InterContinental, Hyatt head to Russia
Wednesday 14 September 2011
InterContinental has announced ambitious plans to open 100 hotels in Russia by 2020, an expansion of almost ten times the number operating there today.
The hotel chain announced September 12 that it aimed to capitalize on growing tourism to the country by significantly adding to the number of hotels it operates, across brands such as InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Hotel Indigo.
Among the new properties will be Europe's largest Holiday Inn, a 1,000-room behemoth in Moscow set to open in 2014.
Opening sooner will be luxury brand InterContinental's first Russian hotel, the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya, which is scheduled to open in November this year and will offer 203 decadent rooms on the city's most famous shopping street.
InterContinental's Angela Brav said that the firm was responding to a need for more internationally-branded hotels.
"We want to help bring people from around Russia and the rest of the world to experience the country's rich cultural heritage and natural wonders, from Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow to the stunning Lake Baikal in Siberia," she said.
Russia is seen as a rapidly-emerging tourism destination by many in the West and is attracting a significant number of new hotel projects - earlier this summer, hotel analyst STR Global calculated that there are over 6,000 rooms under construction in the country, more than in Germany and France.
Hyatt announced last week that it would open two new properties in Vladivostok next year, the third and fourth Hyatt-branded hotels in Russia.
The Hyatt Regency Vladivostok, Golden Horn will offer 217 rooms overlooking Golden Horn Bay, while the Hyatt Vladivostok, Burny will offer 218 rooms with a direct view of the Amursky Gulf.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
Actress isn't a fan of Ed Miliband
Do you qualify – and how do you get it?
The Mayor of London's sister, Rachel Johnson, apologises for shocking tweet about the PM
- 1 Sarah Vine criticises lesbian mother Jack Monroe: 'If she was unsure about her sexuality, she should have taken greater precautions'
- 2 Black Friday 2014: Opening times for Asda, John Lewis, PC World, GAME and Argos
- 3 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 4 Jeremy Hunt: 'I took my children to A&E because I didn't want to wait for GP appointment'
- 5 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
£55000 - £65000 per annum: Investigo: My client, a global leader in their fiel...
£45000 - £52000 per annum + bonus+bens : Investigo: My client, a global leader...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits : Investigo: One of the fastest growing g...
25,000: Sphere Digital Recruitment: CRM Executive – Global Travel Brand – Luto...