InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a multi-year contract extension with leading tourism-related investment, development and management company Omran for InterContinental Muscat. The 258-room hotel will undergo extensive refurbishment, providing guests more amenities and facilities upon completion in 2017.
Bringing to life an InterContinental brand hallmark – the Concierge Programme, one of the main new features of InterContinental Muscat will be a purpose-built InterContinental Concierge Lounge. The Concierge Lounge has been designed to enable guests to discover the city where the hotel is located through authentic local experiences and will incorporate a travel desk, business centre and concierge. Catering for meetings and events, the hotel's function space will also undergo reconfiguration to provide better access and more options for event planners and hosts.
Guests and customers can look forward to great dining experiences with the hotel's all day dining restaurant, which will be enhanced with a destination bar, terrace and garden, or relax in new dining and drinks venues. In addition to the spa and fitness centre, guests can enjoy some down time at the new floodlit tennis courts and new lap pool whilst young InterContinental guests are engaged at the new Kid's Play Area.
Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG said: “Omran is a valued partner of ours and we are delighted to renew our contract with them. We were one of the first international hotel companies to enter the Middle East with the InterContinental brand more than 50 years ago and guests recognise us as one of the leading luxury hotel brands in the world today. The refurbishment of InterContinental Muscat will bring the hotel to new levels and we are confident it will deliver greater luxury experiences for our guests when the works complete."
Omran currently has 3 IHG properties in its portfolio across Oman, including Crowne Plaza Duqm and the upcoming Crowne Plaza Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre which will open in 2016.
Wael Ahmed Al Lawati, CEO, Omran, said: “InterContinental Muscat has been a preferred choice amongst guests who enjoy luxury travel in Muscat. With a major refurbishment plan in place, we wanted to have a trusted partner who understands the hotel and guests manage the project with us. We have enjoyed a strong relationship with IHG over the past 37 years and are very pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with them. The new and enhanced features in InterContinental Muscat will definitely help draw more guests through our doors and we look forward to the completion of the refurbishment in the coming years."
IHG currently has six hotels in Oman across three brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn, and another two hotels in the development pipeline. There are 66 InterContinental hotels and resorts across Asia, Middle East and Africa and a further 23 hotels due to open in the next three to five years.