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IHG expands Africa presence

In a bid to strengthen its presence in Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the opening of its Holiday Inn in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

The franchised property, owned by African Sun Limited, features 96 rooms, an outdoor pool and a meeting room capable of seating 250 people.

Mutare is positioned in the diamond mining region of Zimbabwe, and close to the Tete Province, a coal mining region in Mozambique. Zimbabwe imports machinery, electrical and electronic equipment from the UAE, and its largest exports are in the diamond industry.

Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG, said: “Africa represents huge untapped opportunities for a variety of industries across the region. Our new property will further support business travel between the Middle East, and Africa.”

The Holiday Inn Mutare is the third Holiday Inn franchised property with the African Sun Limited. The Holiday Inn Harare and Holiday Inn Bulawayo have both performed to brand standards and present further opportunities for growth. The new Holiday Inn property in Mutare increases IHG and Africa Sun’s footprint to a total of 351 rooms.

Across the Middle East and Africa there are 31 (6,346 rooms) Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts open and an additional nine properties (2,503 rooms) due to open within next three to five years. Globally, there are almost 1,200 Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts open, with a further 265 due to open in the next three to five years.