IHG Opens its Second Hotel in Ecuador
Thursday June 27th, 2013 - 4:53PM BH
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GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR—IHG has opened its new 122-room, seven-story, new-build Holiday Inn Hotel Guayaquil Airport adjacent to the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport here. It is the second IHG-branded hotel for Ecuador, with the first being the Holiday Inn Express Quito, located in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito.
“The addition of the Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport hotel is in line with IHG’s strategy to expand our portfolio in all key markets across the region,” Alvaro Diago, COO, Latin America and the Caribbean, IHG, said in a statement. “Guayaquil is an ideal location as it attracts both business and leisure travelers. We are also excited to partner with BPO Asesores Empresariales S.A. on this property and look forward to continuing our relationship with them.”
The ownership recently announced plans for the Holiday Inn Quito Airport hotel, scheduled to debut in 2016.
Guayaquil is Ecuador’s main port and economic hub. The city boasts significant regional influence in commercial, financial and cultural activities, according to IHG. Gerardo Murray, VP, Marketing Strategic Services for Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean, IHG, said in a statement, “Guayaquil lures both business and leisure travelers alike, and the hotel's proximity to the city’s convention center, downtown, main business area and shopping venues make it ideal."
The new hotel will be designed in line with the Holiday Inn brand family’s $1-billion global brand relaunch. The hotel will feature a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.
The Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, business center, fitness center overlooking the airport and city, lobby bar, eight meeting rooms with capacity for over 200 people and free airport shuttle service. On the top floor overlooking the city is the executive floor equipped with an exclusive front desk, lounge and a VIP meeting room.
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