IHG forays into Mauritius
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IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) signed a new franchise agreement with Airport Hotel Limited that will see the Old Manor House at Plaisance Airport become Holiday Inn Mauritius – Plaisance Airport. The 140-room property will be the first Holiday Inn to open in Mauritius.
This is a response to the need for a hotel at the airport driven by ongoing growth of the tourism market in Mauritius. The country has seen a three-fold increase in passenger traffic since 1990. The new hotel will cater to increased passenger traffic through Mauritius Airport as it continues to expand into a global business, leisure and tourism hub.
Jacques Marrier d’Unienville, chief executive officer, Omnicane Limited said: “With a new terminal at Mauritius Airport in the pipeline, the need for an airport hotel has never been greater.”
The 20-year licence agreement will see IHG redevelop the three acres site. Sustainable design initiatives in the hotel will include taking advantage of natural ventilation in the living areas as well as the use of low-e glazing to reduce air conditioning loads.
Pascal Gauvin, IHG’s chief operating officer, for India, Middle East and Africa said: “Mauritius is continuing to see an increase in visitor numbers and with that, an increased demand for a range of accommodation options. With Holiday Inn, we are responding to this demand by catering to the mid-scale market.”
The hotel will offer 131 standard and nine executive rooms along with a gym, a spa, a bar lounge and terrace, a swimming pool, restaurant as well as five meeting rooms and a large banqueting room.