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 News - 16-May-2013

Ihg Signs Agreement For Holiday Inn In Mauritius


The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a franchising agreement that will see it open a second hotel in Mauritius. It will increase the number of rooms for people looking for Mauritius luxury holidays and bring in more business from the world's largest hotel group.


The group signed the agreement with Airport Hotel Limited. This will convert Old Manor House at the Plaisance Airport into the Holiday Inn Mauritius – Plaisance Airport. The new property shall consist of 140 rooms and will become IHG's first Mauritius Holiday Inn. It is an advance on its initial offering, which opened in 2009, the InterContinental Resort Mauritius.


Delegates from Mauritius and IHG met in Dubai to sign the agreement. The new accommodation will service the growing need for more accommodation in and around the airport. Mauritius is a country that has seen a 300 per cent increase in the number of passengers flying in and out since 1990. More accommodation will help to deal with this expanding tourism market.


The Holiday Inn Mauritius is a mere 700 metres from the Plaisance Airport. It is another part of the expansion of the airport, as it also gains a new runway and increases the number of destinations it services.


The Chief Executive Officer of Omnicane Limited, Jacques Marrier d'Unienville, said, "With a new terminal at Mauritius Airport in the pipeline, the need for an airport hotel has never been greater. With Holiday Inn, we know we will be delivering a reliable, quality service to visitors to Mauritius."


He also went on to say IHG was taking into account the local environment in its development strategy. It said it wanted to preserve much of the botanical beauty of the area. This, Mr d'Unienville said, was why IHG was given permission to develop the three-acre site.


The licencing agreement lasts for 20 years and stipulated that IHG will develop the site. It will include a hotel and grounds that keeps true to traditional Mauritian architecture and values. IHG has said it will use timber shutters and decorative steelwork to maintain a local atmosphere around the hotel.


IHG's landscaping plan retains much of the existing foliage. It also wants to add to what is already there by creating a third-floor roof garden. The roof garden will become an area where guests can relax in a natural environment surrounded by local plants and flowers.


Sustainable design also plays a large part in the plans. The hotel will take advantage of natural ventilation in the living areas and e-glazing on the windows to reduce the energy spent on air-conditioning.


IHG's Chief Operating Officer in India, Africa, and the Middle East, Pascal Gauvin, said of the project, "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 and offering a global brand that people know and trust."


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