IHG ramping up luxury footprint in Nepal

Three InterContinental, one Hotel Indigo branded property to open over next 4 years

IHG Hotels & Resorts is making a play at the luxury market in Nepal, inking a management contract to open four new hotels across two brands, and marking the debut of its global brands, InterContinental and Hotel Indigo, in the market.

The signing will see IHG add close to 500 rooms to its portfolio in Nepal. The deal with Nepals’ Shangri-La Hotel & Resort Group comprises InterContinental Kathmandu Lazimpat, Hotel Indigo Pokhara Gharipatan, InterContinental Resort Pokhara Begnas Lake, and InterContinental Resort Chitwan, Meghauli.

With this signing, IHG has strengthened its footprint across the South-West Asia region, specifically in luxury & lifestyle segment. Currently under construction, the new hotels are scheduled to open in the next 1-4 years in the most sought-after leisure destinations of Nepal – Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.

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Commenting on the signings, Sudeep Jain, Managing Director, South West Asia, IHG Hotels & Resorts said, “We are delighted to introduce two of our leading brands from the luxury and lifestyle portfolio, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and Hotel Indigo, to Nepal. The signing of four new hotels in partnership with the esteemed and well- known Shangri-La Hotel & Resort Group of Nepal is testament to the trust and love for our brands from our owners as well as guests, and we are proud to grow our footprint in the South-West Asia region to bring our offering to new markets. The strategic location of all four hotels in different key tourism destinations of Nepal provide us with a great opportunity to offer world-class hospitality and cater to the demands of our guests.

“InterContinental and Hotel Indigo have seen phenomenal success across key markets in the wider EMEAA region and we are pleased to have these brands at the forefront of Nepal’s flourishing hospitality industry,” said Sudeep Jain, Managing Director, South West Asia, IHG Hotels & Resorts. “We are confident that our brands will provide world-class hospitality experiences to guests, and also that we will be the preferred choice for our owners who are looking to build their portfolio in the luxury and lifestyle category.”

World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara, Nepal

Prasidha B. Panday, Chairman, Shangri-La Hotel & Resort Group, added, “We are confident that our partnership with IHG to open four new hotels will help us offer world-class hospitality to guests, at a time when travel to Nepal has increased exponentially. All new hotels will be located in top tourism hubs, and we expect to benefit from the strength and scale of IHG’s global systems, technology and a strong loyalty program”.

InterContinental Kathmandu Lazimpat

The new InterContinental Kathmandu Lazimpat will be redeveloped on the same site as Hotel Shangri-la Kathmandu hotel on Lazimpat Road. Located in a high-profile area, the 225-room hotel will be in close proximity to various embassies; offer easy access to the city centre, and be a 15-minute drive from Tribhuvan International Airport.

Hotel Indigo Pokhara

Strategically located in Pokhara’s Gharipatan area, Hotel Indigo Pokhara will serve the growing demand from business and leisure guests in the city. The 100-keys hotel will feature facilities such as a retail store, health club, spa, club lounge, business centre, indoor and outdoor recreation areas, and swimming pool.

Kathmandu, Entwicklungs region Mitte, Nepal | Credit: Volker Meyer/Pexels

InterContinental Pokhara Begnas Lake

Conveniently located along the banks of Begnas Lake in Pokhara, InterContinental Pokhara Begnas Lake will feature 80 rooms, an all-day dining a lobby lounge, and a bar amongst other dining options. InterContinental Pokhara Begnas Lake will also feature a retail store, a health club, a spa, a club lounge, a business centre, indoor and outdoor recreation areas and a swimming pool.

InterContinental Resort Chitwan

InterContinental Resort Chitwan is located in the popular tourist destination of Mehgauli Village. The resort will feature 80 rooms and facilities such as all-day dining and a specialty restaurant, a lobby lounge, bars, a health club, a spa, business centre, indoor and outdoor recreation areas, swimming pooland will be in close-proximity to Chitwan National Park.

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