IHG boosts Punjab portfolio with double signing

Image of Zirakpur by Biswarup Ganguly, CC 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
IHG Hotels & Resorts has signed a management agreement with NK Sharma Hospitality Pvt Ltd to develop two new hotels in the Chandigarh tri-city area in northern India.

Crowne Plaza Chandigarh Zirakpur will join the group’s portfolio in the premium segment and Holiday Inn & Suites Chandigarh Zirakpur will enter the essentials collection.

Strategically located

Currently under construction, both hotels are scheduled to open in January 2027.

Complementing Holiday Inn Chandigarh Panchkula and Holiday Inn Chandigarh Zirakpur, the dual signing will strengthen IHG’s offerings in Punjab and add over 350 keys to the company’s portfolio in the state. Forming a cluster in Zirakpur, the new hotels will be strategically located adjacent to National Highway 22, one of the busiest highways in India, attracting travellers from nearby cities and towns.

Banqueting demand

Once opened, both Crowne Plaza Chandigarh Zirakpur and Holiday Inn & Suites Chandigarh Zirakpur will be positioned amongst the largest regional banqueting facilities, with approximately 100,000 sq ft of meeting space, poised to meet the demand for weddings, conferences, and events from Zirakpur, Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula and Dera Bassi.

Situated in close proximity to Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Uttarakhand, the hotels will tap into guests seeking stopovers on leisure trips.

Crowning story

Crowne Plaza Chandigarh Zirakpur will feature 150 keys and four food and beverage outlets including an all-day dining, specialty restaurant, a lobby lounge and bar.

Alongside premium rooms, the hotel will also include meeting spaces across nine venues including a ballroom for special events. Other facilities to relax and unwind include a club lounge, pool, fitness centre, spa and retail.

Holiday Inn inspiration

The upcoming 200-key Holiday Inn & Suites will feature three food and beverage outlets including an all-day dining, bar, and a lobby lounge.

To cater to MICE demands, the hotel will be equipped with three meeting rooms including a ballroom. The property will also feature a pool and a fitness centre.

Significant draw

Sudeep Jain, MD, south west Asia, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “We are thrilled to expand our mainstream offering with another Holiday Inn hotel in Punjab in the vibrant locale of Zirakpur, and to introduce Crowne Plaza Chandigarh Zirakpur, alongside our longstanding partners NK Sharma Hospitality Pvt Ltd. The hotels’ strategic location along the NH22 and their easy accessibility to popular leisure destinations like Shimla and Kasauli will undoubtedly prove to be a significant draw for travellers across segments, both leisure and business.

“IHG has been increasingly focusing on emerging markets in India, and the addition of two new hotels to the burgeoning tri-city area of Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Zirakpur will enable us to cater to the growing demand of quality accommodation in this dynamic region.”

Fruitful partnership

NK Sharma, MD at NK Sharma Hospitality Pvt Ltd, added: “We are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with IHG Hotels & Resorts through the expansion of Holiday Inn & Suites and to debut Crowne Plaza in Punjab.

“Building upon the success of Holiday Inn Chandigarh Panchkula, we have confidence that our partnership will prove to be fruitful, dedicated to providing top-quality hospitality to our guests. We look forward to harnessing the benefits of IHG’s global systems and robust loyalty programme to maximise our mutual success.”