand-carved wooden beams will be restored to their original beauty to preserve the building’s rich history. The hotel will feature a wellness centre, modern meeting facilities and Club InterContinental® Lounge.
Visited by more than 60,000 visitors a day, the city of Venice dates back to the 5th century and is famed for its matrix of canals connected by beautiful adorning bridges. InterContinental Venice – Palazzo Nani will lie on the Cannaregio Canal which connects to the Grand Canal at the epicentre of Venice’s vibrant island. Guests will be able to wander Venice’s narrow windy streets to observe the city’s gothic architecture and renaissance art as well as visit its historical landmarks, including St. Mark's Square and its Basilica, Piazza San Marco, the Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge.
Robert Shepherd, Chief Development Officer, Europe, IHG said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Cordifin S.p.a to bring the first InterContinental hotel to Venice. It’s great to see momentum behind the brand continuing as we get set to celebrate its 70th anniversary this year. InterContinental Venice – Palazzo Nani will be a great addition to the InterContinental family, offering guests an unforgettable experience in a city loved by millions around the world.”
Luca Boccato, CEO of H.n.h. Hotels & Resorts Management and Cordifin Group representative said: “The InterContinental brand is the pinnacle of luxury and complements our existing portfolio perfectly. InterContinental Venice – Palazzo Nani is in a fantastic location and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful building in this timeless city. We are looking forward to opening the doors of the hotel in 2017 and providing guests with exceptional service and an unforgettable Venetian experience.”
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. IHG has also recently announced the signing of two InterContinental hotels in two other markets in Europe - InterContinental®Sofia, Bulgaria, and InterContinental® Ljubljana in Slovenia, both of which are firsts in their markets. With 184 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts open worldwide and more than 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 5 in the pipeline*.
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.
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*Figures as at 31st December 2015.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has 184 hotels located in more than 60 countries with local insight that comes from over 60 years of experience. As a brand, we believe that superior, understated service and outstanding facilities are important, but what makes us truly different is the genuine interest we show in our guests. Our desire is to help guests make the most of their time. We connect our well-travelled guests to what’s special about a destination, by sharing our knowledge, so they enjoy authentic experiences that will enrich their lives and broaden their outlook. For more information, visit http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental.
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