InterContinental Hotels Group Announces Crowne Plaza Pune City Centre

Industry Watch | June 14, 2016 | News

Crowne Plaza

Leading global hospitality giant InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the opening of the first Crowne Plaza® in Pune. The 173 room Crowne Plaza® Pune City Centre will operate under a management agreement with The Advantage Raheja Group and has been rebranded from an existing property, which will undergo an extensive upgrade.

Located in the Koregaon Park district, right in the heart of Pune, Crowne Plaza Pune City Centre is only a 20 minute drive from the airport and nearby key local businesses, venues, and attractions, making it ideal for hosting business travellers who need convenient access to the city while utilising ample space for large corporate meetings and events.

Shantha de Silva, Head of South West Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group said, “Over the last few years, Pune has established itself as one of the key commercial hubs of the country and so is a great market for the hospitality industry. Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has been recognized globally as a reputable meetings hotel brand for the last 30 years and is the perfect brand to meet the needs of corporate travellers and the growing MICE business in this city. We’re delighted to be partnering with the Advantage Raheja Group on this hotel and look forward to offering business ready services to our guests here.”

To truly make business travel work, the hotel will undergo an extensive refurbishment to upgrade guest rooms, public areas, restaurants and meeting space. Furniture & fittings and other interior elements will be enhanced to create more inviting dining options and engaging spaces for both business and social interactions. Commencing June 2016, the refurbishment is anticipated to be complete early 2017 and the hotel will remain fully operational during this time. The hotel is also equipped with 24-hour business services and meeting facilities as well as 11,800 sq. ft. of banqueting space. It features a fully-equipped 24-hour fitness centre and a newly designed swimming pool, as well as a rooftop restaurant and lounge.
Deepak Bhagwandas Raheja, founder of The Advantage Raheja Group said, “Crowne Plaza Pune City Centre will be equipped with the latest technology, quality furnishings and modern meeting facilities and I have every confidence it will be the number one business travel hotel in the city. Pune is expanding along its eastern and western peripheries and gradually transforming into a major tech and biotech centre so it is the perfect destination to develop a quality hotel that caters to the needs of corporate travellers. We’re pleased to be developing a leading business branded hotel with a global player like IHG, the company’s global distribution networks, loyalty programme and portfolio of preferred brands makes them the perfect partner to take the hotel to the next level. We look forward to welcoming our guests with the service and unique amenities they have come to expect at a Crowne Plaza.”

The 173-room hotel will operate under a management agreement with The Advantage Raheja Group and has been rebranded from an existing property, which will undergo an extensive upgrade.

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