IHG confirms Chennai conversion

Image of Chennai’s Egmore neighbourhood by Arvind_S on Flickr.
IHG Hotels & Resorts has signed a management agreement with Abu Estate Private Limited for a Holiday Inn in the southeastern Indian city of Chennai.

Holiday Inn Chennai Egmore is set to open in Q1 2025 as a 92-key conversion hotel.

Capitalising on footfall

Centrally located in Chennai, Egmore is an upcoming industrial area with proximity to government offices, high-end residential complexes, a railway station and landmark buildings.

Once opened, Holiday Inn Chennai Egmore will capitalise on the footfall of business and leisure travellers seeking an elevated hospitality experience in the city.

Wide preference range

The hotel will feature modern guestrooms, a health club, an all-day dining restaurant, a bar and a lobby lounge, catering to a wide range of guest preferences.

The property will also showcase banqueting spaces, including a grand ballroom and versatile breakaway rooms, suitable for both large and intimate social gatherings.

Strong demand

Sudeep Jain, MD, southwest Asia, IHG Hotels & Resorts said: “We are delighted to expand our mainstream brand from IHG’s essential portfolio, Holiday Inn in the key market of Chennai in partnership with Abu Estate Private Limited. Chennai stands among the most frequented Indian cities by domestic and international travellers, generating a strong demand for high-quality accommodations. The city also benefits from demands generated by various technology and industrial parks in the vicinity, and we are confident to capitalise on the same and offer world class IHG hospitality to our leisure and business travellers.

“Recognising the growing potential of diverse markets across India, we are strategically expanding our presence to offer quality branded accommodations and unparalleled service in line with the rising demand. We look forward to delivering exceptional hospitality and creating memorable experiences for our guests at Holiday Inn Egmore Chennai upon its opening in 2025.”

Prime location

Abu Akil, CEO, Abu Estate Private Limited, added: “We are pleased to join the IHG Hotels & Resorts family and expand the presence of Holiday Inn brand in Chennai. Holiday Inn is one of the most recognised brands across the world offering a consistently comfortable and welcoming experience.

“With the hotel’s prime location, coupled with IHG’s global strength, technological prowess, and esteemed loyalty programme, we are confident the hotel will be a preferred choice once it opens its doors to guests.”

Indian doubling

IHG currently has 45 hotels operating across five brands in India, including Six Senses, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Resort and Holiday Inn Express.

It is due to double its national presence with a pipeline numbering another 45 properties due to open in the next three to five years, including a trio in Bengaluru: the 140-key Crowne Plaza Bengaluru Raj Bhavan Road and the 170-room Staybridge Suites Bengaluru Thanisandra, both due for delivery in Q1 2024, and InterContinental Bengaluru Whitefield, bringing 265 keys online in Q1 2025.