InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of world’s leading hotel chains, has checked into Chennai by signing a contract with Adyar Gate Hotels, the owners of Sheraton Park. The contract involves managing Sheraton Park, Chennai, replacing ITC, which was managing the hotel property until recently. After IHG assumes charge of the management, the hotel will be rechristened as Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park.
IHG on Wednesday announced the signing of the 286-room Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park with Adyar Gate Hotels, the owners of Sheraton Park. According to an IHG statement, the hotel will be rebranded, marking the entry of the company’s Crowne Plaza brand into the city.
The hotel joins Holiday Inn Express Chennai Mahindra World City, making it the second IHG hotel in Chennai. Located in the city’s central business district, the hotel bears additional significance for IHG as it was originally the site of the company’s first Holiday Inn to open in India in the 1970s.
Shantha de Silva, Head of South West Asia, IHG said: “Chennai is already one of the largest industrial and commercial centres in South India and as it grows in prominence as one of the country’s key cultural, economic and educational hubs, there is great potential for growth in tourism and hospitality. It is with great pleasure that we are working together with Adyar Gate Hotels to launch our Crowne Plaza brand here to cater to the increasing number of business and leisure travellers.”
There are currently eight Crowne Plaza hotels and resorts open across India, and five additional hotels due to open in the next three to five years.
Manish Goyal, joint managing director, Adyar Gate Hotels, said, “IHG has a strong reputation as a hotel operator and we are pleased to be working with them to open Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park in Chennai. The hotel has great potential to increase its share of business through a new and improved corporate and leisure focus and we’re confident we found the right partner to deliver these great guest experiences.”
IHG has 21 hotels (4,100 rooms) in 13 cities in India across four brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. The company has 47 hotels in the development pipeline, including Holiday Inn Express Chennai OMR and Holiday Inn Chennai OMR Tidel Park, which will open in Chennai within next three to five years.