Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport opens for business

The new Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport has opened its doors to the public.

The 100-bedroom Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport, owned and operated by UK hotel management company, Chardon Management, brings one of the world’s popular limited service hotel brands to Scotland’s busiest airport.

All rooms at the hotel are en suite and have a telephone, a hairdryer, a trouser press, tea and coffee, a TV and pay-per-view movies. Guests are served a free Express Start breakfast in the newly refurbished Great Room, and the hotel also offers a lunch and dinner menu so that guests have the convenience of eating at the hotel.

Customers can enjoy a drink and a snack of their choice any time of day in an open pub setting in the hotel’s Lounge Bar.

Additionally, both business and tourist guests can benefit from the free Wi-Fi Internet access available throughout the day.

Chardon Trading director, Nicola Taylor, said: ‘Catering for both the business and leisure markets, the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport, is the perfect base for exploring Scotland’s capital city. ‘The smart choice for travellers who need a simple, engaging hotel to rest, recharge and get a little work done – whether you’re on the way to somewhere or with us for a week – Holiday Inn Express hotels provide just the things that you need most and nothing more.’

Built on the old Quality hotel, the new Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport is located just a few minutes from the airport terminal building by the 24 hour airport shuttle bus. It is only five minutes from the commercial district of The Gyle and Edinburgh Park, and 20 minutes from Edinburgh city centre. The hotel has on-site parking for long- and short-stay guests.

IHG launches new campaign to support Holiday Inn Express brand

UK’s InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to launch a new brand campaign as part of efforts to support its growing Holiday Inn Express brand.

The new brand campaign, which will be launched in the UK and Germany, targets travellers looking for a decent hotel stay, for business or holiday, at an affordable rate. Created by JWT London, the advertising campaign focuses on the brand’s pledge to give guests an unfussy accommodation – ‘Simple. Smart. Spot On.’

The campaign will be transmitted across TV, radio, digital, PR, in-hotel and B2B channels in the UK and across PR channels in Germany.

Matt Luscombe, chief commercial officer, IHG, Europe explained: ‘Our 2013 Trends Report identified the emerging categories of traveller set to shape the next ten years of travel so we can listen and respond to their needs.

‘The ‘Simple. Smart. Spot On.’ guest experience at Holiday Inn Express is designed to appeal to the type of smart traveller who is looking for independent, fuss-free travel: a simple, great night’s rest which helps them to be productive on the go.’

The campaign comes at a time when UK visitors are increasingly contributing to strong growth in German tourism. According to the latest figures from the German Federal Bureau of Statistics, between January and June 2013, over 30.9 million overnight stays were registered in accommodation establishments of ten beds or more. This represents an increase of 3.2 per cent compared to the previous year.

‘These positive first-half numbers are continuing, and after three record years in a row, the signs are also pointing to growth for 2013 as a whole – this is a great success for Destination Germany,’ said Ernst Burgbacher, representative of the Federal Government for business and tourism.

The UK market also remains a highly important target sector for Germany, with an increase of 7.5 per cent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.

One of the largest and fastest growing brands in the hotel industry, Holiday Inn Express has over 2,200 hotels in 31 countries around the world.

Edinburgh Airport’s new Holiday Inn Express opens for bookings

The new Holiday Inn Express under development at Edinburgh Airport has started taking bookings from guests and travellers looking to explore Scotland.

The development of the 100-bedroom Holiday Inn Express at Edinburgh Airport is progressing and it will commence service in January 2014. UK-based hotel management company, Chardon Management, operates the hotel.

Chardon Management director, Nicola Taylor, said: ‘Catering for both the business and leisure markets, the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport, is the perfect base for exploring Scotland’s capital city.

‘The smart choice for travellers who need a simple, engaging hotel to rest, recharge and get a little work done – whether you’re on the way to somewhere or with us for a week – Holiday Inn Express hotels provide just the things that you need most and nothing more.’

The new Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport offers on-site parking for long and short stay guests. It also has free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout. Located near the airport terminal building, the hotel is only 5 minutes from the commercial district of The Gyle and Edinburgh Park, and 20 minutes from Edinburgh city centre.

The Holiday Inn Express brand is a mid-priced hotel chain within the IHG group. The brand’s hotels are intended to offer fewer amenities but at a reasonable price and are aimed at the business traveller and short-stays. There are approximately 2,200 properties under the Express brand, all of which have been developed following the brands inception in the USA in 1991.

Along with IHG’s other brands, Holiday Inn Express will be offering free wi-fi Internet connectivity at all of its properties from 2014.

Interstate Hotels and Resorts Opens New Holiday Inn Express in Netherlands

Holiday Inn Express, a hotel brand from UK-based InterContinental Hotels Group, has announced the opening of its new Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam-South, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 1, 2012.

The 80-room hotel is located in Amsterdam’s financial district. The hotel has amenities that include a lobby bar, complimentary continental breakfast buffet and complimentary kosher breakfast.

The hotel also provides special Shabbat amenities, complimentary Wi-Fi, and there is an LCD satellite TV in every guestroom.

US-based hotel real estate investor, Interstate Hotels and Resorts, and TVHG Budget Group Beheer BV (TVHG), a Netherland-based hotel development company, jointly own the property. Interstate Hotels and Resorts are operating the Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam-South under a long-term contract with InterContinental Hotels Group.

Leslie Ng, the chief investment officer of Interstate Hotels and Resorts, said, ‘Due to our long and strong relationships with the world’s leading brands, and our nearly 20 year successful track record in Europe, we are able to bring significant advantages to hotel owners and developers seeking to invest in the region.

This hotel is our third Holiday Inn branded hotel opened in Amsterdam within the last 14 months. We see numerous opportunities to expand our hotel portfolio in Europe, operating both premium branded hotels and luxury independent hotels and resorts as well.’

Jim Abrahamson, the chief executive officer of Interstate Hotels and Resorts, said, ‘Europe is a significant part of our strategic growth plan and this partnership with TVHG demonstrates our commitment to the region, particularly with well-regarded local partners. These nine hotels will give us a significant market presence in this vibrant country and we look forward to continuing our partnership with TVHG.’