By Elizabeth Broomhall
InterContinental Hotel Group will open 40 properties around the region in next five years
The Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) is planning to hire between 10,000 and 15,000 staff for its Middle East expansion, the firm’s chief operating officer (COO) for India, Middle East and Africa has said.
The UK-based hotel operator will launch 40 new regional properties in the next three to five years, six of which will be in the UAE, said Pascal Gauvin.
“We have 40 hotels in the pipeline in the Middle East and Africa. We have five openings this year still to come.
“How many people we recruit depends on the size of the hotel, but it could be 10,000 or 15,000 people.”
IHG operates 93 hotels in the region across five brands InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Steybridge Suites.
A new brand, Indigo, will be added to its regional offering in 2014 with the opening of Hotel Indigo Riyadh in King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Saudi Arabia.
The five new properties to be opened this year will include Crowne Plaza properties in Doha, Jordan and Medinah, a Holiday Inn Express in Bahrain and a Holiday Inn in Riyadh.
Its Steybridge Suites hotel in Beirut is expected to open early next year, Gauvin said.
Other hotels in the pipeline include InterContinental Riyadh KAFD and the InterContinental in Kuwait.