IHG managing director for Southeast Asia and Korea Rajit Sukumaran said the domestic and international tourism was returning after the pandemic, and Malaysia was seen as a land of opportunity by everyone at IHG.
“We recognise the great potential in growing our estate in its fantastic city and resort locations, thereby providing our guests with an even greater opportunity to discover, and rediscover, some truly stunning destinations,” said Sukumuran.
IHG currently has six hotels in the country, offering guests a choice of nearly 2,000 rooms in renowned properties.
This includes InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre and Holiday Inn Express Kota Kinabalu City Centre.
IHG said it was busy delivering on its strategy of growing its presence in the market, where a development pipeline of 11 hotels across six brands left it ideally placed to expand its portfolio in the next two years.
“This will provide a wide range of employment opportunities,” it added.
The return of IHG’s much-loved Crowne Plaza brand will – for the first time in a decade – allow guests in Malaysia to enjoy one of the world’s largest premium hotel brands and its signature work/life blend experience.
Crowne Plaza Penang Butterworth Straits City will be the first property to open later this year, ahead of Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Crowne Plaza Kota Kinabalu Waterfront.
IHG said it would introduce three new brands to the market.
This includes Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Regent Hotels & Resorts, and Hotel Indigo.
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