IHG signs agreement to debut voco® in Jeddah
Signing continues accelerated growth of the voco® brand across Saudi Arabia
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 30 September 2019: IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed an agreement with Nouh Mohamad Nouh and Partners Limited. for voco® Jeddah Gate. The latest signing underpinning IHG’s commitment to expand its footprint across the Kingdom. This marks the third voco® signing in Saudi Arabia in a span of 9 months and follows the recent announcement of signing of world’s largest voco® in Makkah.
Expected to open in January 2021, voco® Jeddah Gate will be IHG’s sixth hotel in Jeddah and the fifth brand from the IHG family. The 681-key hotel will occupy a premium location in the Fayhaa area within Jeddah Gate, an integrated master-planned community, which will feature a combination of residential housing units, world-class accommodation, commercial areas as well recreational amenities once complete.. Situated in one of the most sought-after lifestyle destinations, voco® Jeddah Gate will be located at just 10 minutes from King Abdulaziz International Airport and in close proximity to the main railroad linking the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madina to Jeddah, making it a great base for religious tourists.
In addition to two dining options, voco® Jeddah Gate will offer excellent MICE facilities, including four meeting rooms to accommodate up to 600 guests as well as recreational facilities such as an outdoor pool and health club for guests looking to keep fit and relax on their trip.
Pascal Gauvin, Managing Director, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG said, “We are pleased to collaborate with Nouh Mohamad Nouh and Partners Limited to further expand the presence of the voco® brand across Saudi Arabia. voco® has been received extremely well in the country and we are encouraged with the confidence that our owners and partners have shown in the brand. voco® Jeddah Gate is well located in the city and will offer a welcoming and unique stay experience to guests when the hotel open its doors in 2021.
With Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is poised for a new era of travel as the country undergoes a historic period of growth and transformation. This presents unprecedented opportunities for the tourism and hospitality industries and the kingdom remains a priority market for us. With the recent signings, across brands, we are solidifying our position as one of the largest hospitality players in the Kingdom.”
Mohamad Nouh Marak, General Manager of Nouh Mohamad Nouh and Partners Limited added, “We are delighted to partner with IHG given their global expertise and strong legacy in Saudi Arabia. The signing demonstrates our shared commitment to Vision 2030 and confidence in the future growth of the Saudi tourism sector. voco® Jeddah Gate will be the largest branded hotel in Jeddah and will be a preferred choice for travellers who seek a bold, distinctive identity and informal service style.”
voco®, IHG’s upscale brand combines the informality and charm of an individual hotel with the quality and reassurance of a global and respected brand. The brand allows guests to enjoy an upscale experience with the freshness of a unique, independent hotel under a name they can trust. Since being launched globally just over a year ago, voco has enjoyed rapid growth with multiple signings across the Middle East.
IHG currently operates 92 hotels across 7 brands in the Middle East, including: InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, voco and Six Senses with a further 38 in the development pipeline due to open within the next three to five years.**
**Numbers as of March 31st, 2019
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