Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to open its first Intercontinental-brand property in Laos in 2021, as part of the new mixed-use World Trade Centre development. The more than 400-room Intercontinental Vientiane will join a retail mall, medical centre, conference centre, office tower and residential towers when it opens.
The hotel and development will be situated next to Lan Cang Avenue, Vietnam Street and French Street, in close proximity to key buildings including the Prime Minister’s office, numerous international embassies and major convention centres. Wattay International Airport is a short drive from the location, and public transportation options will allow for convenient access to the Lao National Museum and the Morning Market.
“Laos is currently one of the region’s fastest growing nations with close to five million international arrivals each year and future infrastructural and industrial developments under way to continue boosting economic growth and attract foreign investment,” said Leanne Harwood, vice president, operations for IHG, Southeast Asia and Korea. “It is well on its way to becoming one of the region’s busiest business and tourist destinations and it’s a great time to be bringing the Intercontinental brand into the country to tap on this potential.”
Guests at the hotel will be able to make use of the brand’s signature Club Lounge, in addition to a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre. A speciality restaurant, all-day international restaurant, lobby lounge and bar will make up the F&B offerings.
Speaking about the opening, Lao International Development Co CEO, Xiao Long, said: “In looking for a hotel management partner we were seeking one with a strong track record in operating hotels in new markets and a well-known premium hotel brand to complement the mix of offerings which would draw business and leisure travellers to stay with us when they travel.”