By Neil Halligan
Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and InterContinental to be built on same site
Bukhamseen Holding in Kuwait will redeveloping where it currently has the Crowne Plaza property in Kuwait, and develop the site into three hotels.
Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East & Africa at hotelier IHG, explained that site where the existing Crowne Plaza is located, which was formerly a Holiday Inn, will be redeveloped into three hotels, including an InterContinental.
“In Kuwait, we have an existing Crowne Plaza which was originally a Holiday Inn. In fact it is was the first Holiday Inn signed by the Bukhamseen family - the father,” Gauvin explained.
“Over the years it became a Crowne Plaza and today they want to develop the site even further. We are bringing back the Crowne Plaza to a Holiday Inn. We are adding a new Crowne Plaza - new build - and an InterContinental as well,” he added.
Gauvin said the development will further extend a business relationship that extends close to 40 years.
“Over 37 years with us, they are still buying our brand and using our brand. When they wanted to rethink about redeveloping the site, they just added brands from us. It’s really quite phenomenal and we are really quite excited about it,” he said.
Kuwait-based Bukhamseen Holding is a conglomerate involved in a host of industries, including real estate, banking, retail, and education, has nine hotel properties across the Middle East.