IHG Expands India Footprint with Opening of Holiday Inn Amritsar Ranjit Avenue
New Delhi, India, 11 November 2013: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has marked its presence in Punjab with the opening of Holiday Inn Amritsar Ranjit Avenue. The hotel is the newest addition to IHG’s growing portfolio in India and is the seventh Holiday Inn hotel in the country.
The 145-room hotel is located in the centre of Amritsar’s premier commercial district, Ranjit Avenue, giving travellers the opportunity to experience everything Amritsar has to offer. The famous Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) is located a short distance away and Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport and railway station are within a 15 minute drive from the hotel.
The hotel offers a full range of facilities and amenities to guests, including an outdoor pool and fitness centre and, in its spacious and contemporary rooms, 32” plasma screens, high-speed internet, wi-fi and a multimedia hub for easy connectivity.
Guests at the hotel can choose from a variety of dining options, including: Ziva, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant; Bella Italian Trattoria, Amritsar’s first and only authentic Italian restaurant; and The Lounge, a stylish lounge bar serving a selection of gourmet tea, coffee and relaxing cocktails.
The hotel’s Grand Ballroom can hold 450 people and will cater to a range of events, from weddings to corporate events and conferences.
Commenting on the opening of the hotel Douglas Martell, Vice President Operations South West Asia, IHG said, “Both religious and leisure tourism in Amritsar is booming and demand for hotels has never been higher. We are delighted to bring our Holiday Inn brand to the city. With the central location of the hotel, range of international facilities and best in class service, I am certain it will become a new landmark of hospitality in this city.”
Kunal Shankar, General Manager, Holiday Inn Amritsar Ranjit Avenue said, “Amritsar is already one of India’s most popular religious tourist destinations and we look forward to catering to the demand for an international hotel brand. Our hotel has a winning formula: a contemporary, comfortable hotel, in the centre of the city, combined with great service. Both international and domestic travellers can expect a world-class experience.”
In India, IHG now has 15 hotels open across 10 cities in the country: seven Holiday Inn hotels and Resorts, five Crowne Plaza hotels, one Holiday Inn Express hotel and one InterContinental hotel. Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels make up IHG’s biggest proportion of upcoming hotels in the country with 25 Holiday Inn hotels and 16 Holiday Inn Express hotels due to open over the next three to five years.
Having started out as an inn in Memphis, Tennessee in the US, Holiday Inn has become a household name across the globe and a pioneer in the hotel industry. There are currently 1,200 Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts around the world and 250 due to open over the next three to five years.
SOURCE: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)