August 18, 2016 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, is proud to announce the signing of Holiday Inn® Gdansk City Centre - reinforcing the company’s growing position in the Polish market. The property will operate under a management agreement with real estate developers UBM Development AG and is set to open in 2019.
There are currently six IHG hotels open in Poland with a further six in the pipeline. IHG recently announced that in the first half of 2016, it signed 4k rooms (24 hotels) - our best H1 performance since 2008.
Gdansk is becoming a popular tourist destination thanks to its unique architecture influenced by a united nations of wealthy merchants who shaped the city’s past. Located in the city centre of Gdansk, in front the Gdansk Marina, the 236-roomed property is within walking distance of the main train station and is only a 25-minute drive from Gdansk Lech Wa??sa International Airport, making it ideal for both business and leisure guests.
The new build hotel will not only have a conference space, gym and parking spaces but it will also Holiday Inn’s® innovative and revolutionary Open Lobby. Part of Holiday Inn’s extensive brand transformation, the Open Lobby is an open space at the centre of our Holiday Inn® hotels, which enables dwell time for our guests and an inviting environment in which they can work and enjoy leisure time within the heart of the hotel. As with all Holiday Inn® hotels, all guests will be offered free WiFi.
Miguel Martins, Director Development Poland, IHG, commented: “Poland is fast becoming a hub for business and leisure travel due to its economic growth in the last few years. We always look to put the right brands in the areas in which guests want them and we are thrilled to have signed a Holiday Inn brand with our long-standing partners UBM adding to IHG’s portfolio in the Polish market.”
Martin Löcker, UBM, who already work with IHG on five other hotels, said: “We are really excited to have signed another property with IHG, expanding our portfolio in Eastern Europe. Situated in the heart of Gdansk this property will not only be beneficial to leisure travellers but also to business guests who will have easy access to the airport and all the facilities they will need to make the most of their trip.
The Holiday Inn brand family continues to be IHG’s engine for growth as the largest midscale brand internationally, with a global pipeline of 911 hotels.
In Europe, there are currently 657 IHG hotels open with a further 132 in the pipeline*.
*Figures as at 30th June 2016
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