The world’s largest hotel group, by sheer number of hotel rooms that they have, the InterContinental Hotel Group has recently signed a new franchisee agreement with Airport Hotel Limited. This agreement will rename the Old Manor House at Plaisance Airport to Holiday Inn Mauritius – Plaisance Airport. This will be the first Holiday Inn in Mauritius with a total number of 140 rooms. It will compliment the InterContinental Resort Mauritius which opened back in 2009.
Mauritius’ tourism industry has been growing steadily for the past few years and the opening of the new Holiday Inn is in response to the growing demand for a quality hotel at the airport. In the past two decades passenger traffic has increased three folds. The Holiday Inn Mauritius located just 700 meters from the Plaisance Airport will be able to handle the increased demand for quality hotels by both leisure and business travelers coming in to Mauritius.
Chief Executive Officer of Omnicane Limited, Jacques Marrier d’Unienville mentioned while speaking on the occasion that the new terminal which is in pipeline is going to increase the demand for hotel rooms manifold in the country. As such this is the best time possible for the launch of a new Holiday Inn in the country. With their extensive experience in hospitality the IHG is confident that they can offer an extremely high quality service to guests staying at the Holiday Inn Mauritius. Additionally he mentioned that IHG’s care for the immediate environment and the botanical diversity of the property has been important factors for its consideration as the first Holiday Inn in the country.
The agreement has been signed for a period of 20 years and IHG will be redeveloping the 3 acre site extensively over this period. Traditional Mauritian taste will ooze from the ambience and styling to be used inside and in the grounds. The designers will be using traditional hardwood timber in the shutters and pergolas, carefully complimenting the steelworks to give the interior an unique Mauritian feel.
The botanical diversity of the property which includes a huge array of trees is to be retained in the new scheme of things. Additionally a roof garden on the third floor has been proposed that will bring the natural environment within accessible distance for the guests. The property will be using sustainable design approaches which will involve taking advantage of the natural ventilation already in existence in the living areas plus using a low-eglazing to ensure that the power usage for air conditioning of the property is as low as possible. Most of the materials used such as stone and timber will in addition be sourced from local suppliers reducing the carbon footprint of the renovation work.
IHG’s Chief Operating Officer, for India, Middle East and Africa, Pascal Gauvin further commented that the steadily growing tourism industry of Mauritius is demanding additional hotel rooms of different varieties. The Holiday Inn will be addressing the demand for the mid-tier market, providing customers with a globally recognized brand. The opening of the Holiday Inn at the Plaisance Airport is going to further compliment the InterContinental Resort Mauritius which became operational back in 2009.
The 131 standard rooms and 9 executive rooms of the Holiday Inn Mauritius will be complimented by a gym, a spa, a bar lounge and terrace, a swimming pool, restaurant, plus five meeting rooms, a large banqueting room with a break out room into the garden.