IHG expands in India with third HIEx this year

Holiday Inn Express Chennai OMR Thoraipakkam. Photo credit: IHG

IHG has opened the Holiday Inn Express Chennai OMR Thoraipakkam, its third opening for the brand in India this year in partnership with Samhi Hotels for a portfolio of 14 Holiday Inn Express properties. 

The hotel has 149 guestrooms, a guest laundry, a gym and a meeting room. The property is a 40-minute drive from Chennai International Airport.  

“Chennai is one of the leading business and leisure hubs in Southern India and therefore an important market for us,” said Regional VP Vivek Bhalla at IHG. “We have a strong presence in Chennai across our brands and this latest addition to our portfolio will further strengthen our offering to the travelers visiting the city.”

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“Over the past decade OMR has emerged as the IT and business hub in Chennai, and the location is a perfect fit for a brand like Holiday Inn Express,” said Ashish Jakhanwala, managing director and CEO of Samhi. “We are confident that Holiday Inn Express Chennai OMR Thoraipakkam will emerge as a popular choice amongst the business and leisure travelers alike.”    

IHG and Samhi entered into a partnership in 2017 to rebrand 14 hotels with approximately 2,000 rooms (operating and under construction) to the HIEx brand. The first three hotels were launched in Gurgaon, Bangalore and Pune in the autumn.

In addition to Chennai; Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad will see new properties open by the end of this year, according to the company.