Published on : Thursday, November 22, 2018
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Whitefield ITPL. The property is the second Holiday Inn Express hotel to open its doors from the IHG – SAMHI partnership. With 161 efficiently design, contemporary rooms, best in class in-room amenities and a great service culture, the hotel aims to empower guests visiting Bengaluru to accomplish their travel goals.
According to a survey conducted by IHG in conjunction with SAMHI Pvt. Ltd, Bengaluru is amongst the top two cities for business travel in India; and emerged as the most travelled destination from Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. The survey was completed by Nielsen India in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad with 25-44-year old respondents who travel largely for business across India. The survey also revealed that majority of respondents (46%) spend 3-5 days in a month travelling for business. The newly opened Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Whitefield ITPL is well positioned to cater to the needs of the growing business travel segment in the city.
Set in the heart of Whitefield, the IT hub of Bengaluru, Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Whitefield ITPL is strategically located in close proximity to the major IT corporates, shopping malls and city hospitals. A 40-minute drive from the Bengaluru International Airport, the hotel also offers convenient access to the Karnataka Trade Promotion Organization. Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Whitefield ITPL offers free high-speed Internet in all rooms for seamless connectivity, quality breakfast included in the rate or a Grab & Go option, on-site self-laundry facility, and a gymnasium for the guests to stay energized and in shape. Elevating the guest experience further, the hotel features the brand’s signature ‘Great Room’, to socialize and entertain and 2 meeting rooms for business requirements.
Commenting on the announcement, Vivek Bhalla, Regional Vice President, SWA, IHG said, “After a successful launch of Holiday Inn Express Gurgaon Sector 50, we are delighted to announce the opening of the second Holiday Inn Express hotel from our partnership with SAMHI. Bengaluru is one of the fastest growing metropolis in India with a booming IT industry and a host to many conferences and seminars, attracting visitors from around the world. The city is also a starting point for excursions to tourists’ attractions in South India and attracts leisure travelers in big numbers. With addition of Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Whitefield ITPL to our portfolio in Bengaluru, we are confident of offering great hotel experiences to business as well as leisure travellers visiting the city.”
Ashish Jakhanwala, MD & CEO, SAMHI added, “After the opening of our first hotel with IHG in September, we are excited to start welcoming guests at Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Whitefield ITPL. We are very proud of the hotel we are opening today and are confident that a design led, enhanced product and a great service culture will be received extremely well by our guests.”
Holiday Inn Express recently launched a new brand campaign in India, centered around ‘More Than Ready’ , a platform which aims to empower 25-35 years’ travelers, who as road warriors look for added advantages to accomplish their travel goals.
IHG and SAMHI entered a partnership in 2017 to rebrand 14 hotels (approximately 2000 rooms, operating and under construction) to Holiday Inn Express hotels. The first hotel under the portfolio – Holiday Inn Express Gurgaon Sector 50 opened in September 2018, followed by the opening of Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Whitefield ITPL today. Creating a pan India presence, the other 12 hotels will be located across key cities in India such as Pune, Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Kolkata. The hotels under the portfolio are being renovated and upgraded with the latest design directives, to ensure the portfolio is fully representative of the Holiday Inn Express brand globally.