IHG Expands Footprint in Africa

IHG Expands Footprint in AfricaMUTARE, ZIMBABWE—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened a new Holiday Inn here. Located in the heart of the city center, the franchised property is owned by African Sun Limited. The property has 96 rooms, an outdoor pool and a meeting room capable of seating 250 people.

Outside of Southern Africa, the UAE is Zimbabwe’s biggest export market. Mutare is positioned in the diamond mining region of Zimbabwe, and close to the Tete Province, a coal mining region in Mozambique. Zimbabwe imports machinery, electrical and electronic equipment from the UAE, and its largest exports are in the diamond industry.

“Africa represents huge untapped opportunities for a variety of industries across the region. We’re thrilled to announce the opening in Mutare as we believe that it will further support business travel between the Middle East and Africa,” said Pascal Gauvin, COO, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG.

“We have successfully launched two Holiday Inn hotels together, and have seen great success across both properties. Now that the hotel has opened its doors, it will benefit equally from IHG’s global distribution systems, strong brand portfolio and loyalty programs,” said Edwin T Shangwa, managing director, African Sun.

The Holiday Inn Mutare is the third Holiday Inn franchised property with African Sun Limited.