IHG targets Bangkok medical tourists

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a new hotel that is expected to cater for the rising number of medical tourists to Bangkok.

Opening in 2018, the 200-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bangkok Soi Soonvijai will feature a range of rooms and long-stay suites, on the doorstep of Bangkok General Hospital.

IHG signs the deal with Prime Living Soonvijai Co Ltd
IHG signs the deal with Prime Living Soonvijai Co Ltd

“We’ve been seeing encouraging signs of recovery in Bangkok’s tourism industry – once again proving the city’s resilience – and this includes the city’s growing position as a medical tourism destination,” said Leanne Harwood, IHG’s vice president of operations for Southeast Asia.

“There is no better time to be looking at developing a hotel near one of the main hospitals in Bangkok and adding an extended stay option to the new hotel is a strategic decision.

The development will include features such as the brand’s ‘Great Room’ concept, a fitness centre, swimming pool and recreation areas. All guests will be offered free breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Thailand is IHG’s biggest market in Southeast Asia, with 17 properties across five brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Indigo. The company has a further nine hotels in the pipeline in the country.

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