Now IHG Wants to Expand Holiday Inn Express in India
If there was ever a hotel prom, India would be the hottest girl to take this year. After Starwood and Marriott both announced their intentions to open more hotels in India (W and Fairfield Inn respectively), now comes news that the Intercontinental Hotel Group will build 19 Holiday Inn Express hotels in India over the next five years.
The WSJ has the breakdown:
The new hotels, which will add approximately 3,300 rooms to IHG's current India development pipeline of more than 10,000 rooms in 46 hotels, will be primarily located in India's major and secondary cities including New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore and are expected to open by 2016. IHG currently has 12 hotels open in India, comprising 2191 rooms.
Hmm...can't say we super excited about Holiday Inn Expresses in India. After all, we aren't going to travel all that way to stay in an HIX.
Of course, this expansion is meant for the growing Indian business traveler market but it's good to know that we could have the comforts of home, and their free WiFi, when we need them.