InterContinental Hotels Group and Thai real estate company Ratanakorn Asset have signed eight new properties in Thailand to open between now and 2027. The properties will be in the key resort destinations of Pattaya, Rayong, Phuket, Khao Lak and Koh Samui.
The signing, which includes new-builds and a conversion across the Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites brands, will add more than 2,000 guestrooms. The new projects, which will expand IHG's portfolio of 26 hotels in the country, align with the Thai government's recent investment initiative. “Recognizing the Thai Government’s Eastern Economic Corridor project is set to fuel growth across many industries, including tourism, we took a very strategic approach at selecting, not only the location of these new developments, but the international hotel brand with which we would partner to make bolstering our hospitality portfolio here in Thailand a success,” Niti Ruangratanakorn, president of Ratanakorn Asset, said in a statement.
Here are the new IHG hotels lined up for Thailand:
The Holiday Inn Express Pattaya Koh Larn is the first of the recently signed hotels scheduled to open later this year. IHG will convert the current Sealay Resort Koh Lam at Tawean Beach in Koh Larn, Pattaya into the new Holiday Inn Express and will include a new-build element on the site. The property will be near the Bangkok Hospital Koh Larn Clinic and Na Ban public pier.
The remaining seven hotels will open as new-build properties within the next five to 10 years. The beachfront Holiday Inn Resort Pattaya Na Jomtien will open near the Cartoon Network Waterpark. Then, IHG will open Thailand's second Staybridge Suites—the Staybridge Suites North Pattaya—in Wong Amat. The new extended-stay property follows the signing of Thailand's first Staybridge Suites in December 2017.
The Holiday Inn Resort Rayong will operate on the Mae Rum Pueng Beach near the U-Tapao International Airport. The Holiday Inn Resort Khao Cape Pakarang will open soon after near the Phuket International Airport and Khao Lak's city center Bang Nieng.
The next Holiday Inn Express will also open in Phuket near the Kata beach. The Holiday Inn Express Phuket Kata will be close to several eateries, shopping areas and entertainment offerings. The final opening of the new projects will be the Holiday Inn Express Samui Chaweng. The Chaweng property will be near Chaweng Beach and the city's shopping, dining and entertainment.