2 November, 2014 – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announces the signing of two Holiday Inn® hotels under its eighth multiple development agreement (MDA) in Germany.
The two hotels – Holiday Inn® Dresden – City South and Holiday Inn® Villingen-Schwenningen are the first to be signed with new owner partner FFF Group. The MDA will see five IHG branded hotels developed in total.
Holiday Inn Dresden – City South (formerly FFF City Hotel Leonardo), is due to open next year. The 93-room hotel will feature the brand’s signature Open Lobby, as well as an all-day dining restaurant and four conference rooms.
Dresden is regaining its cultural importance as a centre for art, architecture and music and is growing in popularity as a destination for business and leisure guests. This historical city is home to the Saxon State Opera, several museums and over 13,000 listed cultural monuments. The hotel occupies a great location nearby Dresden University of Technology on Bamberger Street.
Holiday Inn Dresden – City South will strengthen IHG’s presence in the area as it joins Holiday Inn Dresden and Holiday Inn Express® Dresden – City Centre. Holiday Inn Dresden – Am Zwinger is also due to open in the city in 2015.
Meanwhile Holiday Inn Villingen-Schwenningen will be a new-build property opening in 2016. The hotel will feature 178 rooms, a gym, an Open Lobby and extensive conference facilities with more than 500 square metres of conference space.
Located between the Villingen and Schwenningen municipalities, Holiday Inn Villingen-Schwenningen is the first IHG hotel to be developed in the area. It is conveniently located right next to one of the new and leading hospitals and research institutions on Schwenninger Street and is only four kilometres away from Villingen-Schwenningen train station. The district’s stunning surroundings – the Black Forest, the mouth of the River Danube and Lake Konstanz (Bodensee) – attract a steady flow of domestic and international travellers.
Martin Bowen, Associate Vice President of Development, Germany, IHG said: “We’re delighted to have signed our eighth MDA in Germany and look forward to working with FFF on these projects. MDAs are proving to be a key driver in accelerating our growth and that of our owners’ in Germany.”
Dirk Feid, Managing Director and Founder of FFF said: “We’re excited about these new developments and believe they will perform very strongly. Holiday Inn is the most recognised hotel brand in the world so we’re delighted to debut the brand in Villingen Schwenningen. Equally we know Holiday Inn Dresden –City South will add further value to Dresden’s hospitality market and provide guests with a comfortable stay in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.”
Every Holiday Inn features signature bedding that includes a pillow menu, as well as meeting and on-site business facilities, free breakfast and a Kids Stay and Eat Free programme. There are currently 283 Holiday Inn hotels & Resorts in Europe with a further 33 in the pipeline*. Guests can book rooms now at the Holiday Inn website – www.holidayinn.com.
IHG’s broader family of nine brands in nearly 100 countries meets the needs of guests, whatever the occasion – whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a once-in-a-lifetime experience. All IHG hotels participate in IHG’s guest loyalty programme, IHG® Rewards Club which is the industry’s first and largest guest loyalty programme with over 82 million members. It is free to join at www.IHGRewardsClub.com.
* Figures as at 30th September 2014
About InterContinental Hotels Group
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts.
IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 82 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet across all hotels, globally.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,700 hotels and 697,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with almost 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
SOURCE: InterContinental Hotels Group