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BBT July/August 2018
July/August 2018
For Business, Corporate Travel & Meeting Buyers & Arrangers

IHG to open first hotel in Ethiopia

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) is expanding into Africa with the signing of its first hotel in Ethiopia.

The hotel group has signed an agreement with Tsemex Hotels and Business to develop its Crowne Plaza brand in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The 210-room property is situated close to the African Union headquarters, African Union convention centre and the United Nations convention centre.

The hotel will feature an all-day dining restaurant, health club and spa and swimming pool. It will also offer a range of meeting facilities including boardroom, seven large meeting rooms and a ballroom for larger events.

Pascal Gauvin, IHG CEO for India, Middle East and Africa, said the hotel is currently developed to exploit the growing inflow of tourists and foreigners, particularly with the Bole International Airport now serving almost 20 million passengers yearly.

“Addis Ababa has great potential for tourism but is currently under-supplied in catering to business travellers and meetings and events,” he said.

Click here to read a destination review on Ethiopia from BBT editor Paul Revel.


A good accommodation is the most important thing a traveler want in his vacation. Although there are a number of hotels available in the prime cities, there are less hotels near to the sightseeing places. As a result, the travelers have to take a long journey from the hotel to reach. And if you see, every hotel has its own charm and uniqueness. Those hotels get superior amenities often attract the customers from far distant places. Intercontinental Hotel Groups is known and appreciated globally. It's certainly a good news for Ethiopia as the tourism sector is growing and in the process of acquiring more foreign tourists.

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