Sunday 18 August 2019

IHG in deal with Bin Faqeeh for new hotel in Bahrain

MANAMA, April 21, 2019

Hospitality giant InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a partnership deal with Bahrain-based real estate developer Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Company to open the first Staybridge Suites hotel in Bahrain.

Expected to open in January 2020, the 128-room Staybridge Suites Manama Al Seef will be located in the heart of the capital and will benefit from proximity to the popular shopping and commercial destination, the Seef District. Guests can also enjoy home-like surroundings and amenities throughout the hotel with a feeling of community including a fully equipped kitchen, spacious suites, large workspaces, complimentary wi-fi, a business centre and fitness centre.

The signing was held in the headquarters of the Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Company with the attendance of Sheikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, CEO of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA).

Commenting on the signing, Shaikh Khaled said: “The development of Staybridge Suites comes in line with BTEA’s strategy which focuses on four pillars ‘awareness, attraction, access, and accommodation’ in order to attract regional and international visitors, further increasing the tourism sector’s contribution to the national economy. Bahrain is currently witnessing the launch of several hotels and serviced apartments due to the influx of inbound tourists. We will continue to dedicate our efforts towards enhancing tourist and hospitality services in order to deliver exceptional services for visitors.”
Pascal Gauvin, managing director, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG, said: “We are excited to be partnering with Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Company to debut the Staybridge® Suites brand in Bahrain. The tourism industry in Bahrain is gaining momentum with an increase in leisure and business travellers, especially from the GCC countries, that is resulting in a rising demand for long stay accommodation. Seef District is the commercial hub of Bahrain and boasts of some of the best shopping destinations in the city, which is why it makes perfect sense to develop Bahrain’s first Staybridge Suites here."
He added: "Staybridge Suites Manama Al Seef marks our third hotel in the country, positioning us to cater to a wider-range of guest profiles, and we look forward to welcoming our guests to this newest addition to our portfolio, in 2020.”
Faisal Faqeeh, chairman of Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Company, added: “The fantastic location combined with the unique offering of Staybridge Suites Manama Al Seef, make it the ideal choice for travellers looking for a home away from home experience. Designed to give both business and leisure travellers a compelling experience in the heart of the city, we are proud to partner with a global leader such as IHG, to further market growth in the country. We are confident that our partnership will be a success and look forward to welcoming guests to the hotel.”
There are currently five Staybridge Suites hotels open across the Middle East, with a further eight due to open in the next three to five years. - TradeArabia News Service


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