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IHG Sets Sights on Hotel Expansion in Russia

Published: April 10, 2014 (Issue # 1805)



  • Outside the new Hotel Indigo in St. Petersburg.
    Photo: ihg.com

InterContinental Hotels Group, or IHG, have plans to open 70 hotels across Russia by 2020, Aron Libinson, Vice President of Strategic Development Russia and CIS, told reporters in St. Petersburg Tuesday, reported Interfax Wednesday.

The company will focus on opening its luxury brand hotels in large cities, while its Holiday Inn Express and lower cost brands will open in smaller regions, he said.

On Monday, the company unveiled its new hotel in St. Petersburg - Hotel Indigo. Located on Ulitsa Tchaikovskogo, it's the first of its brand to open in Eastern Europe and Russia. With a room capacity of 119, the hotel is estimated to has cost $1.5 billion.

According to Libinson, IHG have plans to open another Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza in the city during 2015-16.

Libinson also noted that opening hotels in Crimea is also a possibility depending on investors and tourists numbers, reported Interfax.

IHG currently franchises, leases, manages or owns nine hotel brands including InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, EVEN Hotels and HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts.

Over the next few years, IHG plan to open 1,100 hotels worldwide.





 


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Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in “Downton Abbey” if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russia’s best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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