FHW STAFF– Mumbai
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of Holiday Inn Express Chennai Mahindra World City in the corporate hub of Mahindra World City near Chennai. The property was officially opened by IHG’s Pascal Gauvin, COO, India, Middle East and Africa and Douglas Martell, vice president operations, South West Asia alongside Saurabh Sonthalia, country head – Duet India, Naveen Jain, president, Duet India Hotels and Sangeeta Prasad, CEO – Integrated Cities and Industrial Clusters, Mahindra Lifespace Developers. This is the second hotel to open under a joint venture partnership formed between Duet India Hotels and IHG which will see a total of 19 hotels open under the brand.
The 140 room hotel offers a great location for business travellers visiting companies based within the city, which includes global software firms and automotive groups. Additionally, the hotel has easy access to key sightseeing attractions and shopping districts in Chennai.
At the launch of Holiday Inn Express Chennai Mahindra World City, Naveen Jain, president, Duet India Hotels, said, “We are delighted to bring Holiday Inn Express to the city of Chennai, which can easily be described as the commercial hub of south India. Our entry into Chennai is testimony to the immense growth potential for this hotel segment in southern India. We expect the location of the hotel and its smart services will make it a popular choice amongst the business travellers to Chennai.”
Douglas Martell, vice president operations, South West Asia, IHG commented, “Holiday Inn Express is our key growth driver in India and the brand accounts for over 85 per cent of our growth in the country. We are very pleased to bring Holiday Inn Express, our fastest growing brand to Mahindra World City. I am confident that the hotel will appeal to the fuss-free and value-driven choices of today’s ‘smart’ and ‘savvy’ travellers.”
Sangeeta Prasad, CEO, Integrated Cities & Industrial Clusters, Mahindra Lifespace Developers, said, “We are delighted that Holiday Inn Express, one of the most well-known hospitality brands is opening its doors in Mahindra World City, Chennai. This is a significant step in our endeavour of enhancing the social platform here as it will cater to both the corporates and the families who are part of this ecosystem. Moreover, it will also be the first international hospitality brand in the corridor on this side of the city.”