4,200-room IHG Voco hotel slated for Saudi Arabia [Construction Report]

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) plans
to open the biggest property yet under its new upmarket Voco
brand.

Big things are coming for
Intercontinental Hotels Group
(IHG) and
its new upmarket
Voco
brand — literally.

In fact, IHG plans to open its biggest property yet under Voco.
That would be the Voco Makkah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is slated
to open in early 2020, and when it does it will have 4,200 rooms,
making it not just the biggest Voco property but one of the single
biggest hotels in the entire world (with the biggest, for those who
are curious, being the 7,351-room First World Hotel in Malaysia,
which set the Guiness World Record for having the most rooms back
in 2015).

Voco Makkah will be housed within the Maad Hospitality Towers
development, which is a mixed-use project that also includes
restaurants, lounge areas, event spaces and prayer halls.

More details about the Voco Makkah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

While few details have so far been released about the new hotel,
the company is slowly sharing more information about the massive
property.

In fact, it will contain 20,000 square-meters of dining and
meeting facilities. It will also be located within easy walking
distance of the Masjid al-Haram, which is the mosque that attracts
millions of visitors each year for the Hajj pilgrimage. This
opening will take the United Kingdom-based IHG’s total portfolio
within Saudi Arabia to above 19,500 total rooms.

It’s also a significant milestone for the upmarket Voco brand,
which launched in 2018 and now includes properties located in
Cardiff, Oxford, Solihull and Dubai. In addition, it also includes
properties in Australia’s Gold Coast and Hunter Valley, with more
signed in Bangkok, Sydney, Cairo, and elsewhere.

More about Voco

Voco is a growing and important brand for IHG, which in addition
to the new massive hotel has also signed a deal to convert Saudi
Arabia’s Coral Hotel to Voco Al Khobar.

Voco, for the unfamiliar, is a “soft” brand, which means
that it allows hotels to retain a distinctive character, while also
adding common features such as a welcome snack upon arrival, social
areas, and a touches of yellow in its design details. IHG, for its
part, operates 92 hotels throughout seven brands in the Middle,
including Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza,
Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Voco and Six
Senses. The group has also been expanding its luxury and upmarket
portfolio in recent years, launching Voco as well as acquiring the
Kimpton, Six Senses and Regent Hotels brands.


Pascal Gauvin
, IHG’S managing director for India, the Middle
East and Africa, had this to say, “We are honoured to enter into
this agreement with Maad International, which is one of the most
renowned hospitality development companies in the Kingdom.

“They have a unique vision not only for the hotel sector but
also for Saudi Arabia as a sought-after destination. We are also
proud to add this landmark property to our longstanding portfolio
in Saudi Arabia. Having opened our first hotel Intercontinental
Riyadh in 1975, we have gained significant experience and expertise
in running successful operations in KSA, and particularly in
Makkah.

“Religious tourism is expected to increase further year on
year to gradually reach 30 million visitors by 2030. We look
forward to catering to the influx of pilgrims at Voco Makkah, which
will provide a welcoming, comfortable and a reliably different
experience during the Hajj and Umrah seasons.”

Let’s take a look at some hotel projects by IHG in the Middle
East:

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4,200-room IHG Voco hotel slated for Saudi Arabia [Construction Report]